November & its set of blockbusters

This November does not carry with it a plethora of movies. But while the lack of numbers might disappoint, the quality should not. There are a few in fact lined up to challenge for the top box-office spots of the year, and that means a lot of news and a lot of chatter about these movies before and after the release. Animation has not been too prolific this year, but there are a couple lined up in November, and the same goes for the comedy genre. There is a little bit of drama, a bit of action too, and we are good to go. These are the five movies of November that deserve our attention.

5) Penguins of Madagascar: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. Oh yes, the penguins of the hit Madagascar movie series are back in a spin-off movie of their own. They are cute and lovable, they are smart and cunning, they are an adventurous lot whose failures are also successful. The Penguins deserved their movie undoubtedly, and let’s see if justice has been done to the characters. Oh, and there is Benedict Cumberbatch voicing one of the new characters. Not bad, eh!

4) Horrible Bosses 2: The sequel to the hit comedy of 2011 comes with the old cast and a bit of the new. We have the original trio of Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day, and two of the original bosses, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston, and ‘Motherf**ker’ Jamie Foxx, and the new father-son duo in Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. Phew! The dark humour of the original went down well with the audience, and here is hoping for the same tone and magic to continue in the sequel.

3) Big Hero 6: It’s a Disney animated movie based on Marvel comic characters. That sounds like big bucks right there. You have to give credit to Walt Disney Animation for the jump in quality in their work over recent years, which culminated in the massive hit Frozen last year. We expect a lot from Disney now, something similar to the way we feel with Pixar. So that is a huge challenge that Disney’s animated flicks have to live upto. Big Hero 6, from its promos, comes across like an adventure with a lot of fun and humour, something that should work with all age groups. Are we looking at a possible movie franchise of animated heroes now?

2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: We aren’t talking about whether this movie would do well at the box-office or not. Rather we are talking of how big a hit would it turn out to be. The initial tracking indicates that this third movie of The Hunger Games franchise is set to open with the biggest box-office weekend in North America for the year, which would not be a surprise considering the popularity of the book and movie series and the growing fame of Jennifer Lawrence. Expect the tone of the film to be dark, as the rebellion grows, and a lot of drama unfolds. Expect another clinical acting performance by Jennifer Lawrence. Expect haunting music, and quite a few emotional moments that may make you dig in your pockets for a handkerchief. Expect a blockbuster. And after that, we still have one more to go!

1) Interstellar: Christopher Nolan. Christopher Nolan. Christopher Nolan. These two words are what will get the audience rushing to the theatres on the first weekend of November. The wait for the next Nolan film had started way back in 2012 once The Dark Knight Rises came to an end. The fact that this one is an epic space sci-fi adventure with a cast that boasts of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine, only makes the deal that much sweeter. The trailers and the posters have given away little though there is a promising premise which is likely to build into something grandiose and spectacular in the hands of Christopher Nolan. I do agree that setting high expectations is not a good way to begin watching a movie, but if Inception was any suggestion then Christopher Nolan is more than well equipped to handle the scrutiny and pressure. So we are just days away from Interstellar now, days away from going to space. This one seems like a must-watch in Imax. Grab your suits, folks, an interstellar voyage awaits!



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