Entertainment: The Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014
Apparently, 2014 is the year of sequels and remakes. It really does bug me that Hollywood can’t seem to come up with any new ideas and some of the sequels do seem painfully forced. Nevertheless, I did my absolute best in weeding out anything that was not top-10 worthy. But unfortunately, there are quite a few sequels and remakes in this list. So, if you’re a stickler for original content and such, this Top 10 list might make you a bit angry. I apologize in advance. So without further ado, I present the Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014.
10. 22 Jump Street
“We’re moving you across the street to 22 Jump Street.” says Ice Cube. If you never saw the original, 21 Jump Street focused on two screwball cops who go undercover as high school students to undermine a Los Angeles drug ring. Jonah Hill was stupidly hilarious while Channing Tatum surprised audiences with his impeccable comedic timing. This time, the boys are off to college to deliver swift justice. With Hill taking the reigns in the writing room yet again, 22 Jump Street promises to deliver even more laughs from this truly amazing duo.
The first 300 brought the awesomeness of the ancient Spartan civilization to the mainstream. Even though it wasn’t historically accurate, the swift, beautiful, and gory action scenes made audiences ignore this tiny detail. With a brand new cast, Rise of an Empire focuses on the battle of Thermopylae, Artemisium, Salamis, and Marathon. If it’s anything like the original, it will be spectacular, but with dozens of Persian decapitations and Spartan dismemberment.
Who wouldn’t put anything having to do with Planet of the Apes on a top ten list? Ever since the very first Planet of the Apes surfaced, it’s lore and universe have been praised by critics and super-nerds alike. Unfortunately, Planet of the Apes is slowly fading from pop culture. But the new rebooted Apes universe means we get to watch humanity fall all over again: entertainment at it’s finest.
Andrew Garfield completely remastered the role of Peter Parker in the first Amazing Spider-Man, putting Tobey Maguire completely to shame. And let’s be honest, whoever was in charge of casting Spider-Man the first time around should be brought out to the country and shot. But now we have a new Spidey, a new ferocious looking villain played by Jamie Foxx, and a brand new surrounding universe. It’s the perfect example of “out with the old, in with the new.” And who knows, maybe Gwen will finally die this time around.
The Boxtrolls is yet another great-looking stop motion film by Laika animation studios. For those who are unfamiliar with Laika, it produced Coraline and ParaNorman, two movies that took the pitch-dark cartoon genre one step further than even Tim Burton could imagine. Laika’s newest brainchild focuses on a group of trolls living underground while raising a human being. Do not shrug this off as a simple children’s movie; it looks intriguing, complex, and proves from the trailer that it is not afraid to cross some lines.
I know very little about the Guardians; they are originally members of the Marvel Multiverse and starred in their very own comic book series ages ago. Now, they join their Marvel brothers and sisters in the latest comic book film adaptation: Guardians of the Galaxy. Also Chris Pratt, who plays Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation, got completely ripped for the film. So ladies, gather round. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope that it’s at least half as good as The Avengers.
Okay, bear with me here. This will not beat the original. But dare I hope that it will be good? Both Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson join the cast in this modern adaptation of a classic nugget of movie genius. Plus, that new black suit looks fantastic, much better than silver. We know the story, we know the characters, but we don’t know if I’ll end up walking out of the theater or not. Robocop 2014 could put the name to shame, or it could revive the living crap out of it. Time will tell.
It’s been two decades since Harry and Lloyd hit the silver screen. So why are they suddenly back in action? We could ask the same question about Toy Story 3 or Anchorman 2. The sequel gap seems so large that almost everyone who saw the original in theaters is about to fall into their graves: we’re talking early-mid thirties here. But maybe that’s the point. Now it’s time to unveil Dumb and Dumber to the next generation. If it’s anything like the original, it will be hilarious. (Please be hilarious).
I forgot all about Legos! Anyone who wants a taste of nostalgia must see this film. Lego Batman, Lego Gandalf, Lego Wonderman, Neo, Green Lantern, etc. They’re all here, folks. The same toys we used to play with for hours on end (and the same toys our parents continually stepped on in their bare feet), are finally on the big screen. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Colbie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson are just a few of the many stars who lent their voices. It’s going to be a hell of a time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Japan knows what’s up. Specifically, they know what makes a monster movie fantastic. Simplicity, English subtitles, and lots and lots of spray painted bubble wrap. The original Godzilla is a light in the darkness, an epic saga of an ancient beast rising from the depths of the sea seeking to destroy any and everything in it’s path. Now it’s time for a long awaited remake of arguably one of the greatest monster movies ever made. I just put my entire movie reviewer reputation on the line, Godzilla 2014. Do not disappoint me.