The new year is only a few weeks away and it’s time to forget about all the hits and misses of 2009. You have to get over the fact that Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and X-Men Origins: Wolverine sucked and move on. Next year, a new batch of films will hit theaters and hopefully they’ll erase some of the damage that’s been done. We’ve put together a list of the most anticipated movies of 2010 and some of them have literally been decades in the making. We’re talking sequels, remakes, adaptations, and a sci-fi thriller that will have all of us on the edge of our seats…
10. The Last Airbender
This is a film that’s found itself on the sh*tty end of the fan stick. It’s an adaptation of the popular animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender and will feature a novice actor named Noah Ringer as the hero, Aang. The majority of the characters in the film are supposed to be of Asian decent, but all the actors don’t fit that bill. Everyone wants to see if the people M. Night Shyamalan chose have what it takes to pull of their roles.
We’ve been following Kick-Ass since its controversial inception via director Matthew Vaughn. In the beginning nobody wanted to make this movie, and I mean NOBODY. It’s an R rated action flick that’s marketed like Wanted but for kids. After some clips from the movie debuted at this year’s Comic-Con, the cast received a standing ovation and a couple of week’s later it landed a distribution deal. The film features a 12 year old assassin, a trigger happy ex cop, and a pair of vigilante teenagers. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night.
8. Robin Hood
Russell Crowe returns to his Gladiator days (same hair cut and all), when he appears in the latest adaptation of the English tale, Robin Hood. The film will have the Oscar winner going head to head with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, and Kevin Durand as Little John. This take on the story is a lot darker than anything we’ve seen before, and looks more like an unofficial sequel to Gladiator. They just switched out his sword with a bow and arrow, and changed his name from Greco-Roman to British.
7. Toy Story 3
Anyone who was born in the eighties or early nineties has a soft spot for the Toy Story franchise. The films marked the emergence of this crazy phenomenon called computer animation, and single handedly killed the hand drawn technique. In the third installment, we’ll see all the characters aged in real time, including little Andy who’s on his way to college. Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang try to find a way to avoid garbage detail, and land at a daycare center where they encounter a whole new set of problems, babies.
No one really knows what Inception is about, but it’s been described as a sci-fi, action-thriller that has elements of fantasy and reality. All we know is that the cast is ridiculously talented and is overflowing with Oscar winners and nominees like Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Page. There’s such a weird mix of people starring in the film that it makes us wonder what drew them to the project. What’s the film about? Inquiring minds want to know.
5. Clash of the Titans
When news spread that they were producing a remake of 1981′s Clash of the Titans, people were pissed! Then we found out that Sam Worthington was taking on the lead role of Perseus, which added more concern. But something big happened, Liam Neeson signed on to play Zeus and Ralph Fiennes was cast as Hades. You’ve got an Irishman and a Brit on opposite sides of the spectrum, with an Australian stuck in the middle. What more could you ask for?
4. Alice in Wonderland
When Hollywood decides to remake a movie that’s been done ten times over, my initial reaction is to scream but that wasn’t the case here. This movie won’t center on the naive, child-like Alice but the young woman who wanders back into the fantasy land she visited as a girl. The look of this live action version is a mix between Gothic Surrealism, animation, and whatever freaky stuff Tim Burton could come up with. Did we forget to mention that Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter? That man could be covered in knives, make-up, or women’s clothing and still pull off a great performance.
3. Tron Legacy
Here’s a good example of a sequel that took entirely too long to make. Tron Legacy will center on Sam Flynn, the estranged son of Kevin Flynn, the hero from the first movie that was released almost 30 years ago. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner will both reprise their roles from the original, which is one of the main reasons this movie made our list. We also can’t wait to see the technological advancements that have been made inside the world of Tron. Who’s excited for the return of unflattering body suits and light cycles?
Release Date: December 17, 2010
Director: John Kosinski
Biggest Draw: Jeff Bridges
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
The end is near, and Harry Potter and his sidekick’s Hermione and Ron are about to close the final chapter in their film franchise. They’re gearing up to go toe to toe with Lord Voldemort, and his hideous followers to stop their reign of terror. Unfortunately, this will only mark the first half of the finale, and you’ll have to wait another year before you get the last installment. Warner Brothers wants to stretch out Potter‘s money making potential for as long as they can. Studio politics is such a bitch.
1. Iron Man 2
Fans have been waiting for Iron Man 2 to come out ever since the credits started rolling on Iron Man 1. The first film grossed a 100 million dollars its opening weekend, and earned positive reviews from critics across the board. How do you top that? You throw in War Machine, Black Widow, Nick Fury and two bad ass villains that’s how. Even with all the new characters the major pull of the franchise is the unparalleled charm of Robert Downey Jr., and his perfectly groomed goatee. Who can resist that man?
What do you think of our Most Anticipated Films of 2010? Who would you include on the list?