The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage

After years of development hell, The Hobbit finally looks to be upon us. It’s not out for another year, but this trailer shows us a surprising amount, running at two and a half minutes. It looks to have the tone about right, with it looking a lot like the Lord of the Rings films, but retaining a lighter touch as with the books. I’m still worried that it’s been split into 2 films though. The book is shorter than any of the LOTR ones, which were all separate (if very long) films. I just hope it doesn’t become unnecessarily bloated like Jackson’s King Kong. I can’t wait to find out though.

The Dark Knight Rises

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman

I can hear the fan boy’s pleasuring themselves already. I’ve always thought Nolan’s Batman franchise was very good, but overrated. What can’t be in doubt are the supremely polished visuals and high technical standard and this of course is evident in the trailer for the latest (and supposedly final) part of the latest cycle of films featuring the caped crusader. I’m not anticipating life changing things as I never felt the previous films were absolute masterpieces, but this looks nicely dark and very slick. I’m sure it will be good. Whether it will finally make me a ‘true believer’ is yet to be seen though.

The Expendables 2

Director: Simon West
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Speaking of fan-boys pleasuring themselves – this is my kind of blockbuster porn. OK, I agree the first Expendables film didn’t quite live up to it’s potential, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it. This is only a short teaser, but by whacking Chuck Norris and Van Damme into the mix and featuring all of the cast members with assorted OTT weaponry I got very excited indeed. Let’s hope Simon West can pick up where Stallone left off, fix some of the previous film’s problems (i.e. no CGI blood) and make up for the crappy films he’s directed since the massively enjoyable Con Air.

The Dictator

Director: Larry Charles
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Megan Fox, Anna Farris

After three trailers that got me quite excited about next year, this came along and spoiled it. I loved Charles & Cohen’s Borat and Bruno had it’s moments, but it looks like they’re on a downward spiral now. I much prefer Sacha Baron Cohen when he’s humiliating politicians or bigots – when he’s just straight up acting in these types of films it’s far too silly and goes out of it’s way to be as ‘extreme’ as possible rather than actually being funny or biting. This has no ‘real’ elements by the looks of things and will probably end up being at the Ali-G Indahouse side of his CV. That said, I found the ending when he’s doing the 100 metres quite funny.

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