Christmas is approaching fast and so it is time for us to have a quick look forward over the next 4 weeks to see who and what is going to try and draw us away from our families and into a dark room full of wonders.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Ridley Scott is back and brings Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton to the screen as Moses and Rhamses. Will this version of the biblical story rival Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic The Ten Commandments? I doubt it, but I’m sure I’ll be along for the whole 2½ journey filled with chariots, plagues, and the Red Sea.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
This Christmas sees the final instalment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. The demise of Smaug, the titular battle and the rise of Sauron close out this story based on Tolkein’s first major published work and the many appendices. We can expect plenty of CGI and action, and a continuing complete lack of facial expression from Legolas. It will come as no surprise that I was rather disappointed with part 2, and I hope to be rewarded with a decent finale.
Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne are the big name attractions here in this latest adaptation of Harold Gray’s comic “Little Orphan Annie”. The story is transported to New York 2014 and Sugar Daddy Warbucks is now Will Stacks a Mayoral candidate in search of a headline. The songs are all there as you remember, but the red hair is banished. WARNING… May contain cute kids and a dog!
Penguins of Madagascar
With Big Hero 6 being held back to January in the UK, the kids are all going to want to ‘Smile and Wave’ as Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private get their own movie and become secret agents. They are already dressed like Bond, so why not! Should be good fun for all ages.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Another bit of Hollywood cashing in on its previous successes brings Ben Stiller and all his friends back to the museum and then on the London. This will be the great Robin Williams’s last on screen role (he also lent his voice to Terry Gilliam’s Absolutley Anything, which we will see next year) and if nothing else that is a reason to go see it. The kids will love it.
There are a host of ‘comedies’ that I am choosing to ignore, but if you are fan of Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan or really wanted another sequel to Dumb ad Dumber then there will be something for you too!
Enjoy and I’ll be back with a look back at my favourite films of 2014 soon.