14 Film to Look Out for in 2014

2014 is a bit of a sandwhich year for films, there are plenty of blockbusters but a lot of people are looking at 2015 as being a big year for film. That being said there’s still plenty to look forward to this year. So a bit delayed but here is my list of films to look out for in 2014! (Please note that I’m not counting films that have already come out in January and February)

I’ve added links to trailers for the films that already have them.

 

X Men: Days of Future Past

As soon as the entire cast of Days of Future Past appeared on the stage at Comic Con last year, the movie got kicked into high-gear. Reuniting the old cast of the X-Men franchise in the early 00’s with the cast of X-Men: First Class, its sure to make the dreams of geeks everywhere come true.

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

The First Avenger is back and firmly in the 21st century and writers have promised that after this movie finishes, the scene will be firmly set for Avengers 2. As well as Chris Evans putting on the suit again as Steve Rogers, Samuel l. Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.

Maleficient

Delayed from last year, Angelina Jolie steps into the role of Sleeping Beauty’s villain to give another take on the classic fairytale. The first trailer has already hit, and it looks visually beautiful

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Andrew Garfield puts on the red and blue suit once more to fight crime, and it looks like the stakes are even higher in this film as he faces off against Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro. It seems that by the end of this film though, Peter Parkers life won’t be the same as its being promised to set up the next film set for release in 2016. One of my most anticipated movies of this year – just looks insane

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s big gamble in its Phase 2 plan was bringing out this film as it’s certainly not a widely known for its characters. However its assembled a crack team of actors, led by Chris Pratt and the trailer has taken a risk in showing off it’s witty script.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The first part of the last book in the Hunger Games series comes to cinemas at the end of this year and its gaining more and more momentum, especially due to the recent success of Catching Fire. Filming continues back to back with Mockingjay Part 2, and you can expect the film to reach high levels of anticipation come

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The final part of Hobbit trilogy and the prequels to Lord of the Rings; it’ll be a sad state of affairs to think we won’t be visiting Jackson’s Middle Earth again. As the last film ended on a cliff-hanger with Smaug flying off to wreak havoc, there’s no telling what Jackson has in store.

Divergent

The latest Young Adult novel series to do the rounds is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth; the film looks set to rival The Hunger Games franchise and if it is a success at the box office, you can bet a franchise will be made out of the book series.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Michael Bay returns to the directing chair of the Transformers franchise but assembles a brand new cast being led by Mark Wahlberg who’s promised a great film.

Vampire Academy

Another Young Adult book series that’s getting the movie treatment, this revolves around a young girl who is half human/half vampire charged with keeping the peace and helping to protect the Moroi from the more violent bloodthirsty vampires the Strigoi. This film already looks good, and is set to appease the Twilight fans most of all with its vampire sex appeal angle.

Godzilla

A Godzilla reboot? A few raised eyebrows were certainly the first reaction by many. But throw in names like Bryan Cranston and a trailer that looks brilliant and the confused eyebrows are turning into expressions of delight.

Jupiter Ascending

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in this sci-fi adventure from the men that brought us The Matrix trilogy. It does have similarties with that trilogy, but still holds its own, and set for a summer release, it looks set to be a box office success.

Intersellar

Christopher Nolan’s next film after finishing up on the Batman trilogy and he’s reuniting with Anne Hathaway and bringing Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain along. It’s so far shrouded in much mystery, but then that’s what fans expect from Nolan.

Transcendence

And finally we have Nolan’s right hand man Wally Pfister’s directorial debut. As the director of photography for many of Nolan’s previous projects, he’s fully stepping behind the lens in this film starring Johnny Depp about a terminally ill scientist that downloads a computer into his mind.

 

Old Charles (to Young Charles) You’re afraid. I remember.

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman returns to the role that made him a household name in this second standalone Wolverine movie. Set after the events of The Last Stand, Logan is still dealing with the emotional aftermath carrying the baggage and guilt of Jean’s death, living in solitude in the mountains. Until a Japanese woman seeks him out and brings him to Japan to help a dying man’s wish.

At the very start of the film Logan gets in a fight at a bar after he finds a bear injured after a group of men hunt it in the woods. It’s great to see Logan get so angry over the bear, seeking justice even for such small a thing – it allows him to have a connection to something, despite him seeking solitude. It’s also brilliant to see cameos throughout the movie from Famke Janesson, reprising her role as Jean Grey in Logan’s hallucinations. The film gave a sense of closure to fans that felt short-changed at the change of direction The Last Stand took us in and I felt the new director James Mangold did a great job with everything.

Hugh Jackman is still the perfect Wolverine and he proves it again with brilliant action sequences, raw emotion and that same sarky manner we’ve come to know and love. It’s been 10 years since the first X-Men movie and he is still physically fit and toned. And a moment in the film where he’s naked in a bath tub – a highlight for many I’m sure.

The film suffers a little because of the storyline that they’ve come up with; the idea that it boils down to a family business rivalry and argument about money that’s gone wrong is a bizarre concept for a comic book movie, and viewers have come to expect bigger, with much more at stake. That’s not to say the film doesn’t have its plus points. As I’ve said the action sequences are great, particularly the bullet train fight and the sequence at the house towards the end. The film is a little typical, and you can certainly see some angles coming from a mile off but the action sequences, Hugh Jackman and a much more Wolverine focused film, it’s a good solid feature.

Soon after the film opened, word spread of an end credits scene that may or may not be a teaser for the hotly anticipated Days of Future Past. Filming has officially wrapped and original director of the first two X-Men films Bryan Singer is returning to the helm. The film will combine the original cast from the first three films, and incorporate the newer cast and seeing them all take the stage at this year’s Comic Con panel was slightly epic. From Singer’s tweeting to the emotive words the cast and crew gave, you can feel the passion coming from this project. The end credits managed to fit in Trask industries, the return of Magneto and Charles Xavier back from the dead and I bet James Mangold was happy to hand it back to Singer and say ‘you explain everything’.

Overall, The Wolverine is a solid movie, filled with some nice moments and ties up a few loose ends, but nicely teases fans for next year’s movie.

Mariko: This is the hotel owner’s grandson. He’s the one who fixed you up…

(Boy draws back fearfully)

And you may have cut him a few times. (The Wolverine)