Following my brief 2009 film preview in today’s Edinburgh Evening News (hello if you’re new to the site) I thought I’d expand a little on my choices, also offering a glimpse at the trailers to save you googling for them all…
First up, and opening next week, is the feelgood sleeper hit Slumdog Millionaire. It tells the tale of young Jamal, a slum dweller in Mumbai who ends up in the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and who manages to get all the questions correct…but nobody can quite work out how…here’s the trailer:
The next biggie is likely going to be Frost/Nixon, which has Oscar written all over it. It recalls events in 1977 when disgraced US President Richard Nixon faced British interviewer David Frost in a televised discussion…as the trailer shows:
I also reckon The Wrestler is worth catching, though the lack of publicity this side of the Atlantic doesn’t inspire confidence in the marketing for it. Still with so much competition around it might kick-in soon. And it has a nice trailer:
Although legal wranglings are now putting its release date in doubt, the movie adaptation of Alan Grant’s classic Watchmen graphic novel should be stunning…or terrible. If the trailer is anything to go by then it’s the former:
Star Trek returns in May and has already caused consternation with the fanboys (and girls) with its reimagining of the franchise. Still, Star Trek died a death a few years back and nothing except a complete reboot will have much effect on new viewers. Have a look at the trailer to see what you think:
My final pick of the first few films of the year is the stunning Swedish vampire film, Let the Right One In. Set in a Stockholm housing estate in the middle of winter 1982, this has atmosphere in spades and is one of the most impressive films, horror or otherwise, that I’ve seen in the last few years. While there is a bit of gore in there, a quick glance away from the screen should be enough to spare many of the more squeamish viewers from feeling ill…see what I mean from this short glimpse:
Oh, I also mentioned that cinemagoers should avoid the abysmal Faintheart at all costs when it comes out in February. My review in the Evening News gives a bit more detail on why I disliked it so much, even though many in the audience seemed to love it. It’s just a pointless, soulless effort that does nobody involved any favours and I’ll refrain from adding a link to the trailer in a futile attempt at boycotting the thing.
If you’re still here then well done. I’ll be reviewing all the above in the coming months and I’d appreciate your thoughts on them too, either here or over on the Evening News site.