2009 has some of the most anticipated movies of the last ten years. Every year is exciting if you’re a movie buff and looking forward to new movies, but 2009 looks like it might be one of the best years for film in a long time. Every movie buff has their own idea of the most anticipated movies of 2009, but these are my five. They’re chosen because of director, actor, subject matter or screenwriter. All of them should be thrilling, all of them should be though-provoking, all of them should be interesting but, will all of them be successful?
Jennifer’s Body – If you loved Juno as much as I did, you’ll really want to watch out for this one. One of 2009’s most anticipated movies, written by Juno’s Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox, it’s a black comedy telling the story of a possessed cheerleader who decides to kill her classmates. If it’s anything like my favorite black comedy, Heathers, this one could turn out to be a cult classic. It also stars my favorite actress, Allison Janney.
Away We Go – American Beauty is one of my Top Ten Movies of all time. Director Sam Mendes, director of American Beauty, has a new movie coming out in 2009 called Away We Go. Away We Go stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, who are a couple waiting for the birth of their first child and who decide they need to live in a ‘perfect place’ for that child. So they pull up sticks and drive around the country looking for nirvana. Away We Go is billed as a comedy and, like Jennifer’s Body, also stars Allison Janney. The only drawback on this one I can see is that Dave Eggers wrote the script. Dave Eggers, in my opinion, is one of the most over-rated writers of the last 25 years, so it will be interesting to see if Away We Go proves me wrong.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Since discovering the Harry Potter books at the age of 39, I’ve been in love with Harry Potter and his world ever since. Most of the Potter movies are wonderful, one was pretty dismal, but they’re all usually cinematographically gorgeous so this one probably won’t disappoint in that vein. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince should have been released at Christmas so, by now, anticipation for this movie is at frenzied levels. Let’s just hope it joins the majority of the Harry Potter movies as an inviting, fun, magical and beautifully acted film and doesn’t join the one.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – This was Heath Ledger’s last movie (at least, the last one showing up on screen), so it may be popular just for curiosity’s sake. However, it’s also written and directed by Terry Gilliam, one of Britain’s craziest yet most talented directors and writers. Known for Monty Python and Brazil, Gilliam has one of the most unique minds around, so The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus should be a feast for the eyes and the mind. The movie also stars Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, who are apparently also playing the same role as Ledger (the only way to make the movie work after Ledger died before completing it).
The Lovely Bones – It will be very interesting to see how director Peter Jackson manages this one. The Lovely Bones is based on the book by Alice Sebold and tells the story of a teenager who disappears. The teenager narrates this book from heaven, as her family struggles with the realization she must be dead, but who killed her and where is her body? Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book but I am fascinated with how it’s handled on screen and, as Peter Jackson is one of my favorite directors, I’ve no doubt he’s probably done a wonderful job.
There are many movies coming out in 2009, but these are likely to be some of the most anticipated ones. James Cameron’s Avatar will also be on some people’s lists as well as Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island and Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. Whichever movie you’re waiting for, you’ve got to admit 2009 is looking particularly cool.