Cinematic Crystal Ball 2009
The year 2008 comes to a close, ushering out a mostly fine year at the movie theater. This summer, Marvel’s Iron Man and DC’s Dark Knight duked it out in a giant-sized crossover for superhero supremacy. The winner? Moviegoing audiences, who got two great films. Pixar delivered another winner with the adorable WALL-E. Three-dimensional movies had their best year since The Creature from the Black Lagoon terrorized audiences back in the ’50s. Among the new, higher-tech wave of 3-D flicks: Hannah Montana, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Bolt. Sex and the City made the leap from the small screen and scored a $150 million payday, proving it’s not just teenage boys who buy movie tickets. And a rush of Oscar contenders packed December theaters with critical faves (Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Doubt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road).
But what will the year 2009 bring? What cinematic delights await us in that far-flung future world? Let’s take a gander.
The 3-D trend will continue (for better or worse) with a remake of My Bloody Valentine (January), Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (February), the CGI toon Monsters vs. Aliens (March), the horror remake Piranha 3-D, the horror sequel Final Destination: Death Trip 3D and a re-release of Toy Story in 3-D.
Remake fever rages on with the restyled slasher Friday the 13th (February), Disney’s amped up Race to Witch Mountain (March), a new version of The Taking of Pelham 123, an update of George Romero’s The Crazies (September) and Universal’s relaunch of The Wolf Man (November). TV shows get their own remake category with the sequel/prequel/remake/reboot of Star Trek (May), a comic restyling of the old Saturday morning Sid and Marty Krofft show Land of the Lost (June), live-action Dragonball Evolution (April), live-action G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (August) and CGI-animated Astro Boy (October),
Superheroes continue to fight the good fight with the highly regarded Watchmen (March) and the much-anticipated X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May).
Sequels, of course, remain popular as ever with Pink Panther 2 (February), Fast and Furious 4 (April), Crank 2: High Voltage (April), Da Vinci Code follow-up Angels & Demons (May), Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (May), Terminator: Salvation (May), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (July), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July), Saw VI (October) and--last and almost certainly least--Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (December).