Kapiti Observer : January 14th 2013
11 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 14, 2013 in 2013's cinema highlights Blow the house down: Leonardo DiCaprio has money on his mind in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. Rebooted: Harry Cavill is touted to be a Superman for our times in Man of Steel. Gang green: Expect white-knuckle suspense and intrigue in Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty. #6 The Master The lowdown: A naval veteran, played by Joaquin Phoenix, arrives home from the Second World War unsettled and uncer- tain of his future, until he is tantalised by The Cause and its charismatic leader, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The hoopla: Any new picture from Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights) is an event, and this study of 1950s America through the eyes of a Hemingway- esque wanderer and an industrial- ist is no different. The rub: Reviews have been mixed, some put off by the lack of a clear statement, and its ambigu- ous comment on scientology -- which the cult is supposedly mod- elled on. Trailer traction: What you d expect, beautifully shot, ambigu- ous, and dominated by a scenery- chewing Phoenix. ETA: January 17. #5 Man of Steel The lowdown: Superman gets the reboot treatment. Brit Henry Cavill dons the S in what is expected to be a weightier, more grounded depiction of what it would mean to have a super- powered being in our midst. The hoopla: Can Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) do for Superman what Christopher Nolan did for Batman? It s arguably the biggest question mark hanging over movies for 2013. Having Nolan produce and assist with the story doesn t hurt, nor does a cast including Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. The rub: Can Snyder really han- dle this? Watchmen would suggest hell yes , but he got it so, so wrong on his last movie, the braindead, story-starved Suckerpunch. Trailer traction: Downcast and reflective, yet rousing. I m hooked. ETA: June 27. #4 Lincoln The lowdown: Steven Spielberg s long-awaited political study of The Great Emancipator, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. It focuses on Honest Abe circa 1865 and his dilemma -- to try and end slavery or end The Civil War -- but he can t do both. The hoopla: Spielberg, Day- Lewis, an American icon -- this one was Oscar-bait the second it was announced. State-side response has been rapturous, though it was always going to be. Day-Lewis perform- ance looks like another scorcher and the supporting cast is from the top shelf. The rub: Spielberg has as many misses as hits these days, but this looks rock solid. Only risk is it gets too enamoured with its sub- ject and the characters starting chanting USA! USA! Trailer traction: Both of them are beauties, promising an enter- taining history lesson/character study. ETA: January 31. #3 Zero Dark Thirty The lowdown: For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and mili- tary operatives, working in secret, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty chronicles history s greatest man- hunt, from the Oscar-winning team who made The Hurt Locker, starring Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Kyle Chandler. The hoopla: If The Hurt Locker connections aren t enough to arouse interest, then the plaudits should. Kathryn Bigelow s picture topped the National Board of Review s list for 2012, has a Rot- ten Tomatoes rating sitting at 100 per cent fresh , and is at short odds to win her another Oscar. The rub: Only an Avatar fan still bitter about losing the Best Picture Oscar to The Hurt Locker could pick holes in this one. Trailer traction: A promising mix of suspense, intrigue and stress in the workplace. ETA: January 31 #2 Before Midnight The lowdown: A continuation of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, chat-heavy romances starring Ethan Hawke as cynical American Jesse and Julie Delpy as French romantic Celine, who are now in their 40s. This time they cross paths -- or perhaps are already an item -- in Greece. The hoopla: If Before Sunrise isn t the most romantic movie since Casablanca, then Before Sunset is. Richard Linklater s per- fect pair of brief encounters deserved a third (and perhaps final) act, and we may finally know if Jesse missed his plane at the end of Before Sunset. The rub: The real-time, improv style of Before Sunset was a bit gabby for some audiences, and it s unknown whether Before Mid- night repeats the style. But for fans, Midnight can t come fast enough. Trailer traction: N/A ETA: Mid year (will debut at Sundance Film Festival). #1 The Wolf of Wall Street The lowdown: Based on the bestselling memoir of high-flying 1990s stockbroker-cum-criminal Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street will trace his rise and fall; the money, the drugs, the women -- all under the masterful guid- ance of Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort. The hoopla: Scorsese is back where he belongs, New York City, and will no doubt offer a fascinat- ing character study and an indus- try constantly embroiled in cor- ruption and accused of self- service. Former The Sopranos scribe Terence Winter has written the screenplay, and Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau and Matthew McConaughey co-star. The rub: The premise and story arc does sound a little like a white-collar Goodfellas, and is there anything more to say about Wall St excess and immorality that Wall Street, Margin Call and American Psycho haven t covered already? Trailer traction: N/A. ETA: End of year.
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