A whole wave of exciting new trailers have been flooding in recently, and there’s a lot to be ready for in the months to come. I’ll give you a run through of what you should be ready for this year:
SPRING BREAKERS – 5th APRIL
Spring Breakers appears to be a stylistic film of some variation, with an odd cast, and what seems like an even odder plot. James Franco stars in an usual role, playing a drug/arms dealer who bails out four college girls after they’ve been arrested for robbing a restaurant. His intentions aren’t exactly saintly however, as he looks to use the girls for his own destructive pursposes. Also cast are Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine. It does look like it would be a decent film, but it also looks like a film that cares more about chaotic fun than it does about making much sense. I wouldn’t expect much in the way of a strong storyline, but I’d still say it’s worth a watch – even if it’s just to enjoy an hour and a half of Franco goofing around with his role, or to admire the strong female presence.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES – RELEASE DATE TBC
Now here’s a film that should be hotly-anticipated. The Drive team of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling pair up again for another film, and this time they’re moving away from the States, all the way to Bangkok. With Drive as the only point of reference (until the trailer’s release), it’s safe to say that there are some pretty strong forces behind this film. It’s going to be more violent than Drive, and I’m counting on that as being an achievement. In Refn’s hands, I’m comfortable saying that the violence and gore will be good in taste; measured and stylistic.
THE WOLVERINE – 26th JULY
Wolverine’s a film that’s been a while in the making. If you don’t count the 2009 X-men Origins film (which you shouldn’t) then this is the characters first standalone film. Okay, well that’s not strictly speaking true, but it should be the first Wolverine film to nail it in the head, as the expression goes. Origins was too child-friendly, it took a safe approach with a character who’s meant to be deadly, a real force to be reckoned with. I hope this year’s release is a more faithful depiction, and I trust that it will be. At least with the new setting, in Japan, there’s already a fresh angle to consider. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed this time around…