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The 3 Biggest Baddest Movies of 2012 (hopefully they aren't really bad)!

  • Jul 21, 2011

Well, 2012 is gearing up to be a very big year for what should be some major blockbuster films. The question will be can they live up to the hype surrounding them and satisfy fans and critics. Here I have selected the three films that I think have the most potential, the highest expectations, and which also have built-in fan bases just waiting to get a sneak peek at them. I won't venture to predict what films will work and what ones won't, but I have offered brief commentary to clue people in on my take as to what the pros and cons of each are. However you look at it, whether you're a Batman, Spider-Man, or Middle-earth fan, 2012 is going to be an epic year at the cinema!
The Dark Knight Rises
The finale to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is the obvious choice for the "most likely to live up to expectations" award. Thus far, the prior two films have been huge hits, Nolan's Inception became a monster success with most audiences, and here he's chosen a superb cast. Whether the new villain can ever compare with Heath Ledger's The Joker is doubtful, but at least he hasn't resorted to recycling lame old villains like Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze. Plus, on the upside, Nolan has refused to let the film be released in 3D, so you know he's not allowing the studio to force him into gimmicks that will cheapen the drama. To sum things up, it's going to be a blast with Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
Right off the bat (shameless pun), we have a reboot of the Spidey franchise with a new director, a new cast, and new suit, which is a lot of new. I'm not sure how this will pan out since there haven't been many big revelations about the plot and Marvel hasn't been doing very well with its superhero adaptations recently. But I like the casting so far, especially Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and it looks to be a more serious, character-driven film - something desperately needed after the silliness and constant action of the oft-panned Spider-Man 3 directed by Sam Raimi.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012 film)
And here's the big question mark. Peter Jackson hasn't had much luck lately (King Kong and The Lovely Bones weren't so kindly received by critics and audiences), so now he's returning to the fantasy world that brought him his first success, but can he live up to the standards of his fans, the fans of Tolkien, and pull this off? I'm not so sure. Thus far, I've been discouraged with the choices he's made in the screenplay and casting. His approach just doesn't seem at all right for the material. He's splitting the film into two parts and shooting it in 3D, both choices of which are completely unnecessary from a storytelling perspective, but will help him to make big bucks for the studio regardless of whether it's a hit or not. Add to the matter that he's changing the story, adding characters and events that aren't in the book, and that he's casting young attractive actors as dwarves and this film could suffer the "prequel plague" that George Lucas' last three Star Wars films were infected with.

See my quick tip detailing concerns about the direction of the film.

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March 20, 2012
IM HYPED FOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!!!!!!!! I CANT WAIT FOR THAT MOVIE. Sorry for caps but im so excited. The next Spiderman flick, while At first I didnt give a damn about it, after watching a few trailers and learning abit more about I can honestly say I really looking forward to that one too.
August 19, 2011
King Kong received an 84 on rotten tomatoes and made over two hundred million in box office... just thought you should know.
August 19, 2011
The amount of money a film makes is never a reflection of the quality of the film (see the oeuvre of Michael Bay for proof of this) and the 84% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes isn't entirely accurate. Only 52% of audiences liked it and 79% of professional critics. If you go through the reviews, many of those who did give it a positive review even stated that they had many problems with it such as its length, the reliance on special effects and action rather than on acting and character, and that it paled in comparison with the 1933 film.
July 27, 2011
I think fans of The Dark Knight are letting their expectations climb a little too high for The Dark Knight Rises.  Aside from that, it's really the only movie I'm excited about for 2012.  The Amazing Spiderman while it doesn't look bad at the moment, I'm not sure if I'm going to like taking the "gritty reboot" path on that one.  And since I found the Hobbit to be a ridiculously boring book, I'm expecting a ridiculously boring film.  That could change.  I'm certain I'll end up seeing all three but I'm going to have to temper my expectations.  As much as I love Christopher Nolan and hold him in high esteem, I think far too many fans are going to end up disliking the film because it doesn't meet their unreasonably high expectations.  I'm already seeing fans looking at it.  People are already talking about how great it's going to HAVE to be based off the teaser alone... and I've never been impressed with Teaser trailers, let alone normal trailers so I'm avoiding as much hype on that one as I can. 
August 19, 2011
I agree. I have no doubts that it will be a great movie, but people hyped up "The Dark Knight" so much because of Heath Ledger's death that it really did get over-exposed and I think that in comparison, no film will ever live up to the unrealistic expectations that the new film has riding on its shoulders. I'm not sure that it's really fair either since while "The Dark Knight Returns" was excellent, it was also treated like the movie equivalent of the messiah.
July 27, 2011
Did not know that there was another Batman movie coming up. A little nervous about that since Dark Knight was so good! :P
July 27, 2011
I think it will deliver the goods. It's being made by the same director, producers, writers, and cast, so I expect it will have the same level of quality. I just wish Heath could have been in it to finish up the story with the Joker. No other actor playing a villain could really live up to his performance.
July 23, 2011
Take heart, Count. At least Jackson doesn't to seem to be as completely driven by commercialization as Lucas is. It might work. I thought that he'd turned this film over to someone else to work on. What happened to all of that?
July 23, 2011
See my quick tip on it to find out more. I'd say he's become as commercial as Spielberg and Lucas, maybe more so. Splitting a film in two and showing it in 3D just to make more money is pretty damn bad.
August 08, 2011
It depends on how long the films are after they're split and whether or not they really need to be that long. It might not be just for the bucks. I hate the 3D thing though. Everyone has to do it--especially a big budget film like that. The new Conan flick isn't offering a 2D version because it's not big enough to have both 3 and 2D versions. I was toying with the idea of seeing it, but the 3D bit has given me second thoughts.
August 09, 2011
Yeah, I'm not sure what to think of that one. It still doesn't ring true to Howard's stories from what I can tell. I am beginning to doubt we shall ever see a true Conan film.
August 16, 2011
I'm SURE we never will. But maybe we'll at least get a sword and sorcery flick that doesn't make us want to puke.
August 17, 2011
Eh, haven't seen one of those since the '80s fantasy film heyday.
August 24, 2011
That's about when I recall seeing the last one I ould stomach too--and a lot of people wouldn't agree with my choice of that flick either. I did kind of like RED SONYA, although I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit it. That wasn't the flick I was talking about though.
August 24, 2011
I liked "Red Sonja" just because it was so silly and completely unaware of its own silliness.
August 24, 2011
And because in Brigitte Nielsen for the first time they actually managed to cast a woman who looked like she could fight the boys and win. You couldn't always tell when the male double stepped in for her.
August 24, 2011
Ha-ha-ha! No, sometimes even in the closeups you couldn't tell.
August 24, 2011
LOL When she was married to Stallone you could only tell them apart because she was blonde.
August 24, 2011
And she was about ten inches taller. LMAO!
August 24, 2011
Only about 5 inches in her stocking feet.
August 24, 2011
Okay, so a slight exaggeration. I did honestly think it was more than that because Stallone is short and Nielsen seems quite tall. Of course, she has a tendency to be with short men, so it's hard to tell her exact height.
August 24, 2011
Nielsen was a model and she's 6' tall in her stocking feet. She wasn't always with short men--that football player was pretty tall, wasn't he? IMbD claims that Stallone is 5'(" but I don't buy a word of that. A nd I've always heard that he wears lifts. I've seen the man next to Jackie Chan. He's no 5'9" even with lifts.
July 21, 2011
Very nice. I think Dark Knight Rises may indeed succeed, Nolan so far has a good track record. I am interested with the new Spidey, but it is just too soon to tell. You know me, I loved what Jackson did with LOTR so I am hopeful for The Hobbit. Only time will tell! So where is "Avengers"?
July 05, 2012
well, "Amazing Spider-Man" proved less than good. So 1 out of the 3 have already proven to be unsatisfactory.
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