Summer at the Cinema
Summer 2012 is looking mighty fine for movies.
This week Snow White & The Huntsman and Prometheus has hit the big screen.
Starring Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Thor's Chris Hemsworth, SWATH has a nice twist on the timeless fairy tale. This time round Snow is no dainty princess, but instead a tough soldier trained in the art of war alongside the eight dwarfs who are knights from England. With battles aplenty and creepy atmospheric scares, SWATH may surpass Disney's classic in the eyes of a 21st Century teen.
Theron has been a busy girl as she too appears within Ridley Scott's Prometheus. The science-fiction film is said to be a loose prequel to Alien, but the script has been tightly guarded and the trailer doesn't give much away other than an adventure into space ends up in a race against time to save mankind. With a cast that also includes Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (Shame, X-Men: First Class) and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential), Prometheus is a must-see.
As well as Rock of Ages (Tom Cruise singing), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (president v parasite) and Brave (Disney/Pixar go Scottish), The Amazing Spider-Man will also most likely perform splendidly at the Box Office.
Replacing Sam Raimi's previous three Spidey films and starring real-life couple Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Emma Stone (Easy A, The Help) as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy respectfully, this reboot has the potential to win Spider-Man a spot in the next Avengers flick.
Saving the best for last, The Dark Knight Rises will be the outright smash of the summer. Following on from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the legend will come to an end with the caped crusader facing-off against Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) in the fight for Gotham City. Although this is the supposed final outing of dream team Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Christopher Nolan (director), if DC Comics commission a Justice League movie due to the success of Marvel's Avengers Assemble I will be mighty disappointed if Bale doesn't reprise his role.
The aforementioned are only a taste of what's to come. Going into the autumn the likes of Total Recall, The Expendables 2 (in Chuck we trust), The Bourne Legacy, Lawless, The Gangster Squad, Resident Evil: Retribution, Silent Hill: Revelations, House At The End Of The Street, Red Dawn and Skyfall will nicely take us to the end of the year when the Academy Award hopefuls are released.
Expect Spielberg's Lincoln, Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Tarantino's Django Unchained, Bigelow's Kill Bin Laden, Jackson's The Hobbit and Hooper's Les Miserables to hit big come award season.
It's a good year for cinema - and an even better one for audiences.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 06 Jun 12
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