Richard Crouse’s Predictions – Looking Ahead to 2010 at the Movies
Here’s what my crystal ball predicts for 2010 at the movies:
· A Nicolas Cage overload. He has no fewer than five movies scheduled.
· Comic book heroes coming to life–look for Jonah Hex, The Green Hornet and the return of Iron Man.
· A new catchphrase in the form of “Good call, baby doll,” from the movie Kick Ass. It’s the new “I’m Rick James, bitch!”
· Many jokes about The Last Airbender, the name of the new M. Night Shyamalan fantasy.
· The thrill of Russell Crowe in tights.
Of course, then there’s the movies themselves.
From the book shelves to the big screen it’s I Love You Phillip Morris. Based on the memoir of the same name by Steve McVicker it features big stars–Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor–as lovers separated by prison bars.
A more conventional love story can be found in Eat, Pray, Love, an adaptation of the best selling memoir about a woman (played here by Julia Roberts) who changes her life by traveling the world. Advance word has this one pegged as this year’s Julie & Julia.
Perhaps the most anticipated book adaptation this year is Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Everyone knows the story–rabbit hole, crazy tea party, the Red Queen!–but the real draw here is to see how visionary director Burton brings it to the screen. That and Johnny Depp’s cheekbones. It should be the trippiest fairy tale of the year.
Not a fan of slapstick? Date Night teams-up TV’s funniest actors, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, for this story of a romantic night out gone wrong and in Grown Ups former SNLers Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and David Spade play reunited high school friends. More ambitious is Knight & Day, an action comedy about a blind date between a secret agent and a single woman (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) that turns into a deadly adventure.
As usual a feeling of déjÃ vu hangs heavy in the air as 2010 brings the usual onslaught of sequels, remakes and retreads.
In Little Fockers (the Meet the Fockers sequel) there’s a baby on the way for stars Ben Stiller and Teri Polo. Perhaps co-star Robert De Niro will be called the Godfocker and the movie’s way with terrible “focking” puns will finally be complete.
2010 promises much at the multiplex–from a Wolfman reboot starring Benicio Del Toro as the furry-faced lycanthrope to Mel Gibson’s return from The Edge of Darkness to the year’s strangest sounding film Hot Tub Time Machine–but one thing is for sure, there’s something for everyone out there.
– Richard Crouse
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