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Some Highly Anticipated Movies of 2013 in Singapore

Clueless about 2013′s movie offerings? Insomniac’s Lifestyle writer, Irina Tjahjana brings you in-depth into the hottest picks of the year ahead!

1. Iron Man 3

Tony Starks; genius playboy philanthropist billionaire. With dashing good looks and unbelievable intelligence, Iron Man has women all over the world swooning at his feet. Audiences around the world will be wanting more from the Iron Man series, and it finally comes in 2013 in the form of Iron Man 3!

The quality of recent superhero movies, particularly by Marvel, has been stunning. In 2011, X-Men First Class managed to hold a high, fresh rating among both critics and the audience, and somewhat filled the void left by the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine a few years back. More recently, in 2012, The Avengers achieved highest grossing movie of all time, and not because of the fact that the movie focused excessively on the physical appearances of Chris Evans and perhaps also of Scarlett Johannson, but also due to the solid storyline with great chemistry between the actors and actresses. Let’s hope that Iron Man 3 outshines two great predecessors!

2. Monsters University

Some of you may remember Pixar’s adorable 2001 movie titled Monsters Inc. Despite being in a world where monsters triumph and children are being “tortured”, there are many resemblances of a normal corporate world with much politics going on to reach the top. However, chaos ensues as a human child manages to enter the monster world of Sulley and Mike.

However, what exactly happens prior to this chaos? Monsters University is highly anticipated as it is a prequel to the popular classic,

and finally the audience is able to obtain more information about Sulley and Mike in college after approximately twelve years of waiting. Pixar has not been known for sequels or prequels; however, since Cars 2 hit the cinemas, there was much fear that perhaps Pixar would turn into another Disney which solely focused on the number instead of the quality of their new animated movies, especially for sequels. This generally resulted in low quality sequels for Disney movies, and it was only recently they made a comeback with fresh movies such as Tangled (2011) and The Princess and the Frog (2009).

Let’s hope that Pixar will deliver another movie that is more than superficial and will reach out to people of all ages, just like how Finding Nemo (2003) did. Monsters, Inc was phenomenal due to its quality, and hopefully Monsters University would be of the same cadre. It is quite sad that Boo is not around anymore, but maybe, just maybe, she will get a replacement someday. Monsters 3 in the future perhaps?

3. The Hobbit Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug

The Lord of the Rings series is possibly one of the most famous trilogies ever made; due to its epic fantasy quality that is very rarely found in many of the series found today. For example, The Hunger Games feels censored because the target audience is for young adults, and so lacks the grit and rawness of Battle Royale, of which many feel the famous teen series is copied from. However, the Lord of the Rings series has beautifully managed to convey Tolkien’s message of courage and bravery in the face of insurmountable odds and the idea of a deep-seated darkness prevailing over the world.

Eleven years afterwards, Peter Jackson finally released a prequel to the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Despite the fact that some audiences have not watched the Lord of The Rings, the first part of the Hobbit series has satisfied members of the public. Critics however feel that the pace is too fast, especially if compared with the original Lord of the Rings movies, of which each lasted at least three hours. Nonetheless, it completely irritates the audience in the sense that the ending ends off with a rather anti-climatic scene; however, it fits what Jackson wants: desire for more. He successfully persuades the audience to be tempted to watch the second part of the Hobbit series, where more epic battle scenes will definitely be shown, especially when it stars an unnaturally agile and healthy 73-year old Ian McKellan as Gandalf. Part two of the Hobbit will definitely be chock full of surprises.

4. The Wolverine

Fans and critics were extremely disappointed with X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) because the movie was just not up to the standard that they found in the original X-Men series. However, Hugh Jackman is back in The Wolverine, and he promises in an interview, a much grittier performance with more action and swiftness. This sixth installment of the X-Men series is based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, where Logan goes to Tokyo and encounters an interesting experience with a figure from his past. The notion of Tokyo itself reminds more mature audience of film noir, and perhaps America’s fascination of Japan and the latter’s exotic qualities.

Let’s hope that Wolverine does not just show his fangs, but something deeper within his personality. It will definitely be an action-packed movie focusing on Jackman’s attractive physical body and character, but it will be great if this attempt to remake the previous failed Wolverine movie focuses on his isolation and discovery of himself and his past. Surely, he must not have been just a “mere animal”, as what Colonel Stryker said in X-Men 2.

5. Thor: The Dark Worlds

The world has always been fascinated with Natalie Portman, a beautiful Harvard graduate born in Israel. Not only beautiful, she is classy and possesses admirable acting chops, especially in her recent movie Black Swan (2010). In the Thor series, she is not exactly the most important character with the most interesting personality as the focus is on Thor. However, her presence still entertains the audience in the sequel of Thor. Her character, Jane Foster, reunites with Thor in order to defeat a mysterious enemy that has been hinted in the ending of the first movie. It is a highly anticipated movie because now female fans are able to swoon over a new superstar that was hitherto unheard of – Chris Hemsworth. His fame has also recently increased because his brother Liam plays an important role in the Hunger Games series. With Chris’s charm and fabulous psychique, Thor: The Dark Worlds perhaps will not feel that dark to the audience, who are engrossed in their own fantasy worlds.

6. Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek into Darkness has been another favourite and is a sequel to the 2009 film, Star Trek. Despite the fact that sometimes modern superhero movies are not favoured by critics and audiences because of the constant comparison to the old versions, Star Trek managed to win much of the world’s attention due to solid performances mainly by Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Zachary Quinto, coupled with great and heartwarming battle scenes where they do not

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The sequel to Star Trek will be huge; some of the main cast will be back for a space adventure, but an additional villain of John Harrison will be present. Starfleet is in danger and the team has to come to its rescue. It is definite that there will be a happy ending, but we should hope that Star Trek into Darkness delivers a memorable experience to the audience, who is starting to want more than just an action-packed movie. It is not enough to create a thoroughly enjoyable cinematic experience. Zachary Quinto’s chemistry with Chris Pine has to be shown on screen even more often, so as to create more humorous conflict between the two opposing forces in character.

7. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games is not only famous throughout the United States; its influence also extends to many parts of the world due to its brutally sick notion of murdering other people for survival in a game set up by the government. It really feels like Twilight but in a dystopian setting. After all, the Hunger Games will probably be the next Twilight in town, with many people hating and loving it at the same time.

Despite having a relatively interesting storyline, the series has long been aimed at young adults and therefore seems relatively censored with very little dosage of gore and violence. The battle scenes are not memorable and the characters are generally quite uninteresting, especially if compared to other survival movies where there is much focus on characterization and how the game affects every single participant instead of just being biased and showcasing how a few people feel about it.

The first movie seems to only revolve in one game with not much twist and a predictable ending that is reminiscent of that found in Battle Royale (2001); the second movie hopefully will fulfill the Twilight need within our hearts to see a more obvious triangle love between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. In addition, perhaps the battle scenes will be more realistic and less merciful.

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Maybe now it is time for the participants of the Hunger Games to be literally on fire.

8. Despicable Me 2

Minions, minions, minions. Extremely cute and adorable; an escapism for us who long to abandon our lecture notes about extremely serious things – politics, sociology, literature – and act cute at the sight and sound of the infamous Despicable Me minions. The first installment in the series is extremely popular, with many people loving the minions for their role as, well, minions to the “villain” Gru. Despite not having much revealed regarding the storyline, it will definitely be a hilarious sequel full of surprising and interesting adventures that is an extension of what Gru had gone through with the children. This is another treat from Dreamworks, which recently made Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012), which was an extremely crazy adventure that has not been seen before in the Madagascar series. It is anticipated that Despicable Me 2 may also surprise the audience with witty dialogue and physically impossible scenes.

By: Irina Tjahjana

Editor: Cherie Anne Lian

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