As Hollywood now seems to be officially bereft of any original ideas or inspiration, it’s not surprising that musicals have returned to prominence. With the movie adaptation of Les Miserables slated for release later this year following on from the current Rock Of Ages movie, 2012 is shaping up to be quite a musical year for cinema.
With that in mind, here is a selection of the very best films inspired by musical theatre (in no particular order!). If I’ve missed any of your favourites out be sure to let me know in the comments below.
By now you should have heard that Bryan Singer is on board to direct the next X-Men film First Class, adapted from the comic-book series of the same name, and it has now been reported that writer Jamie Moss is on board to pen the screenplay. It’s hard to predict whether he’ll be a good choice or not because the only release he has ever been responsible for was Street Kings, and whilst managing to make Keanu Reeves look adequate, one film isn’t a good enough marker for me to judge by. If you want me to predict the film’s IMDB score right now, I reckon it will hit a 6.6. If it’s more, I’ll be happy. If it’s less, then I’ll never watch a Keanu Reeves movie again. Win-win, and unrelated, I’m so sneaky.
I think we can all agree that Jon Favreau’s Iron Man was one of those rare adaptive triumphs and so it comes as no surprise that the trailer for Iron Man 2 looks similarly amazing. Mainly focused on Mickey Rourke’s inception as the fearsome villain Whiplash, we are also treated to welcome glimpses of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Don Cheadle as War Machine. Whiplash’s electric weapons look particularly menacing, although a bit limiting, so it will be interesting to see how he develops as a threat to Stark. It all comes across as very dramatic anyway and thanks to a rather booming soundtrack, makes me tingle when I watch it.
I’m going to be honest, I don’t think Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland looks very good (somebody will kick me in the nuts for saying that). It may be packed with the wonderful talents of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry and Crispin Glover, to name but a few, but all the CGI looks a bit crappy and there doesn’t seem to be anything in the trailer which really makes my eyes wide and my pulse race. It makes me go, ‘oh, another Tim Burton film…’. I’m sure it’ll end up being pretty good, but all the hype is really quite annoying. One day I’m going to take acid and make a film where everything is a bit too large and flamboyant, everyone had better worship me then too.
Lord of the Rings is finally coming out on Blu-Ray. No longer will we have to endure up-scaled visions of Mordor and Rivendell on our huge plasma screens, because come April 6 we will be enjoying them in 1080p; an experience that I can only imagine will be nothing short of biblical. There’s no indication as to what kind of extras will be packed on to the 9 disc boxset yet, but it has been stated that this particular edition will contain the theatrical versions of the trilogy, with the extended cuts to follow on a later release. I guess we can’t have it all, but god dammit, when this comes out I’m getting my piece of the pie.