Several must-see films are being released late November-early December. From Bilbo's adventure to Tarantino's slavery-era action flick,these are the top five movies I can't wait to watch on the big screen.
Hollywood works tirelessly to churn out blockbusters over the holiday season. Movie-goers get a deluge of Santa Claus heroes, Disney filler, overly loud action movies and rom-coms starring the Actress of the Moment.
But I'm more interested not only in the big-budget eye-poppers but also the films driven by intriguing storylines and memorable characters. Think The Master, one of my top picks for the best film of 2012.
Below are my top five films to watch next month, in no particular order:
Plot: A young man survives a disaster at sea and faces an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Worth seeing because... The book was fantastic, and if anyone can translate Yann Martel's unique story to film it's Ang Lee. I've always felt Lee's talent have not been truly applied to the right projects, but everything is lining up for Life of Pi to become a masterpiece. The visuals look stunning, and its spiritual themes might just be the right ingredient to earn it some Oscars love.
Plot: The life and times of director Alfred Hitchcock, with a particular focus on the filmmaker's relationship with his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.
Worth seeing because... What looks to be the definitive probe into Hitchcock's woman problems, this film stars Anthony Hopkins in the title role and Helen Mirren as his wife. Those two acting powerhouses will be sure to give Hitchcock the kind of glimmer this biopic deserves. Director Sacha Gervasi isn't too experienced helming projects, but I really liked what he did with the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil.
Plot: A prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit stars Bilbo Baggins as he journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.
Worth seeing because... As a fan of LOTR, I can't wait to see Peter Jackson's take on the book that got it all started for Tolkien fans. The sets and action will undoubtedly be compelling, and it'll be interesting to see how this first of three Hobbit movies delve into Middle Earth lore. Martin Freeman, playing Bilbo, won us over in The Office and his comedy chops will likely serve him well as the cherub-faced hobbit.
Plot: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a violent Mississippi plantation owner.
Worth seeing because... Quentin Tarantino's first film in three years sees him helm a tear-jerker of a story, but since this is Tarantino, it won't go in the expected places. Stars stud this film - Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson - so if the writing is sharper than Inglorious Basterds and leans more to Reservoir Dogs territory, this could be the hottest film of 2012.
Plot: A story of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
Worth seeing because... Based on the real-life account of a family struggling to survive the 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia, The Impossible has drama written all over it. In the trailer, you can see how the tension breaks these characters down into something so human, I got a feeling Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor will earn buzz for their talent. Not sure if the ending will be as expected as the trailer suggests, but here's hoping The Impossible will not only hit us hard emotionally but spin a few twists to keep the story fresh.
What movies are you looking forward to seeing?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com