Last month, we pondered whether we had seen the best week in movie trailers ever, or the best week in movie trailers ever when the trailers for The Hunger Games and Brave came out in quick succession.
Well, as it turns out, that week may only have been the second-most exciting week in movie trailers ever, as the past couple of days have brought us the trailers for both of the two movies that are, with all due respect to The Hunger Games and Brave, easily the two movies that Team KeyPulp is most looking forward to in 2012. And the trailer for another much-anticipated movie dropped yesterday. What are they? We’ll get there (as if you can’t guess), but as it turns out, there are quite a few movies we’re excited to see coming in 2012. So in the spirit of all the “Best of 2011″ and “Looking Ahead to 2012″ lists that are floating around the interwebs, let’s take a look at what delicious geek fare will be hitting our cinemas and blowing our minds next year.
11. World War Z
Apparently, America still isn’t over zombies. That’s okay with us, as long as they’re done well. So while we might have the urge to yawn at another zombie flick, we have trouble believing that Brad Pitt would sign on to the adaptation of Max Brooks’s novel if it wasn’t promising.
10. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
We’re looking forward to this one because, if for no other reason, it’s a geekeriffic horror mashup that doesn’t involve zombies or vampires! (Not that we don’t love zombies. See immediately above and immediately below.)
9. Resident Evil: Retribution
As long as Milla Jovovich is ass-kicking the evil Umbrella Corporation and T-virus infected zombies we’re going to keep returning to this Paul W. S. Anderson-penned series. Unlike other mega-bucks franchises (eh-hem—Spiderman), Resident Evil continues to advance plot instead of constantly rebooting. Plus, Odad Fahr is back. How? Not sure. Isn’t his character supposed to be dead? Yes. Which is why his reappearance in the fifth film makes for another great reason to watch.
An Alien prequel?! Featuring the tale of the Space Jockey?! Yes! We mean, no! We mean, kind of! Prometheus started as Ridley Scott’s prequel to his 1979 classic, but evolved into something a bit more independent—although, according to Scott, it will provide the “DNA” of what became Alien. From the just-released trailer, it certainly looks like a prequel, with some familiar locations and set pieces that are integral to Alien. Prometheus looks like it’ll the perfect sci-fi/horror blend, so we expect this to be the best film of the Alien universe since Aliens.
Okay, so Quantum of Solace got overly convoluted, even by James Bond standards. But Daniel Craig remains the best Bond since Connery (and we’re all ears to the reasonable assertion that he’s better on the basis of being more true to Ian Fleming’s character as written), and Bond films are generally reliable for delivering quality fare for munching popcorn and enjoying an escape from reality. And with Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem on board, we expect villainy (which is often the deciding factor in what makes or breaks a Bond film) of the highest order.
6. The Raven
A murder mystery based on some of our favorite gothic literature, starring John Cusack? Sold.
5. The Avengers
Take the characters and actors from the wildly successful (and surprisingly good) recent film adaptations of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk (minus Edward Norton, who’s replaced by Mark Ruffalo), put them together, and what do you get? Exactly the way we want to kick off the summer movie season this coming May.
Book it now: Pixar will bounce back from its first real dud with this fantasy tale about an ass-kicking princess out to save her kingdom from her own ill-advised wish. With Mark Andrews—who supervised Ratatouille and The Incredibles—at the helm, we expect this to be another easy hit for Pixar.
3. The Hunger Games
The first book in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy is like a mashup of high school English classics: Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, “The Most Dangerous Game,” and “The Lottery.” With, of course, a healthy dose of the not-safe-for-any-high-school-curriculum Battle Royale. Call it plagiarism, call it inspiration, whatever. We loved it.
So we’re eagerly, if nervously, anticipating the film’s opening in March. The trailer gives us some things to be very exited about, and some things to be a bit uneasy about (e.g., Woody Harrelson’s “hair”). Whether we walk out thrilled, indifferent, or furious, it’s something we can’t wait to see.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
Really, this might as well be 1a, because we’ll be seeing both of these top two movies immediately upon their release, and expect that we’ll see them both multiple times in the theaters. Just as we’d had reservations about The Joker as a villain in the Dark Knight series, as potentially too cartoon-y, we were a bit concerned about the selection of Bane and Catwoman for this final installment. But Nolan (and, of course, Heath Ledger) absolutely nailed The Joker; so we expect Nolan, Thomas Hardy, and Anne Hathaway to do the same this time around. Perhaps the only thing keeping this from being the absolutely top billing for 2012 is that we don’t yet have any good plot hints.
1. The Hobbit
We’ve been putting this list together for about a week or so, and literally until the debut of the trailer for The Hobbit, this number one spot was occupied by The Dark Knight Rises, with Bilbo, Gandalf, and company sitting at number two. But holy hell, check out the trailer if you haven’t already:
Seriously, there is nothing not to love about this trailer—except that it’s just the beginning of a full year-long tease before The Hobbit actually hits theaters.
Do you agree with our list? If not, tell us what we should have included, or which ones you think we should have left out, in the comments.