This is always a hit or miss list. When you go back and look at the movies that I was really looking forward to a year ago, there were some excellent choices (Toy Story 3) and some complete and utter disasters (The Last Airbender)
But anticipation is 3/4 the fun…and so, in chronological order, here are my most anticipated movies of the year…
Battle: Los Angeles, February 18, 2011
One part Independence Day; one part Black Hawk Down. Geeks and alien lovers everywhere are going to get excited.
Thor, May 6, 2010
Of all the superheroes in the Marvel universe, this is the one I care about least. I honestly have never had the urge to pick up a Thor comic, even as a child. And Thor, as a character, always seemed…well…insane. But the preview below looks at least interesting. Kenneth Branaugh directs, so there is hope.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, May 20, 2010
No Kiera Knightley. No Orlando Bloom. But no one cares…Capt. Jack Sparrow is back! Can Disney pull off a watchable movie, after the last two were mediocre? If it gets back to its roots from the original, then this could be a lot of fun.
Hangover 2, May 27, 2010
Hangover is the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time….and is a cultural phenomenon. Everyone I know has watched it multiple times. Will the sequel will be anywhere as good?
Green Lantern, June 17, 2011
Green Lantern has been a cornerstone of comic books for decades. And although it has grown out of favor in recent years, its following is still significant. Within the past few years, the Lantern Universe has significantly grown, and brought new readers to the series. Whether Ryan Reynolds can reignite the character is still a question. But this is still going to be a guaranteed blockbuster, regardless.
Cars 2, June 24, 2011
Every Pixar movie automatically gets on this list…it is a rule. My son has literally watched the original ‘Cars’ at least 50 times, if not 100. I am forced, as a father of sons, to go see this movie, and then buy tons of merchandise to further enrich Disney.
Rise of the Apes, June 24, 2011
James Franco headlines this reboot of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ storyline. This, of course, is the origin story of how the apes became smart enough to overthrow man. Of course, opening on the same weekend as ‘Cars 2′ may not be the best strategy…
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, July 1, 2011
This movie is going to make a bazillion dollars, have lots of bombs and booms and explosions, and no Megan Fox. Michael Bay knows how to makes really loud and explosive movies with no plot. That said, this is going to dominate Fourth of July weekend.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, July 15, 2010
The Harry Potter series come to a fiery end, as the Battle of Hogwarts commences. Anyone who is a Potterhead is hoping for a Lord of the Rings Helm’s Deep sort of battle scene. After a decade, 7 blockbuster books, and 8 movies that now hold the record for the biggest grossing franchise in movie history…this is a must see.
Captain American, July 22, 2010
Captain America was one of the first major comic book heroes. Arising out of World War II, he now seems anachronistic. But the first pictures of the movie set appear to show a movie based in that era. Ultimately, this, as well as Thor, will set up for The Avengers movie in 2012.
Cowboys & Aliens, July 29, 2011
Now that Jon Favreau has exited the Iron Man Series, he jumps to an alien movie set in the wild, wild west. With a cast made up of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and the lovely Olivia Wilde, this should be interesting at least.
X-Men: First Class, August 30, 2011
I love superhero movies…but this one worries me. This could either be brilliant…or a disaster. Here is crossing fingers…
Super 8, September 10, 2010
No one really knows what this movie is about. The opening day is still shrouded in secrecy. The trailer, posted below, is haunting. So why the anticipation? Mix J.J. Abrams, Stephen Spielberg, and possibly aliens? Trust me, people will line up to pay for that.
Others To Keep a close eye on: Red Riding Hood (3/11), Sucker Punch (3/25), Crazy/Stupid/Love (4/22), Horrible Bosses (7/29), Contagion (10/21), Sherlock Holmes II (12/16), The Adventures of TinTin (12/23).
Movies that may be interesting, or painful: Zookeeper, Breaking Dawn, The Muppet Movie, Paul, The Thing, Fast Five, Kung Fu Panda 2