LISTED Film Previews – December ’10

It’s December already? When the hell did that happen?! Ok, believe me, I’m not complaining about the fact that I can now wake up to a small chocolatey treat every morning, but it would be nice if I had at least some of my Christmas shopping done and dusted already! I suppose I had better get on with it and blitz my credit card on some online stores! In the meantime, for those of you out there who have already done your shopping, here are some film previews for you to read:

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (12A) (Dir. Michael Apted)

There is a certain amount of scepticism accompanying the release of this third instalment in the Narnia franchise, mainly down to a change of both production companies AND directors. However, with Voyage of the Dawn Treader now being backed by the same company that released Avatar (Fox) there is potential for as much of a marketing blanket as there was before. In this instalment, the Pevensie children once again get swept away to the magical world of Narnia where they re-unite with King Caspian (Ben Barnes) and take a trip on the royal ship The Dawn Treader to their greatest adventure yet, encountering dragons, merfolk and more on their voyage to the edge of the world. Plenty of potential for great 3D here, but without the backing from Disney, will it have quite the same “magical” quality it originally had? Released December 10th.

TRON: LEGACY (PG) (Dir. Joseph Kosinski)

The follow-up to one of the biggest cult sci-fi hits ever finally hits screens this month, following nearly a couple of years of gradually building hype. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) gets sent to investigate a signal from his father’s old arcade decades after he went missing. When he does, he too is sucked into the futuristic cyber world of TRON where his dad Kevin (Jeff Bridges) has been trapped for 20 years. After reuniting with each other, they team up with warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde) to take down the Master Control Program. Disney are releasing this in competition with their old franchise of Narnia, so you can expect this to tick all the right boxes to make sure they bring the crowds in. Everything that made the original great is now upgraded, so expect some immense 3D light cycle action! Make sure you see this! Released December 26th.

MEGAMIND (PG) (Dir. Tom McGrath)

From the same people that brought us How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek comes Will Ferrell’s answer to Despicable Me. Ferrell plays Megamind, the most notorious super-villain Metro City has ever seen. But after he finally defeats his heroic opposite Metro Man, he creates himself a new foe who turns even more evil than him. Now, Megamind might have to use his powers… for good! Also starring Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt, Megamind could easily crush comedic opposition like Little Fockers, and if this works out well for Ferrell then perhaps Anchorman 2 might not be so far off after all… Released December 3rd.

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (PG) (Dir. Robert Letterman)

Jack Black renews the old story as Lemuel Gulliver, a journalist who gets transported to an island in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle where he is a giant among the civilisation of the Lilliputians and eventually becomes part of their community. This is perhaps a slightly unusual turn of character considering what Jack Black is capable of from past ventures, but the fact the production company wouldn’t let him open for Pearl Jam (a lifelong dream of his) shows that dedication has been put into this, so let’s hope it’s all worth it! Released December 26th.

As published in Listed Magazine and on www.listedmagazine.com

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