Movie Talk regulars Heidi and Adele have already shared some of the movies they’re looking forward to over the coming months (here and here). Here guest poster Gina gives us a brace of must-sees and one potential disaster.
Alice in Wonderland
Release date: March 5
The creative genius that is Tim Burton (or demented macabre meister, depending on your perspective) flings himself headlong down the rabbit hole in this ‘sequel’ to the children’s favourite by Lewis Carroll. Keeping it a family affair, the Missus – Helena Bonham Carter – plays The Red Queen, alongside fellow wacky racer Johnny Depp in the role of the Mad Hatter. Bonham Carter has actually admitted ‘We’re the bonkers couple’ and we’d hardly argue with that, but I’ve got a soft spot for the talented, sartorially fascinating duo. In fine support is a veritable who’s who of British acting talent including Stephen ‘Twitter’ Fry, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall. The CGI looks superb from the trailer and relative newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice certainly has the requisite child-woman vibe. And if you’re in NYC between now and April 24, you can see a fascinating exhibition of Burton artwork at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Here’s a link to Burton talking about his work.
Release date: 12 March
Since Taxi Driver slammed into our consciousness back in 1976, I’ve been a major fan of Martin Scorsese. His output is astonishing and his visceral portrayal of violence quite horrific, but love him or hate him, he’s a master of his craft. The fact he had to wait until 2007 to win Best Director Oscar [for The Departed] is criminal, but that’s another story.
Based on the eponymous novel by Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island is also clearly inspired by Scorsese’s love of 1940s B-movies, notably Mark Robson’s Isle of the Dead (1945), whose plot also involved a stranded visit to a creepy remote island. Once again, the director has cast Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. Here he’s playing a US marshal investigating the disappearance of a murderess from a psychiatric hospital on the remote Shutter Island. Watching Leo’s rise from skirt-chasing beach bum to friend-of-Al Gore eco-warrior is astonishing (and sometimes worrying). As Leo is arguably the most talented actor of his generation, I’m expecting a dark and intense performance. With Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Emily Mortimer in fine support, let’s hope this is less 12 Monkeys and more Cape Fear.
Release date: 20 August
The darkly gothic movie poster for Angelina Jolie’s latest flick is misleading – this is no vampiric Twilight sequel – rather another showcase for her talents as all-round, toughie action hero! In a role originally penned for Tom Cruise, Ange leaps from buildings, Ange leaps from trains and generally gets involved in much derring-do in her role as a CIA officer on the run – accused of being a Russian spy. With Philip ‘Dead Calm’ Noyce at the helm there should be suspense aplenty, but I think Angie reached her action peak with Brad in Mr and Mrs Smith. Action needs humour and that movie had it in spades. As well as the most electric chemistry between two leads I’ve seen in a long time.