This could be the year when some movies should shatter the box office records. The epic conclusion to the Dark Knight, The Avengers, are a few possible candidates. Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan are all in action this year. Sequels, conclusions, its all happening in 2012! Lets begin!
2008 was a great year for movies. Lot of big blockbusters ruled the box office and I really had a great time watching them. 2009 has some much awaited movies lined up, some pretty big names directors like Zack Snyder, Stephen Sommers, Michael Bay, Judd Apatow, and some after a long time like Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, so lets have a look on whats catching my eye, and probably yours too, for this year.
I’ve been trying to do this blog entry for sometime now, but never got much time, now that I have, I finally bring out this review of the 2008 year in movies. I had a “My Summer Movie Preview” thing way back in May 2008, where I covered a lot of blockbusters in the sort of 2008 Preview, 5 months late but then the biggest and much awaited movies hadn’t arrived. So it can be considered as a Preview. Anyways, its been a great year for movies. Lot of very good movies came out and I really loved most of them. So lets begin.
The first trailer of the X-Men spinoff, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is out today and its looking good. I’m a big fan of Wolverine, him being my favorite mutant in the X-Men universe, I’m really looking forward to see it. Its releasing on May 1, 2009 in U.S. with the Indian release also on the same day (Check worldwide release dates). Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Hugh Jackman, reprising his role of Wolverine from the previous X-Men movies, this is the first of the X-Men spinoffs in the line. X-Men Origins: Magneto will follow after sometime.
The movie is set around 20 years before the first X-Men movie, and its all about who Wolverine is and how he bonded with the adamantium skeleton in the Weapon X program. Other main characters in the movie are Sabretooth played by Liev Schreiber, William Stryker played by Danny Huston and Gambit played by Taylor Kitsch.
Directed by Aditya Chopra
Produced by Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra
Written by Aditya Chopra
Starring Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) December 12, 2008
I’m a big fan of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge aka DDLJ, and Shahrukh Khan is my favorite actor, and the movie is directed by Aditya Chopra, so you can probably imagine how much I was looking forward to this movie. Expectations were high, but not skyhigh that it would make it unrealisticly unachievable. The movie marks the return of Aditya Chopra after a 8 year hiatus, and although I still haven’t seen Mohabbatein, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi aka RNBDJ was a must watch.
The movie had generated enough curiousity and publicity for the new look that Shahrukh Khan had in this movie, which I didn’t like much. Although it was what the movie required, but he looked really very thin in that plain look. The movie is about a love story of a common man, read the complete plot here (Spoiler Warning). The movie is set in very ordinary environment, unlike YRF movies which mostly has a foreign location with big houses and rich clothes. RNBDJ has pretty ordinary locations, ordinary clothes and it all looks very apt for the storyline. Shahrukh Khan once again gives a first rate performance, really he always does a great job, and this time again he doesn’t disappoint. He portayed the role of a normal common man very well. Maybe why I didn’t like him much in that look was because I’ve never seen him in that look, but anyways he did a fantastic job, he really looked like a common man and did an equally impressive job with the other role that he plays of Raj. Anushka Sharma really impressed me a lot in her first movie. She really pulled it off very well. Even in her first movie, she showed signs of supreme comfort and confidence. She shares the screen space well with SRK. Looks really pretty and beautiful I must say, and is a fantastic dancer too. I just hope she gets good movies and gets good roles. Vinay Pathak is a fantastic actor. He plays the role of SRK’s best friend, and he was really very good in his role.
Music was good, I’ve been listening to the songs for quite sometime since they were released, and Haule Haule was really a sweet number. Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai is also a nice song. The background music was also good with the signature tune played very well whenever required. Locations were of a ordinary man’s world, so everything looked pretty realistic. Direction was fine, but I must say that Aditya could have done a little better with the movie. It was not what we really expected, but then don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad by any means, it was really a lovely movie, but unlike in DDLJ where there were so many scenes which are in our memories forever, RNBDJ hardly had that many. Its just that this movie wouldn’t be remembered that long as DDLJ.
Its really a nice way to show a love story of a common man, and so the SRK fans would love it and so would be the aam janta. It might not be a blockbuster material but is far away from a disaster. Do watch it for having a nice time in a lovely story with nice flavor of simplicity. Oh and yes before I forget, dont miss the end credits, its worth the watch.
The teaser for Pink Panther is out and it promises to be another laugh riot. I had a great time watching The Pink Panther released in 2006, and with all the cast, other than Kevin Kline, from the previous movie returning, it should be real fun to watch. Like I mentioned earlier, Aishwarya Rai also stars in Pink Panther as a criminal expert. The trailer shows that the pink panther diamond is again lost and Steve Martin as Clouseau is again set on the search of it with Jean Reno as Ponton, his sidekick. So go watch the trailer, cant wait for the movie. The release date is February 6, 2009.
Watch the trailer on Yahoo! Movies
Directed by Marc Forster
Produced by Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
Novel/Story by Ian Fleming (Characters), Michael G. Wilson (Plot)
Screenplay Joshua Zetumer, Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Starring Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini
Music by David Arnold
Main theme “Another Way to Die”
Composer Jack White
Performer Alicia Keys, Jack White
I have seen hollywood movies releasing here, in India, usually later than in USA. And if its a big movie, its on the same day as USA. But Quantum of Solace was released here in India on 8th November, a full week ahead of USA! That’s remarkable!
To fully understand the movie one needs to see Casino Royale, the prequel to Quantum of Solace, because the movie has lot of things related to it. The movie starts off from where it ended in Casino Royale. Read the complete plot here at wikipedia (Spoiler Warning!).
Sequels always bring comparisons to the previous prequels and Quantum of Solace is no exception. And I’ m afraid its not the good news for the movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie isn’t bad, but somehow the execution wasn’t perfect, or maybe we shall say it wasn’t the way we expected after Casino Royale. Direction was not that good, although action scenes were plenty, and good other than the starting car chase scene where the camera had lot of jerky movements, and the bond chasing a guy scene on the rooftops had some jerks too, other than that it was fine. Daniel Craig was fine, but I liked him more in Casino Royale. Mathieu Amalric was very good, he plays the bad guy role of Dominic Greene. He played his part very well. Olga Kurylenko plays Camille Montes and was fine. Judi Dench plays M, and was much more visible in the movie than Casino Royale, and was quite fine.
Direction was somewhat poor. The movie could have been better, had flaws in some areas as it was sometimes too fast. The initial chases sequences could have been better shot. Action sequences otherwise were good. It does atleast liveup to the action demands of the movie. Locations were really good. One thing which I saw missing, rather two of them, were lack of real cars and real bond girls. Other than the Aston Martin which Bond thrashes here and there in the initial chase scene, doesnt get close to another exotic Aston in the movie again, and Olga Kurylenko, although is a good looking woman, didn’t appear much as a bond girl, and where bond is usally seen romancing girls, he shares just one kiss with Olga. Casino Royale took James Bond series in a different direction, in a good way, but then this is going in a wrong direction, I hope Bond 23 turns out to be better where Quantum of Solace wasn’t. Music was fine, Casino Royale’s music was much intense and carried more Bond signature with it. But to sum it up, with not many good movies out there, I think Quantum of Solace is a fine movie and will be a entertaining one, under 2 hours and fast paced should be a good watch.
See Also: Casino Royale Review
Ok so the first trailer for the Fast and Furious, aka Fast and the Furious 4, is out, like I earlier mentioned it has Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster returning in their roles from the first movie. According to Wikipedia the plot is this:
Brian (Paul Walker) is freed from prison, after being undercover, to help the feds stop a heroin importer known as Braga. With the help of an informant named James Park, Brian—and ultimately Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) wins a place on the criminal’s team, where he and Toretto plan to catch the man red handed. This film also shows how Han met Toretto and how he got his car (shown at the end of Tokyo Drift).
The trailer looks cool, the hijacking of tankers of gasoline scene reminds you of the similar scene in the first movie. The trailer shows lots and lots of action and cars. Not much is known right now about the cars, will surely post more as I find out. This movie should do better than Tokyo Drift atleast, whatever, it should satisfy the fans and I’m surely waiting for it. Its slated for a June 5, 2009 release.
Check out the Fast and Furious Official Website for Trailer and more details
Just recently I posted about Reliance ADAG’s interest in forming a new production house with Steven Spielberg, and then this news comes out, that Big Home Video, one of Reliance ADAG’s entertainment company has signed with Warner Home Video to become the exclusive licensee in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This means that Reliance is seriously entering the entertainment business with all the happenings. They have already launched a movie rental website, BigFlicks which means that even the Warner movies could be on the rental distribution too. Warner is a well known production house with a large number of big movies like Superman, Batman, Harry Potter, The Matrix Series, Ocean’s 11and many more.
Source: Business Standard