Sneak peaks at 2015 offerings

by Gazette Reporter

WITH a great year of film just tucked away, it is time to look ahead to some of the most anticipated releases of 2015, which promises to be a year made for blockbusters and superheroes.
More hotly anticipated than the usual summer sequels we are treated to is Joss Whedon’s follow up to 2012’s massively successful The Avengers.
While Whedon’s more droll approach to the Marvel franchise alienated some fans, the vast majority of viewers warmed to his style – a fact played out in the box-office figures with the film sitting tight as the third highest-grossing of all time.
Having assembled the cast in 2012’s film, this May will see The Avengers tuck into the main course of their story arc, as they enter the Age of Ultron while the battle of the seemingly omnipotent and omnipresent artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out the planet.
More of the impressive action Whedon demonstrated in the finale of the first movie, coupled with his trademark panache would seem to secure The Avengers 2 as a substantial box-office success – particularly since the other long-awaited superhero mash-up, Superman Vs Batman film has been pushed back to a 2016 release.
Also joining the showcase this year is The Fantastic Four, which will hit screens around August.
The definite article isn’t the only thing that separates this from 2005’s more colourful Fantastic Four, this reboot sees writer Simon Kinberg supplying the screenplay.
Following on from his work on Sherlock Holmes and last year’s X-Men film, we can be sure to expect a slightly more grown-up feel to be introduced to this story.
Rounding off a Marvel summer is the astonishing Ant-Man – Paul Rudd will take on the lead role as the diminutive hero.
Promising an equal amount of laughs and action, Ant-Man may be one of Marvel’s more fringe characters but may prove to be one of the studio’s most surprising treats.
From one set of risque costumes to another – Fifty Shades of Grey will undoubtedly follow on the success of the series of novels by making a considerable rise among the public this year.
After a relatively tame trailer caused outrage amongst conservative groups in the US, expect some “careful now” placards when it hits screens in spring.
Best to withhold judgement until the previews, but director Sam Taylor-Johnson proved she has incredible talent with 2009’s Nowhere Boy, so this may well prove to be a particularly wicked thrill.
Also looking provocative is George Miller’s new rendition of Mad Max starring Tom Hardy.
Miller, who directed the three original Mad Max films in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has gone on to direct kid favourites like Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet – it may be about as far away from a post-apocalyptic wasteland as you can imagine.
But Miller insists the several decades spent away from Mad Max hasn’t diminished his love for the character and promises to create a hard-edged new instalment that will live up to the originals.
Miller won’t be the only one with a hard act to follow in 2015 – the year that sees some old favourites return to cinema screens.
Set to open in June, Jurassic World sees the park finally open to the public, just as the lovely John Hammond envisioned, when the inevitable hybrid-dinosaur outbreak occurs.
Harkening back to the feel of the original, and with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard on board, Jurassic World looks set to offer a bit of nostalgic fun in the summer.
This year in cinema will inevitably be remembered for two short words – Star Wars.
Set to open in December, the latest instalment sees the cast of the original trilogy (even Warwick Davis) reunite in what promises to be the usual epic story of good and evil.
While the exact details of the plot remain a secret, we can trust all will be well in the capable hands of JJ Abrams, who successfully breathed new life in the Star Trek franchise in 2009.
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is looking set to be the cherry on top of what promises to be a stellar year of cinema.

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