By Jack Rico
As with any new year, there comes an expectation of improving upon the past 12 months. With CGI, 3D and IMAX making major inroads towards enhancing the overall cinematic experience, we are very excited for 2014. There are too many films that have us titillated with interest and enormous enthusiasm, so we’ve undertaken the onerous task of dwindling it down to only 5 films that should get you in the mood. So without further delay, here are the 5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014!
5. “Big Hero 6” – Don Hall (November 7)
2014 may not have The Avengers, but there is a similar second best option: Marvel’s first animated film from Disney – “Big Hero 6”. The plot revolves around a talented inventor who recruits a group of people to become superheroes and save the world. Does it sound familiar? Rise of the Guardians also had a similar plotline. The film takes the classic concepts of superhero films and gives it a refreshing twist. It’s a Disneyfied Avengers. Disney meets Marvel at its finest. We cannot wait!
4. “X -Men: Days of Future Past” – Bryan Singer (May 23)
The last X-Men movie we saw – “X-Men: First Class” – was arguably the best in its franchise. But we’re hoping “X -Men: Days of Future Past” crushes that. In the latest installment of the Wolverine saga – The Wolverine – the end credit hidden scene got a massive pop reaction from the crowd seeing the reunion of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. 20th Century Fox has been making a concerted effort to revive the series and it seems to finally be working. What we can expect is magic from the director of the first two films, Bryan Singer, who seems to know these characters better than the helmers that followed him. Can this sequel make box-office history and surpass The Avengers? We’ll have to see, in the meantime, expect a marvelous continuation of “X -Men: First Class” and we hope it’s as innovative, bold and artistic that it manages to give a new life to the series.
3. “Interstellar” – Christopher Nolan (November 7)
A new Christopher Nolan directorial movie. That’s what we’re psyched on seeing this upcoming 2014. For now, Nolan is dusting off his producer cap on ‘Man of Steel‘ and rolling his sleeves with love and sweat much like he did with The Dark Knight Trilogy. If he can put that type of devotion into “Interstellar” we’re sure to expect another classic film. In the not too distant future, the world becomes unsustainable due to overpopulation and extreme weather changes which have caused a dearth of food for everyone. The concepts of time and reality are transformed when a group of scientists and explorers travel through an intergalactic hole that can save humanity. Besides an incredible cast, this movie promises to be the best sci-fi/action film of 2014!
2. “Noah” – Darren Aronofsky (March 28)
After seeing the impressive trailer (which along with “Walter Mitty” are the best trailers of 2013) there is no doubt that “Noah” is one of the most anticipated films next year. Epic biblical films have always become classic legendary productions that have lasted the test of time. There will be legions of people worldwide who will want to see the interesting cast in action, and those who will want to see the ways in which the film insults the Bible. No matter what team you are with, in the end, we’ll all we want to see “Noah” because we all grew up knowing the story and tales of it. This epic stars Russell Crowe in the titular role fighting the naysaying crowds who do not believe that the apocalypse is coming. Obviously, films related to the Bible are controversial, but Aronofsky, who always wanted to make this film, will want everyone to like it. We think we’ll like it too.
1. “Guardians of the Galaxy” – James Gun (August 1)
After the final scene in Thor 2, when Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro appears in the teaser at the end of the credits, the excitement that built itself in the theater for Marvel’s new superhero ensemble film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” was a blatant indication for what the #1 movie audiences are mostly looking forward to in 2014. Movies and comics seem to be a winning combination, just look at franchises The X -Men and The Avengers, which have had some of the best blockbusters of all time. But in the summer of 2014, when Marvel Studios introduces the “Guardians” to Hollywood, some will be less confident of its potential. The film itself is a risky move because these superpowered characters are not household names and they’re very eccentric. For example, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel take the roles of Rocket Racoon and Groot, a raccoon and a tree whom are best friends. Director James Gunn has a lot of artistic freedom and it’ll be interesting to see how he makes this potential franchise into a billion dollar success. Also, we’re hoping to see special effects on a scale that no other franchise has achieved.