Time has once again flown by so quickly, so noiselessly; an enigma, isn’t it? We are in the final month of the year, after having been entertained by many movies and suffered through few. This is not the time to reminiscence on the year though. This is the time to look forward to the four more weekends that the year has to offer before the curtains draw to a close. The final month is usually filled with a lot many limited releases, the hopefuls who pray for an Oscar spot. But there are a good number of wide releases as well, so nothing to complain about, and from these we choose five that could help us give this year a wonderful farewell.
5) Unbroken: There has been a lot of buzz around this movie for quite sometime. Partly to do with Angelina Jolie’s presence as a director, and partly to do with the biopic nature of the movie which covers the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. This one is expected be an intense and emotionally moving film, as Jolie continues to grow behind the cameras. Really expect great things from her as a director!
4) The Interview: It’s a silly story, I know that. But when has Seth Rogen not been loved for his eccentric silliness!? The Interview, directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, is a comedy film about a TV host and the producer being sent to North Korea to assassinate the country’s leader. The movie has already received a lot of flak from the North Korean government, but that will not stop its release in the USA on Christmas, surely. Enjoy the goofiness!
3) Night at the Museum – Secret of the Tomb: This one is not going to be any less silly either. But that does not stop it from being enjoyable. Ben Stiller is always a joy to watch, walking dinosaur fossils are fun too, and the whole absurd notion of a museum coming to life at night has found many fans which has led to this successful franchise. This movie also gives us one of the final glimpses of Robin Williams’ performance, and a tear or two will be shed across the world.
2) Exodus – Gods and Kings: It’s not a story unheard of in Hollywood – the tale of Moses. But this movie still has a few reasons to make it a theatrical attraction. It has Christian Bale in the lead role of Moses, Ridley Scott in the director’s seat, and lavish visual effects. The likes of Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley add to the rather impressive cast. The movie is bound to have a lot of action and intense drama, and hopefully would be much more entertaining than Ridley Scott’s previous flick, The Counselor.
1) The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies: It is the final chapter of the grand tale of The Hobbit. That means it will have a massive action finale, one that would give us goosebumps, and keep this franchise ingrained in our minds for a long time. Many say that Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy compares weakly to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I may too agree with that, but that is no reason to not relish the entertainment brought on by The Hobbit franchise. It has been an adventurous journey so far with Bilbo Baggins, filled with a range of emotions, one that is about to come to an end in a few weeks. This end will mark the end of something truly phenomenal in Hollywood, when you consider the kind of critical and financial success the six movies on Middle Earth by Peter Jackson have enjoyed. To build something on such an extravagant scale requires a lot of imagination and creativity, and Jackson has had that in abundance. Wonder what next project will he take up. But that is a story for another day. Now we wait patiently as the grand finale of an epic series arrives!