It’s the middle of July and the Summer Blockbuster period is truly in full swing. Audiences everywhere are currently being spoiled for choice at their local multiplex. With Pacific Rim, Despicable Me 2, This Is The End and Man of Steel fighting for box-office glory, what better time to look to the future, and what we can expect from the rest of the year once the Blockbuster season has ended. Here are Luke’s Film Blog’s five most anticipated films throughout the rest of 2013.
Anchorman 2 (Released: 20th December)
We’ve been teased left and right with little bits of speculation and the odd teaser trailer for the long awaited sequel to Adam McKay’s 2004 comedy phenomena. But 2013 will finally see Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgandy return with his legendary news team (Rudd, Carrell, Koechner) to deliver another batch of epically quotable one liners. They’re now in a new decade (the 1980’s) and a new city (New York) and as the old values of the anchorman have diminished they must join a 24 hour rolling news service to survive. With the majority of the original’s cast with added Kristen Wiig as Brick’s girlfriend and a host of cameos that I’ve probably ruined for myself by going on IMDB, I’m certain this will encapsulate the unpredictability and hilarity of the first film.
Captain Phillips (Released: 11th October)
To tell the harrowing tale of Captain Richard Phillips and his abduction by Somalian pirates there could have been no better choice of director than Paul Greengrass. His ability to make an emotionally charged film complete with very real characters was the reason United 93 was as wonderful as it was. He’s in similar territory, here, as he must make the terrifying idea of abduction on the horn of Africa real to audiences. He must capture the fear and raw emotion of the protagonist whilst showing the story from all sides. Tom Hanks plays the eponymous Captain in what looks like it could be serious business when awards season arrives.
Alpha Papa (Released: 7th August)
It’s been about a decade since a potential Alan Partridge movie was considered. There was much thinking about whether they should send him to America or maybe somewhere on holiday, however, he’s staying in Britain and more precisely Norwich as Alan must become hostage negotiator as sacked DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meany) goes on a rampage through Radio Norwich.
The danger with films derived from a successful British sitcom is they sometimes have trouble adapting to the new format. Rarely, do they attain the success of last year’s Inbetweeners movie and for every one of those is a Kevin and Perry Go Large or Keith Lemon: The Movie. Alpha Papa looks like in biding its time it has come up with a great story concept, created and written by the same geniuses, Iannuci, Coogan, Baynham, who made the TV show so special. The trailer is full of great lines that are delivered perfectly and with a mix of old and new characters this looks like the most epic of films that Norwich has to offer.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Released: 22nd November)
A latecomer to the worldwide success of The Hunger Games, I became an instant fan when I saw the first film. Never, did I think a mainstream blockbuster with loads of kids would be able to shock and entail such adult films as enslavement, infanticide and poverty. I’m sure the constant Battle Royale comparisons will continue, however, both are great films in their own right. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, more scenes of the uprising and an ultimate Hunger Games tournament on offer, I expect Catching Fire to include even more tension, breathtaking violence and scenes of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen cockteasing Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Released: 13th December)
I wasn’t the only one to say to comment on the flaws in An Unexpected Journey. It was too long, it had too many characters and the narrative was very simplistic. However, it looked glorious and some of the performances, from Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen in particular, were magnificent.
There was a lot to admire which is why I’m still optimistic about The Desolation of Smaug. First of all, we finally get to see Smaug the Dragon in all his glory, voiced with the delectable tones of Benedict Cumberbatch. Also, a lot of the characterisation and set up has been done, so we can just sit back and enjoy the adventures of all the dwarves we are now familiar with. Taking on another six chapters of The Hobbit, we still won’t see The Battle of the Five Armies for another year but we will be treated to loads of elves, Gandalf’s run in with the Necromancer and much more Dwarvish camaraderie.
With the likes of Thor 2, The Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street, Elysium, Jobs and Kick Ass 2 whetting our appetite throughout the coming months it should mean a spectacular 2013 as a whole.