Btw the default release dates for these films are in the USA, unless another country is stated.
So it’s that time of year again.. Christmas! You say? No, the run up to movie awards season of course and the tail end of the year and the start of a host of quality movie releases crammed into the next 4-6 weeks, this December specifically isn’t exactly chock full of great films, but hey.
The Last: Naruto the movie (Out in Japan 6th of December) – Bit of an alternative choice straight away but a film every Naruto fan probably should see, set between the last two chapters of the now finished manga, it looks interesting enough and should provide another interesting ‘ending’. Though the film is part of the end of the traditional Naruto manga, it’s also the start of the Naruto new project, the manga sequel coming in 2015.
Night At The Museum Secret Of The Tomb (out 19th of December) – The third and final film in the Night At The Museum trilogy, the film will feature some of the previous films popular and well received characters and a plot that concludes the overall story of the series. I’m not a huge fan of the NATM series but it should be a decent watch, good for families and a light hearted break from some of the deeper films out in December.
Unbroken (Out 25th of December) – An interesting period piece taking place during WWII following the exploits and life of legendary Olympic athlete and soldier Louis Zamperini, Unbroken is an ambitious and adventurous film, sort of like The Life Of Pi minus the 3D…. and fantasy elements and the being mostly stranded at sea. The trailers do look pretty impressive and it’s clearly that inspirational, motivational film that gets released around christmas time each year but that being said it does look pretty good, Jack O’ Connell looks like he gives a pretty spirited performance in it.
The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies (12th December UK, 17 December USA) – The film I’m looking forward to the most and the culmination of The Hobbit trilogy, this film focuses more on the titular battle of the five armies, a major and concluding event from The Hobbit book. The last Hobbit film previously was going to focus a bit more on Bilbo and the repercussions of Smaugs attack on Laketown but it’s more action oriented now, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the film features a fascinating look at the gradual change of Thorin, the lead up to Saurons’ rise in middle of earth as well as the build up to and the aftermath of the battle of the five armies.
Certainly ambitious for the final Hobbit film (but who does ambitious better than Peter Jackson?) and it’s a bit reminiscent of Return Of The King actually, though I have a feeling the plot may feel a bit more concise, all in all it’s set to be the most action packed, emotionally charged and epic instalment of the Hobbit films and I can’t wait to see it.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (Out 12th of December) – The somewhat controversial biblical film and definitely not the sequel to Noah, which also came out this year, Exodus suffered criticism months before its’ release about the ‘whitewashing’ of its’ portrayal of Egyptians and Israelite characters, Ridley Scott himself has responded to that criticism and ultimately I doubt the controversy will affect the films’ box office too much. Anyway the film itself follows the story of Moses, not from birth however, following him as an adult and close friend to Ramses and you know how the story goes, they grow apart as Moses is chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
In typical Ridley Scott style, the film is looks quite stunning visually and seeing his portrayal of the ten plagues will definitely be one of the highlights of the film, the film is also quite strongly casted in lead roles by Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale (one of my favourite actors), Ridley Scott is also one of my favourite directors so I will for sure be seeing this.
Into The Woods (Out 25th of December) – An interesting take on traditional fairy tales from Disney, a film/musical based on the broadway musical of the same name, the film doesn’t focus on just one fairy tail either, drawing on characters from Jack and the beanstalk, Little red riding hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella. Starting off with a couple who have curse placed on them by a witch, they set off on a journey (into the woods) to break said curse and encounter several characters on the way, this film isn’t really my cup of tea but it may be fairly entertaining.
Starring Meryl Streep as the witch, as well as Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Prine, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Tracey Ullman, it has a pretty great cast and of course Johnny Depp, as he’s the alternative fantasy film character actor. This should be a good watch for families and people of all ages and a hit with anyone that loves Disney movies’ and fantasy in general, though remember it is a musical.