By Sophia Savage
Jan. 3, 2012
According to NPR, while 2011 was the year of the “staggeringly disappointing superhero movie,” 2012 will be the year of the smart superhero movie, with high hopes for “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Meanwhile, WIRED’s Most Tantalizing Movies of 2012 includes surefire box office hits “The Hobbit” and “The Dark Knight Rises” as well as less-certain titles, from “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” to David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” and Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows.”
Hype too often leads to disappointment. Many projects we were excited to report in 2011 will soon arrive for our consumption–and our enjoyment and praise, we hope.
Below, the ten studio films we’re most excited to see –along with cause for concern, which we rank from #10 – high to #1 – low:
10. “The Great Gatsby” – Warner Bros, December 25
Great Expectations: You couldn’t ask for a better cast; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher.
Cause for Concern: Why are we telling this story again? And why did director Baz Luhrmann’s choose to make the film in3-D? It’s a terrible sign that the film could end up a soulless, incoherent spectacle like his 2008 “Australia.”
9. “World War Z” – Paramount, December 21
Great Expectations: Brad Pitt is enjoying the peak of his career, with knockout naturalistic performances in both “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life” (which could win him an Oscar). This post-zombie war sci-fi-thriller from Marc Forster should deliver action goods with substance. Forster told ThePlaylist that the film departs from Max Brooks‘ book, and will be more than just entertainment: “Zombies have always been a metaphor for the darker side of humanity…it’s a very interesting time we live in.”
Cause for Concern: It’s hard to predict where Forster will go. He’s inconsistent at best, from “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland” to “Quantum of Solace” to “Machine Gun Preacher,” which was heavy on cliches and flat on feeling. “World War Z” is new genre territory for him, and it’s hopefully what he’s been saving his smarts for.