Jan 4 2013 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Happy New Year film lovers!
Last year was huge for cinema with Bond, Batman, Hobbits and Avengers, but 2013 promises to be every bit as memorable.
It probably won’t surprise you to discover that this year is once again dominated by comic-book adaptations.
The biggest of the lot is Man of Steel (June 14), which is director Zack Snyder’s attempt to resurrect the Superman franchise, with Brit Henry Cavill donning the red cape.
The best may prove to be Iron Man 3 (April 26) with Robert Downey Jr. back in the suit. Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black directs in his series debut and a trailer hinting at destruction, death and a dark tone.
But don’t discount Kick-Ass 2 (July 19), Thor: The Dark World (November 8) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4), all sequels to terrific originals, and The Wolverine (July 25) can only be an improvement on the distinctly average X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Early year fare normally means awards candidates and 2013 is no different, with Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (January 18), Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (January 25) and Hitchcock (February 8), starring Anthony Hopkins as the great man, all gathering Oscar buzz.
It wouldn’t be a year at the flicks without some horror remakes and reboots and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw 3D, January 9), the Book of the Dead (Evil Dead, April 19), and mad mum Mrs White (Carrie, April 5) are all resurrected to terrify a new generation. Whether they can match the originals’ classic scares and timeless horror remains to be seen.
Sequels dominate across all genres with The Hangover Part III (May 24) promising to be The Wolfpack’s farewell (surely?), Jennifer Lawrence picking up the bow and arrow again in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22), Bilbo Baggins getting closer to a return home in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 27) teaming Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson up with Bruce Willis.
Speaking of Mr Willis, the ladies may earn a few brownie points with their partners by agreeing to go and see his fifth outing as cop John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard when it’s released on Valentine’s Day.
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) should be spectacular, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain and Chris Pine’s Kirk butting heads.
But can you believe we are having a fifth Scary Movie inflicted upon us on April 12? Originality isn’t totally absent from the big screen in 2013.
Director Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi actioner Pacific Rim (July 12) will see giant robots piloted by humans battling aliens, teenage girls can start practising their screams for One Direction: The Movie (August 30), bizarrely directed by Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock, and though it ain’t technically original, there’s a big screen debut for The Lone Ranger (August 9) with Johnny Depp as Tonto.
Just about something for everyone, then, in 2013.
Hi-yo, Silver! Away!