Kapiti Observer : January 5th 2012
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FROM Page 8 #6 Brave The Lowdown: Another year, another Pixar animated film -- but this is the studio's first stab at a traditional fairytale, where a prin- cess (Kelly McDonald) who brings turmoil to the kingdom, must undertake a dangerous quest to undo a dark curse. The hoopla: Despite the lack- lustre Cars franchise Pixar remains a pseudonym for excel- lence. Brave will be visually striking and it's great to see the focus on a young heroine. Game of Thrones for the whole family perhaps? The rub: From what we know of the story, it's very familiar fan- tasy turf -- but I'd expect the genre conventions to be turned upside down. Trailer traction: Visually sump- tuous but otherwise a little fran- tic, trying to fit in too much. ETA: June 21. #5 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy The lowdown: Gary Oldman embodies taciturn English spy George Smiley in this Cold War thriller, based on the John le Carre novel. There is a mole in MI6 and Smiley is charged with smoking him out. The hoopla: The cast is formi- dable; Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, John Hurt. Director Tomas Alfredson was responsible for the finest, most original vampire movie in decades with Let the Right One In. I can't wait to see how he tackles the spy genre. The rub: Alec Guinness is regarded by many as the quin- tessential George Smiley, and indeed, one could question the need for an update on the fine 1979 version. Trailer traction: Terse, sullen, tense, perfect. ETA: January 19. #4 Moneyball The lowdown: Brad Pitt plays Billy Bean, general manager of the struggling Oakland A's major league baseball team, who turned America's national pastime on its head by using computer- generated analysis to draft players in favour of throwing bucks at big hitters. Jonah Hill plays stats guru Peter Brand. Think Major League with maths. The hoopla: Yes, that's right, a film about sports statistics and a code given little credence in New Zealand. Still, my care factor is through the roof. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Net- work, West Wing) had a hand in the script, and word is Pitt delivers the performance of his career. The rub: Everyone loves an underdog sports movie but folks are used to seeing the action on the field, not in the boardroom. Hopefully it still finds an audience in New Zealand and doesn't go straight to DVD. Trailer traction: Tries to recre- ate the Friday Night Lights vibe, which at least shows good taste. Plenty of wit on show. ETA: February 16. #3 Django Unchained The lowdown: He's been threat- ening it for a decade, now Quentin Tarantino has finally made a Western -- kind of. With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned- bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo Dicaprio). The hoopla: Good or bad, any- thing Tarantino does is an event. Expect the ghost of Sergio Leone to loom large. The cast is typically eclectic; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sasha Baron Cohen, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell. Here's hoping Michael Kenneth Williams (so good as Omar in The Wire) gets decent screen time. The rub: I wasn't enamoured when I heard Foxx scored the main role. He often overcooks his characters. With Tarantino's dia- logue at his disposal, it could go either way. Trailer traction: N/A ETA: December 25. #2 The Hobbit: An Unexpec- ted Journey The lowdown: Peter Jackon takes us back to Middle Earth for Bilbo Baggins' journey to the Lonely Mountain, accompanied by a group of dwarfs, to reclaim treasure from the dragon Smaug. The hoopla: Even the mildest of The Lord of the Rings fans should be salivating in anticipation for The Hobbit, which has been split into a two-part saga. Tolkien's story has been twea- ked to ensure some of our favour- ite Rings characters return. The rub: The project endured a lot of drama in pre-production -- change of studios, director Guillermo del Toro departing due to delays, threat of filming outside New Zealand -- but since the cameras starting rolling with Jackson at the helm, it's been like waiting for an old best friend to arrive. Trailer traction: N/A -- can't be too far away. ETA: December 14. #1 The Dark Knight Rises The lowdown: It takes a real hero to top The Hobbit, and Chris Nolan's vision of Batman is cer- tainly that. The final in his trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises sees the arrival of the muscular mastermind Bane (Tom Hardy), Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and the return of Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson). The hoopla: The Dark Knight was not only the greatest super- hero movie ever but also one of the best, most dramatic action movies full stop. Nolan is a visionary, uncompromising film-maker and will surely conclude the saga leav- ing nothing in the tank. It says something that there is a fan debate raging on whether Batman will make it to the end. The rub: Unless you were des- perate for Robin to show up, what's to worry about? Yes, Heath Ledger was a big part of The Dark Knight's success but Nolan has had the good sense not to try to replace'' Joker with a similarly larger-than-life villain (Riddler, Penguin, etc). Trailer traction: Just a teaser so far, with old footage and a glimpse of Bane. Hopefully one of the big Boxing Day movies will carry a full trailer. ETA: July 19.
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