Ten 2011 movies that can’t come quickly enough

Let down by such movies as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Despicable Me and Eat Pray Love following a deceitfully promising array of trailers, I have somewhat of a knack for anticipating the wrong movies. While the flip-side of this usually leaves me unsuspectingly stunned by masterpieces I never saw coming,  it is nevertheless interesting – for me at least – to compare my warped expectations with the crushing reality. As such, what follows is a list of the most promising movies of 2011 (my opinion) to be later juxtaposed with reviews when I finally get around to seeing the listed movies for myself. Some are obvious, and some are the result of my own guilty tastes so, tune in, buckle up and on your marks – in whatever order you so wish.

1. 127 Hours

Not too long to wait for this one, with Danny Boyle looking set to start 2011 with a tale of survival so hard to believe, yet so excruciatingly realistic, it is making people faint faster than they can felicitate. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who – no joke- was forced to amputate his own arm with a blunt pen knife after finding himself stuck between a rock and an entire canyon. Although claims that Boyle has over-directed his follow-up to last year’s Slumdog Millionaire might sway some, I have little problem with a little extra to admire – just so long as Franco doesn’t inconveniently find a snake in his trousers.

2. I Am Number 4

Scoff all you want but this latest children’s fantasy adaptation looks set to give Harry Potter a real run for his Horcruxes, with Alex Pettyfer leading proceedings as Number 4, and alien fugitive being hunted down by those that destroyed his homeworld. With the trailer promising brooding superheroics, that cheerleader from Glee going to town with a samurai sword and some impressive set pieces, I Am Number 4 could be the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief we have all been waiting for.

3. Paul

When Simon Pegg and Nick Frost announce another collaboration, Santa must panic about what he is meant to get everyone for Christmas. First delivering Spaced, followed by the rather flawless set of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the two look no closer to disappointing with Paul, a road movie with a difference. With two British comic-book geeks encountering an extra terrestrial outside Area 51, someone finally seems willing to put Seth Rogen to good use as the voice of the titular alien.

4. Sucker Punch

Having owl-ed out with this last year’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Zach Snyder is returning to reality with a movie set in another one altogether. Focussing on the scheduled-for-lobotomy Baby Doll, the trailer teases an action adventure where your mind is once again the scene of the crime. Showing Inception what a slice of cheese can really do to your dreamscape, Sucker Punch promises to be the kind of balls-to-the-walls action movie that the director – owls withstanding – is known for.

5. Scream 4

Having left us to the likes of Scary Movie, Scary Movie II, Scary Movie III and Scary Movie IV, Wes Craven has dispensed with the unsatisfactory apology and announced an all-sins-forgiven return to form with Scream 4. Reuniting Neve Campbell, Courney Cox and David Arquette – and introducing a whole host of culture-relevant Ghost Face fodder – Scream 4 promises to make light of a whole new generation of horror while never losing sight of its own inherent wit and scariness.

6. Thor

With superhero movies quickly becoming old-hat, Thor promises something different – even in a world of Dark Knights, Fantasticars and evil ex-boyfriends. Adapting a Marvel property which is in itself an adaptation of a Norse myth, any director would be in for a challenging but ultimatly exhilerating production. That the studio has trusted Shakespeare veteran Kenneth Branagh with one of their last remaining premiere league properties just goes to emphasise the creative priorities at play. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, Thor should be a very different superhero movie indeed.

7. X-Men: First Class

Before Brett Ratner went for bust with X-Men: Last Stand, the house that Xavier built was looking pretty sturdy indeed. With a strong allegorical subtext, interesting characters and sterling effects work, the X-Men franchise posessed and continues to posess much potential. Taking things back to basics, and under the direction of Kick-Ass‘ Matthew Vaughn, First Class promises to put the X-Men back on a map they never should have left.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Seven movies down and only one to go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II really will end an era. Marketed as one half of “the motion picture event of a generation”, this one film will conclude the Deathly Hallows and the saga as a whole. Already having been teased as part of the original trailer, audiences have been bombarded with dragons, Horcruxes and a crumbling Hogwarts. Topping seven films of unwavering care and quality – and letting a plethora of loyal actors off the hook – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II promises to be spectacular.

9. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

A massive fan of Herge’s Tintin adventures as a child, I have been waiting for a Tintin adaptation for years. With Steven Spieberg directing the first instalment and Peter Jackson supposedly directing the next, you couldn’t ask for a better set of hands, ushering this beloved series into production. With the images released so far teasing an immersive and visually arresting world, the numerous character nuances present thanks to motion caption technology, I cannot wait to see what this looks like on the big screen.

10. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Pretty much willing to give or take the Mission Impossible franchise through films one and two, J. J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III won me over whole-heartedly. Well paced, exciting and visceral, the third instalment introduced an Ethan Hunt that could believably stand up to the likes of John McCain and Jason Bourne. With Pixar’s Brad Bird set to direct, and Abrams again on board as producer, we really could be in for something special – the dodgy title notwithstanding.

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I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

4 Responses to Ten 2011 movies that can’t come quickly enough

  1. Pingback: Ten 2011 movies I could take or leave – preferably leave « popcornaddict

  2. Joe says:

    Interesting list. Sucker Punch is at the top of my own must-see list, and has me thinking that March cannot come fast enough. Thor and X-Men: First Class are also on my list — because I expect great things from Branagh, and I’m hoping that Vaughn will get the mutant franchise back on track. Since the Tintin comic strip is virtually unknown in the USA, Secret of the Unicorn could be Spielberg’s first out-and-out flop here in the States since 1941 — though it should do quite well in Europe.

    • Thanks, I enjoyed your list too – though I have yet to be convinced by Cowboys Aliens or Green Lantern.

      I hope Tintin does well, the source material is outstanding and if anyone is going to do Herge justice you’d like to believe Speilberg is that man.

      Good shout with Super 8 though, if I’d thought to do a Top 11 that’s precisely the movie I’d have included.

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