As we begin a new year in movies, I thought I’d take some time to look forward to the movies we’ll be seeing over the course of the year. In this article, I’ll go over my top 15 most anticipated movies of the year. Now, it should be noted that these are not the movies that I think will necessarily be the best of 2011. Rather, they are the ones that, at the time of writing, I am most anticipating. So without further ado, here are my most anticipated movies of 2011.
1. Sucker punch
Director: Zack Snyder
Screenplay: Zack Snyder and Steve Shibuya
Cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, and Abbie Cornish
Release Date: March 25, 2011
Genre: Action Fantasy Suspense
What it is: A girl is institutionalized by her evil stepfather. Retreating to an alternate reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan that will help her escape the facility.
Why it should be good: Really hot, badass girls in school girl outfits and other skimpy clothes, with swords and guns, along with Snyder’s amazing visual flair. Yes, definitely count on me. The trailer for this looks completely amazing. From the style to the action, even the story (although it seems a bit off) seems great. I’m starting to really enjoy Snyder’s work. If The Adjustment Bureau could be this year’s new Inception because of its mind-shit story, then Sucker Punch could absolutely be this year’s Inception meets The Dark Knight meets 300 meets Inglorious Basterds because of its style. and epic adventure, but dark tone with alternate realities. This movie just oozes style and badass and I really can’t wait for what is sure to be an absolutely entertaining epic adventure.
Why it might suck: Snyder can be a bit off at times. While Watchmen was enjoyable, it got a bit boring. And Legend of the Guardians is also said to suffer from some pacing issues and has received mixed reviews from critics. Although to be fair to Snyder, he didn’t write any of those films, but he is responsible for the writing (or at least the screenplay) of the badass 300.
2.Sherlock Holmes 2
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Kieran and Michele Mulroney
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Genre: Action Mystery
What it is: Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson, join forces to outwit and defeat his fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Why it should be good: I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. Doyle’s stories remain my favorite books to this day. I love Sherlock. He is so rude. And finally, a movie seems to have captured that quite well. The first was one of the best Sherlock performances I’d ever seen. Instead of being portrayed as a smug, “proper” and sophisticated Englishman, he was portrayed with all the sharpness with which Doyle wrote him. While the movie was truly Hollywood beyond what you’d find in the books, it was a fun adventure and quite an enjoyable movie. Guy Ritchie is also a very good filmmaker. For these reasons, and my love for Sherlock, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Part 2 turns out, especially when they come face to face with Moriarty. Also, I can’t wait to see how well Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.) fares in her Hollywood debut.
Why it might suck: New writers. The original writers of the former will not return, instead Kieran and Michele Mulroney will take over the job. So let’s see how they handle it. Relatively new to writing, the two previously penned Paper Man, which didn’t do so well with critics.
3. Paranormal Activity 3
Director: Todd Williams
Writer: Christopher B. Landon and Michael R. Perry; oren peli characters
Stars: Katie Featherston
Release date: October 21, 2011
What it’s about: Well, we have no idea what it’s going to be about since nothing has been given. However, the first movie followed a couple who were being haunted by an evil spirit that possessed Katie. The sequel (which was more of a prequel) followed Katie’s sister’s family as that same spirit haunts them and their baby. This all culminates with the two stories converging at the end of Part 2, where it gets to the point where Part 1 ends and we see what happens after the whole event. No doubt Part 3 is set to pick up where Parts 2 and 1 left off. What happens from there? Your guest is as good as mine.
Why it should be good: The first Paranormal Activity became something of a cult phenomenon/sensation. Hailed as the scariest movie at first it was definitely great. The creator and writers of this franchise have really shown that the horror genre can be revived and it doesn’t have to be just gore and stuff. They’ve also done a good job of instilling that fear in the audience, tapping into that fear, letting the audience’s imagination run wild while being completely captivated. I expect no less from the third.
Why it might suck: If you feel like the second one was worse than the first, you might be disappointed when you find out that the same writers and director from the sequel are back. However, just like with Part 2, Oren Peli (the creator of the franchise) is still heavily involved and serving as a producer on this film.