12/06/2011

Want to know what the December movies are all about? Here are the geeky December movies being released along with my thoughts about them.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


When? December 16th
What Is It?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective, with Jude Law stepping into the shoes of his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Heading up the rest of the cast are RocknRolla's Mark Strong as the film's villain, Blackwood, and Rachel McAdams portraying the love interest, Irene Adler. - Moviefone
Should I See It?
I have been a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes for years. I own ten copies of the collection of short stories including one from the 1940s. When I heard they were making a new action film based on the character I was dead-set against it. I was wrong. It's a great film. The sequel, featuring the infamous Professor Moriarty, should be even better. Plus, Downey said the fight scenes will be even better than the first film.
Verdict: See It!




Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol 


When? December 21
What is it?
Academy Award-winning director Brad Bird (Ratatouille) makes his live action feature directorial debut with the fourth installment of the massively successful Mission Impossible series. The Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the IMF. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a global nuclear war. Now in order to clear the IMF of terrorism charges, Ethan assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using every high-tech trick in the book. But this time they're on their own, and should they be caught, the entire world could be plunged into a nightmare from which there is no waking up. Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg co-star. - Official Synopsis
Should I See It?
The Mission Impossible franchise got off to rocky start with the first films ridiculous plot twist of making the main character from the TV show the villain. The sequels were OK until J.J. Abrams created a cinematic masterpiece with MI:3. This one is directed by Brad Bird and Abrams becomes a producer. The plot sounds good although a little derivative of the first movie.
Verdict: Maybe


The Adventures of Tintin 


What Is It?
Director Steven Spielberg kicks off the big-screen Tintin trilogy with this computer-animated motion-capture adaptation of Herge's beloved Tintin comic strip. Produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy, the first installment in the series finds adventure-seeking Belgian reporter Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) and surly Captain Haddock (voiced by Andy Serkis) racing to recover a powerful artifact that was lost at sea four centuries ago. Meanwhile, the malevolent Red Rackham (voiced by Daniel Craig) is determined to beat them to it. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones provide additional voices for a film written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Steven Moffat. - MSN Movies
Should I See It?
Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a famous series of comic strips, it looks promising. I've read a few of the strips in the past and found them interesting, but not very memorable. Just going off the trailer it looks OK. Nothing too exciting, but it might be fun.
Verdict: Maybe 

The Darkest Hour


When? December 25
What Is It?
In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply. Directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella - Official Synopsis

Should I See It?
This one is the most original alien invasion story ever made. That could work against it, but everything we've seen so far makes me think this will be awesome. The idea of fighting static electricity sounds so goofy it's awesome.
Verdict: See It!



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Are you looking forward to any December movies? What do you think?
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4 comments:

Michael Offutt said...

I'm seeing most of these movie recommendations for sure. I'm looking forward to the movie trailer for the Hobbit which is supposed to air in the previews for Sherlock Holmes.

AlexJCavanaugh said...

My December movie list had all of those. Plus War Horse, because I have a feeling I'll be dragged to that one...

Maurice Mitchell said...

Michael, it looks like a good month for movies! I almost saw "Three Musketeers" for the Star Wars 3D trailer.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Alex, War Horse...I'm on the fence about that one.

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