As usual, Decembers have just a few big budget blockbusters...but this December, it seems that we're up for a record-breaking one...
In the Heart of the Sea (Dec 11-USA, Dec 26-UK, Dec 3-Singapore)
A Ron Howard film, so, yeah, why not?? Honestly, I'm not entirely sure where the focus of the plot is. The trailers seem to show a lot of the action (& drama) in the sea but the synopsis I read seem to suggest an emphasis on the shipwrecked & stranded part. I'm not entirely sure what to expect with this film. It doesn't look like my kind of popcorn film, but I'm intrigued about the film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_n2CAhgPiA (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRrbLeWoG5g (Trailer #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyZ_jkFR1UQ (Trailer #3)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec 18-USA, Dec 17-UK, Dec 17-Singapore)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation moved to July 2015, Kung Fu Panda 3 moved to January 2016, Warcraft pushed back to June 2016 - Why?? Because they're scared of this film, that's why.
Record-breaking, you say? It already has - in ticket sales and in trailer views and probably some other stuffs. This film is breaking records even before its release. Yeah, so far its probably just a reflection of the anticipation & the excitement of awaiting the return of the biggest science-fiction fantasy franchise. But if you look at the trailers, it looks great and promises great things.
Do you remember JJ Abrams' last two science fiction space action film - the ones with starships and aliens? Yeah, those earned a spectacular rating of 95% and 87% in Rotten Tomatoes respectively. Surely that gives you confidence about the quality of this film. And already, just seeing the trailers, the shots look great - the angles were brilliant - and the visuals & settings look beautiful.
More than that, The Force Awakens sees the return of our original heroes, the introduction of great new characters, and a plot still very much shrouded but carries on the core plots of the saga. I'm rather amazed how this film managed to keep a lot of things under wraps and still garner this much excitement and anticipation. And the trailers show a lot of cool stuffs but very minimal on the plot - which is terrific. I've always wanted to go into a film knowing as little as possible, while having just as much anticipation as ever.
And finally, I admit that a lot of my excitement comes from being a lifelong Star Wars fan. Yeah, we SW fans tend to squeal just hearing the hum of a Lightsaber or the roar of a TIE Fighter. But even for those general moviegoers, just go see the trailer (the final one) and you should be hooked in. If you're not, please go and see the film anyway - I promise you'll have a great time.
SW fans, The Force...its calling to you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE (Teaser #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCc2v7izk8w (Teaser #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAUxw4umkdY (Full Trailer) (Must See!!!)
Point Break (Dec 25-USA, Feb 12-UK, Dec 3-Singapore)
The only reason I'm moderately excited for this film is because of the trailers. While I am aware of the existence of the original movie which stars Keanu Reeves, and I am well aware of how good, or at least, how popular the film is...no, I have not seen it and I don't really intend to. Nevertheless, all it takes is for me to see the first trailer for this modern reboot. It looks so exciting & quite promising in both action & character, so, yepp, I'm on board (board...surfboard...get it??). Anyway, check out the trailers below...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYIALBtQJlE (Trailer #1) (Must See!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EJMRIQcGhY (Trailer #2)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (December 18)
-Singing chipmunks...no...not for me, thank you very much...
Note that The Hateful Eight and The Revenant only has a limited release in December, but will have a wide release in January...so I'll bring those up then..