It’s not a March to be much excited about. Unless the oddball surprise is around the corner, there are barely a couple of movies to really look forward to. I’m being generous. For most, there is only one movie that will truly catch their attention. But we are optimists, right? Of the eleven or so wide releases in North America scheduled in the month of March, we still have managed to scavenge five movies that might spice up things. Or not. You decide.
5) 10 Cloverfield Lane: It is not often that the name of the producer could be an impetus to look up for a movie. But J.J. Abrams is a brand in himself, and any sort of link that he holds to a movie could make it worth investigating. 10 Cloverfield Lane narrates the story of a woman who wakes up from a car accident to find herself in a basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack. True or not, she has to figure it out. Not exactly a sequel to Cloverfield, this does carry elements from that 2008 movie. The plot looks decently gripping enough to maybe give it a try.
4) London Has Fallen: You must have wondered how does the President of the United States of America get attacked in the White House itself. That was how events had unfolded in 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen. If you haven’t figured that out yet, get ready to be amazed once more as the President is about to be kidnapped again, this time in the United Kingdom. The sequel that brings back Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart may make little sense, though I hope it carries some senseless thrill to make us forget the plot.
3) Zootopia: Disney’s animated film Zootopia is turning out to be better than it initially looked as the early reviews are already in, and most of them have heaped praises on the film. The story revolves around a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop who must work together to uncover a conspiracy. With voices from Idris Elba and Jason Bateman, Zootopia comes from a studio that has hardly done anything wrong in the last few years. So time to again bet on the Disney magic!
2) The Divergent Series – Allegiant: The Divergent Series should have ended with this movie, but as is the trend, the final book has been split into two movies. So essentially we get the beginning of the end. The movie will continue the adventures of Tris and Four, played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James, as they seek to explore what lies beyond the walls in which their society has lived for so many years. The audience has not warmed up to the series in the manner that they loved The Hunger Games, but it still has a decent enough following for the studio to see this through the end. If you have been hooked to the series then it is a must-watch, but if you haven’t, then it would be better to watch the previous two movies before you plunge into Allegiant.
1) Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice: Ahh, this was the movie I had mentioned earlier, the movie which would be eagerly awaited by one and all. Whether you are a DC fan or not. The two biggest superheroes of the comic book age are about to clash on the big screen for the first time, that is something that cannot go unwatched. Zack Snyder’s movie will take things forward from Man of Steel, this time introducing Ben Affleck as Batman along with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Not only is the audience waiting to judge Affleck as the new Batman, but also Warner Bros. for its ability to match up with Disney/Marvel’s cinematic universe. Expect to hear harsh criticism to absolute love, for that is the kind of extreme feelings such big-budget superhero movies provide. I have had moments where I doubted on how this movie will turn out to be, but I keep my fingers crossed, because if it turns out to be as good as it is meant to be, then all of us movie-goers are in for a special treat indeed!