The 2018 Film Release Calendar: December
It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.
I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.
The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).
And finally, December.
Many years after the “Sixty Minute War,” cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.
This is another one of those Peter Jackson movies where he’s like, “I might direct it!” and then he just produces it and pawns it off to someone else and they shoot it in his studio. He’s becoming the George Lucas of New Zealand.
This looks like a giant, young adult, CGI mess. Just too many effects.
3 stars. Can’t assume anything more than that. Hard to trust anything Peter Jackson does anymore, because it’s all bent to adding too much unnecessary CGI. So no. This is a no for me. Let it be good, but I don’t see that happening at all.
Holmes & Watson
A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Holmes and Watson. From the director of Get Hard.
I… this is gonna depend on the tone they take. I’m not beholden to Step Brothers, even though there are parts of that movie I think are funny. I also don’t think comedy nowadays is in a particularly good place, and Will Ferrell might not have made a funny movie since Step Brothers. So all of this is building toward something I’m not particularly excited about.
However — Ralph Fiennes as Moriarty and Hugh Laurie as Mycroft Holmes. Rebecca Hall is in this, Kelly Macdonald. They’re trying to make this good. So we’ll go 3.5 stars. That way, we can see this as a definite disappointment. Which is where I’m concerned we’re headed with this.
Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Well… definitely not something I’m excited about. The Aquaman scene in Justice League where he talks to Amber Haerd underwater was one of the most embarrassing parts of that movie, which is saying something.
D.C. has made exactly one passable movie so far, and I can’t see this continuing that trend. December is also a weird time to put this out, which makes me think they might try pushing it into 2019. But maybe not. We’ll see.
It’s D.C., so 3 stars. There’s gonna be too much CGI for me to give a shit, and I just won’t care. The best case for this movie is not Unforgivable.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.
Travis Knight is directing this, which I’m still amazed about. He could have followed Kubo with anything. But maybe that means this will actually be good and make this franchise fresh again. It’s not gonna take much for this to be the best one since the first one.
Hailee Steinfeld is the lead, and it also stars John Cena, Pamela Adlon, Kenneth Choi, John Ortiz, and Abby Quinn from Landline.
3.5 stars. I think I can get 3.5 out of this. It should be solid. Grounded and fun is all I need, and I think I’ll get that.
A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert in 1985.
I’ve always wanted to see this movie. However, when they finally announced it the way they did… I was concerned. Bryan Singer wasn’t necessarily the right director for it, even though I was sure it would be solid. And the band was controlling the story, which meant it was gonna be a rose-colored glasses version of history and not necessarily be honest. Then… stuff happened, and now Dexter Fletcher is finishing the film.
Still, I think this could be solid. Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury. Also in it are Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Mike Myers, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander.
3.5 stars. Not gonna go too high, but if they can at least make this kinda good, I’ll be okay. Though I’m worried they sullied this subject matter for a while before we can get a really good version of this story. I hope that doesn’t happen.
Mary Poppins Returns
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Let’s begin with that. It’s Mary Poppins, it’s Disney, it’s Rob Marshall, who makes solid movies. 3.5 stars is the minimum for this. If they can recapture the feeling of the magic of the original, then 3.5 stars is the minimum.
Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins, Meryl Streep is in it, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury — I’m so down for all of this.
Hopefully visual effects and not CGI. That will make me even happier.
I need this to be really good. I truly do.
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