2011 in Film: What To Expect…
For all the great films we’ve had coming out in the past few years, 2011 seems to have a particulary special mix lined up for us. Some look fantastic, some look terrible, some look like pure batshit insanity. But there are several events to look forward to this year.
Particularly for superhero fans, as there are many films of that ilk coming out this year. Because of The Avengers movie being announced for 2012, and the jaw dropping levels of awesome that will bring of itself, some new superheroes need to be brought onto the movie scene to join Iron Man. Thor and Captain America are definitely getting releases this year, and a new Hulk (I know, already?) is being touted for production. Also coming out this year are Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern, and what looks to be an incredibly awful piece of tripe called The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen.
The Harry Potter franchise is set to finish this year too, and fans who were too lazy to read the books will finally get to see how it all ends. For fans with even less taste and sense, the copycat beginning-of-the-end Twilight saga movie will be coming out, and I hope Mr. Pattinson will soon follow suit, just to disappoint the legion of fans he’s built up.
Fans of Matt Damon will get to see him quite a lot this year, and hear him in some cases, when he narrates Inside Job, a documentary about the recent financial collapse. First though, you get to see him play a disillusioned psychic in Hereafter which, from the looks of the trailer, might make me incredibly angry/nauseous. However, the piece most fans are looking forward to is the Coen brothers remake of True Grit. However, I’d much rather see the 1969 original with John Wayne, before attempting to see Damon portray a cowboy.
Now one cowboy film that must be seen this year, if only to be believed, is Cowboys and Aliens. Which is exactly what the titles suggest: An alien spaecship planning to take over the world lands in the Old West in 1873. I…I actually don’t think anything more needs to be said, it is along the same logic that Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus became so popular.
Other big names coming out this year include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (a franchise hoping to be more popular now that Bloom and Knightley have departed) and Transformers: The Dark of the Moon (a franchise hoping to keep any semblance of popularity now it has got rid of Megan Fox yet kept Shia Labeouf). Also Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Sherlock Holmes 2. You could almost call it the year of the number 2.
However, what I have gathered you all here today for is to review the new Oscar-tipped sensation, The King’s Speech starring; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon and Ramona Marquez (a.k.a the little girl from Outnumbered). It follows the story of Prince Albert (Firth), the Duke of York and later to become King George VI (any who consider that a spoiler, learn some damn history), who suffered from speech impediments. The plot follows him and therapist Lionel Logue (Rush) over the course of the several years up until his speech to the nation on the day that war was declared against Germany in 1939.
Before I hear any moans of, ‘Ohhh, not another costume drama’, let me tell you that I am usually doubtful of their merits. Having grown up in a house that welcomes almost any period/costume drama into its bosom on a fairly constant basis, I know of the genre far too well. And it usually seems to me like a fairly easy ratings winner, to adapt a book or event, add Maggie Smith or Judy Dench in a old style dress and watch the ratings roll in.
But The King’s Speech contains as many belly laughs as quite a few comedies coming out in cinema of the past few years. Where I’ve found many period dramas fell stale, this feels fresh and alive. The script is quick and full of witticisms. And the acting should be worthy of at least 3 Academy Award nominations this year. Colin Firth has won much praise and Oscar buzz for his role, and I couldn’t agree more. The stammer he developed for the role reportedly stayed with him for weeks afterwards, and he pulls off a multitude of emotions superbly well. Geoffrey Rush as a supporting actor bounced wonderfully off of Firth and having more than enough quips of his own. The beauty of the story is the therapist making sure he is on a par with the royal, so as to best befriend him, and the chemistry between the two works better than any partenrship I saw in the past decade. And finally a nod should go to Bonham Carter as doting wife to the Prince/King. She plays a quiet role, but the film would undoubtedly be the poorer for it.
So, there is a variety of films for all cinemagoers this year. I have no idea how any of them will turn out, good or bad. So, I can only give you one tip: go see The King’s Speech.
Posted on January 8, 2011, in Film and tagged Colin Firth, Cowboys and Aliens, Geoffrey Rush, Green Lantern, Helena Bonham Carter, King George VI, Matt Damon, The Avengers, The Kings Speech, True Grit. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.