November is pretty big in 2012, at least film wise. Beginning the month of November (hopefully) right is Wreck-It Ralph, a film I’ve personally been looking forward to ever since I heard the plot description months ago. John C. Reilly stars as Wreck-it Ralph, an evil arcade video game character who is constantly a bane to protagonist Fix-it Felix (Jack McBrayer). But whenever someone’s not playing the game, Ralph’s true feelings are shone; he just wants to be a good guy in a game for once! So when a grand sparking new FPS enters his arcade, he takes his chance and infiltrates the game world, which is under the command of Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) . What follows quite frankly sounds hilarious, and a fantastic omage to the arcade cabinets of old. I’m a gamer, and the mere plot of this film delights me. Hopefully, Disney will have a clever winner in this animated comedy; it certainly has the potential to be one.
Also opening November 2 is My Mother’s Curse, a road trip comedy starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. In the film, Rogen plays a young inventor who travels with his mother cross country to sell his latest invention. The premise is good, and I love me a good road trip movie. It’s also written by Dan Fogelman, who delivered this year’s surprisingly great Crazy, Stupid, Love. AND it co-stars Adam Scott, one of my favorite comedic actors. So far, this film hasn’t done any wrong, and it actually sounds quite promising. Finally, we have the Red Dawn remake, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, and Josh Hutcherson. I still don’t see much sense in this film, especially because they changed the bad guys from Chinese to North Koreans (because, y’know, they’re so inter-changeable). Even though the film could provide some cool action, it seems plain asinine to remake a movie that was ABOUT The Cold War. News flash, MGM; The Cold War is over. Red Dawn has been sitting on the shelve for a good two years as all the turmoil at MGM occurred. Which is strange, because, like Cabin in the Woods, this film too features Chris Hemsworth. Is it some strange, Hemsworth curse? Eh, probably not.
So on the Box Office Mojo upcoming releases page (where I’m getting all my information on release dates), they still have McG’s Ouija listed for November 9. But, last I heard, that movie was canned by Universal. So I’m going to go with my gut and say that it’s postponed for the time being, and won’t be able to reach its release date. So I’m just going to move along and talk about Skyfall, the next James Bond film. It’s been quite the wait (about four years by the time Skyfalll releases), but finally we are getting the third Daniel Craig Bond movie. Quantum of Solace was a huge disappointment for me personally, because Casino Royale is one of my favorite action movies of the last decade. But finally, Bond is coming back, and he’s bring along director Sam Mendes. Most would think this a weird choice, but I love Road to Perdition (which co-starred Daniel Craig), and I can easily see how Mendes can make an excellent Bond film. Sure, he may not be that experienced at action, but I hope that won’t be a setback for him. I mean, how often have we really had an Oscar winning director direct a James Bond film? Either way you slice it, he’s a damn good choice, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the franchise. And hey, nothing can be as bad as Quantum of Solace, right?
Since Skyfall is the only other release of that week, let’s just skip ahead to November 16, where only one wide release is set for release. But boy, is it a doozy. The final Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, is finally being released. And quite frankly, I couldn’t be happier. Not because I want to find out what the hell happens to Edward and Bella (those crazy kids!), but because I’m just happy it will finally be over. No more talk of the franchise breaking box office records. No more terrifying accounts of the fandom of Twilight fans. No more of them crashing Comic Con. No, come November 16, it will all be over. And just like that, a gigantic weight will be lifted off the shoulder of film fans this world over.
Soon, people. Soon it will all be gone.
So there’s a good amount of films opening on November 21, but there’s one in particular I would like to talk about; Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. As some of you might know, I have quite the relationship with this film. After months of watching this film seemingly crumble without a lead actress finally, Gravity was reborn as a project starring Sandra Bullock. Well I’m not that big a fan of Bullock, I’m just happy to see this project alive. And in Post Production. And with a release date all of its own! This marvelous sounding, ambitious sci-fi drama has Sandra Bullock and her companion, George Clooney, stranded on a wrecked vessel in the middle of space. And the two have to find a way out. It doesn’t sound like much but, under Curaon’s steady hand, this can really be mind blowing. Reports of 20 minute long continuous shots and an amazing opening only add fuel to the fire. I just can’t wait for Gravity. It’s been a long, crazy road buddy. But finally, we’re set to see some results.
And since I care about the remaining four films much less then I do about Gravity, I’m just going to list them off:
-47 Ronin—Hey, cool samurai’s avenging their master in the 18th century? Well count me—wait, Keanu Reeves. Well…damn it.
-Parental Guidance—Another live action comedy starring Billy Crystal? Hey buddy, nice to have you back. Oh, and hi Bette Midler. I guess you’re a person too.
-Rise of the Guardians—Santa and his band of mystical cohorts forming a group to defeat the Bogeyman? Hey, it’s like The Expendables except by Dreamworks and starring Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, and Chis Pine! Sounds promising enough.
-The Silver Linings Playbook—From The Fighter director David O. Russell comes The Silver Lining Playbooks, starring Bradley Cooper as a recently released mental institution patient trying to fix his life. I already smell Oscar!