Hello again! I am wrapping up my movie preview with telling you about a whole slew of movies coming out in December, including large blockbusters and some smaller films that you may not have heard of. Let’s get started.
This Christmas themed horror-comedy in the vein of “Gremlins” follows a family who, after their son turns his back on the joys of the holidays, is haunted and attacked by the evil version of jolly ol’ Saint Nick, a demon called Krampus. The cast consists of Adam Scott, Toni Collette of “The Sixth Sense”, and David Koechner of “Anchorman”. The film is also directed by Michael Dougherty, director of the cult favorite Halloween-themed horror “Trick r’ Treat”. The film promises some interesting-looking creatures, even if it does look reliant on other films. Krampus is currently playing in theaters.
One of the many recent Hollywood fads that is getting on my nerves is adapting the classic plays of William Shakespeare in a modern-day setting. However, the new film based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” puts the story in the time period for which it was intended. The film (simply titled “Macbeth”) is an epic starring Michael Fassbender as the famous king and Marion Cotilliard as his devious wife. With such great names, the film is at least sure to be well acted. “Macbeth” is currently playing in theaters.
In The Heart Of The Sea
Ron Howard is a great modern director, directing such films as “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13”. “In The Heart Of The Sea” looks like a sort of a strange turn for Howard. It stars Chris Hemsworth (who worked with Howard is 2013’s “Rush”) plays the whale hunter who, along with his crew, is attacked by a giant whale, who just happens to be the inspiration for the world famous Great White Whale: Moby Dick. The film also stars Tom Holland, Ben Winshaw, Cillian Murphy, and Benjamin Walker. “In The Heart Of The Sea” is currently in theaters.
The Big Short
Adam McKay doing a movie about the mid-2000s housing crisis? Really? Can the director of such a bunch of goofy comedies like the “Anchorman” movies really take on such a tough subject? Well, never fear, moviegoers, “The Big Short” is said to be a funny, well-acted film while still taking its subject matter seriously. The film also boasts a star-studded cast, including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Marisa Tomei. This film looks to be perhaps the comedic version of 2015’s terrific “Spotlight”, with a true story and a great ensemble cast. “The Big Short” is currently in theaters.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Words cannot express how excited I am for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the seventh movie in one of the greatest film franchises of all time: Star Wars. I know that there some people who choose to be pessimists regarding “The Force Awakens”, but not me. I really think that this movie is going to be really cool, and can stand along with the original trilogy. I know some people didn’t really like J.J. Abrams’s reboot of “Star Trek”, even though I did, I think it may have been that J.J. felt passionate about Star Wars. The new cast looks promising too, including the old cast such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, along with unknown names like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. “The Force Awakens” also includes practical effects and sets, just like the original trilogy. I could on all day, but I have to move on to other things. Let’s just say that I can barely contain my excitement. Pretty much all of the world is seeing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on December 17.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Really? The Road Chip? It’s a road trip movie, I guess. With chipmunks. That sing pop songs. They’re not really trying anymore, are they? This just might be one of the most unnecessary sequels of the decade. You know what? Don’t see this movie. Go see “Star Wars”. Don’t even take your kids. Again, take them to “Star Wars”. Who really wants to see squeaky-voiced CGI chipmunks sing “Baby Got Back”? Not me. Don’t even expect a review. In all honesty, I’ll probably be seeing “Star Wars” again. But just in case, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” comes out on December 17.
I really don’t know why any movie hoping to make any money would come out the same day as a new Star Wars movie. But between “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “Sisters”, the new Tina Fey and Amy Poehler collaboration comedy, it looks like “Sisters” looks like the one that deserves success. Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are very talented and funny comedians, and have great chemistry. This is sure to be showcased in “Sisters”, where they play two sisters who begin living together again. In today’s slew of successful female-led comedies like “Spy” and “Trainwreck”, I hope “Sisters” will be as good. “Sisters” releases on December 17.
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino is one of the most creative minds in modern cinema, and has made a lot of great movies. His eighth film is called “The Hateful Eight”, and is pretty much “Django Unchained” (with the Western setting) meets “Reservoir Dogs” (the plot of a group of strangers finding a scapegoat), which just so happen to be Tarantino’s most recent and oldest films. The film stars a lot of Tarantino regulars, like Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madson, and some new faces, like Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern. We can only hope that Tarantino will use his trademark stylized violence and dialogue to make a great film. “The Hateful Eight” opens on Christmas Day, December 25.
Honestly. I know very little about “Joy”, the new film starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by David O. Russell. I just know the cast and the style of the film. I’m guessing that it will be a dramatic comedy, just like O. Russell’s last two films, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, also in those last two films. I don’t have many expectations for the film, I just want it to be good. “Joy” opens on December 25.
Will Smith hasn’t tried a dramatic role since, what, “The Pursuit of Happiness”? But in “Concussion”, he’s trying something different. A weird African accent! Actually, “Concussion” follows the true story of a man going up against the NFL to try to reveal a scandal involving concussions in the NFL. From the trailer, I’m not exactly buying “Concussion” from a plot standpoint. I feel as if they’re trying to overdramatize the event, but still, I know nothing about the actual story. It at least looks interesting. “Concussion” opens on December 25.
Which movies are you excited about seeing? Tell me in the comments! I’ll see you all next time.