While 2012 was lackluster in terms of movies for this fanboy, 2013 looks really promising. Let's take a gander at some movies that catch my interest for next year... and not necessarily in a good way. If you're a serious film buff, you should check your expectations. I'm pretty much a poster child for tentpole movie fandom so there won't be many Oscar contenders here.
Our good pal Fix-It Felix will help us by indicating whether I predict a movie to be good (Medal Felix) or bad (Pushing Up Daisies Felix). We'll start with...
GI Joe: Retaliation (March 13)
I actually like the first GI Joe movie, but I don't have high hopes for this one. You might remember the snafu that ensued when the studio decided to pull it from the release schedule last summer and reschedule it for 2013. It's rumored that either the studio wanted to add 3D effects or reshoot parts of the movie with more Channing Tatum. Considering how awful both 3D effects and Channing Tatum are, it's a lose-lose for me either way. Let's hope I'm wrong; I'm really digging the vintage toyline inspired costumes.
Iron Man 3 (May 3) / Thor: The Dark World (November 8)
I group these two movies together because I feel the same way about both. After the amazing adventure that was the Avengers movie last year, I find it difficult to get excited to see the characters again in their individual movies. The Iron Man movies are pretty strong, so I can see Iron Man 3 being entertaining despite my reservations. I was surprised how much I liked the first Thor movie, even if it was just a big bowl of okay, so the sequel might not be bad.
Star Trek: Into Darkness (May 17)
I'm a huge Star Trek fan as you can likely tell by the overwhelming number of Trek-related posts here, so it should come as no surprise that this is my most highly anticipated movie of 2013. The new movie looks great and seems to tone down the slightly overplayed humor of the first movie (which I loved regardless). I'm also interested to see just who this new villain is. Let's hope he doesn't turn out to be Khan. We need to explore new areas here, people.
Man of Steel (June 14)
I love my DC superheroes, but I haven't found Superman to be particularly impressive on the big screen. I was never much of a fan of the Christopher Reeve Superman and the Brandon Routh movie just fell flat. Still, I have high hopes for this one. I loved Henry Cavill in The Tudors and if anybody can pull off Superman, it's him. Also, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming toy line which seems like it will go really well with my Green Lantern and Batman movie figures. The merchandising for any movie is more important to me than the movie itself, so I think Man of Steel will make this summer a lot of fun.
World War Z (June 21)
Despite the fact that I'm a zombie movie nut, I have no interest in World War Z. Maybe that's because the plot seems completely unoriginal: a family's sense of security is shattered by some sci-fi civilization-ending macguffin that the dad has to overcome to reunite with his family and save them from utter destruction. Sound familiar? It should... it's pretty much the same thing as War of the Worlds 2005 and I Am Legend, among many others. Not only that, but alllegedly production problems plagued the movie to the point where they had to refilm significant portions of it. It's not looking good. This is one I feel comfortable skipping.
Pacific Rim (July 12)
Giant monsters vs. giant robots? Count me in. As a Godzilla fan who is desperate to see any giant monsters on the big screen again, this might be just what I need. It's possible I might like this movie even more than the Star Trek sequel. NECA and Sideshow are in the mix to make toys, so let's hope we get some great action figures out of this movie.
Attack of the Clones 3D (September 20) / Revenge of the Sith 3D (October 4)These movies are still coming out, right? I haven't heard much about either, besides this confirmation of the release dates by Lucasfilm. Maybe the lack of press has something to do with the lackluster box office returns for The Phantom Menace 3D. Considering my disdain for both of these movies, not to mention my disappointment with the 3D format in general, I just don't see me dropping my money to see either. I might go in 2014 to catch the Original Trilogy in 3D, if only to see the "real" Star Wars movies in the theaters once again.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13)IMDB
I haven't seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey yet. I'm not the biggest fan of Lord of the Rings and from the reviews, it seems like Unexpected Journey exhibits everything I hated about the Fellowship of the Ring. Still, I liked The Two Towers and loved Return of the King, so I want to give it a try. Also, I've heard some cool things about Smaug, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he turns out in the sequel. Let's hope a Smaug action figure is planned somewhere down the road.
And that's it for my list! Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this year? Oh, and extra points for anybody who can name the three movies that are seen in the lettering for the logo above.