The amount of films released in the cinema in any month can be anything from as little as six films, to possibly as many as 20 or more films. It’s always difficult to know which films are likely to interest you, and sometimes the most interesting films can have the smallest releases. Here are just some suggestions for January.
The Legend of Hercules: The first major action film of 2014. This American action film is directed by Renny Harlin, formerly of Die Hard 2 and more popularly, Deep Blue Sea. Known for creating fun action films that don’t require too much intelligence to enjoy, it is one of two Hercules movies scheduled for 2014. The premise will see the demigod son of Zeus betrayed by his royal step-father, and his battle to return from exiled slavery to depose the King. Hercules will be portrayed by Kellan Lutz, mostly known as Emmet Cullen in the Twilight films, and this could be his first major opportunity to headline a possible franchise. This is a film that could be tempting for audiences on a Wednesday, and a good fun movie for friends to watch together. Released on January 10th.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: An original reboot for the Jack Ryan series, formerly portrayed by Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, and Harrison Ford. This film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh, a surprising choice seemingly, but one he lobbied for. Branagh’s first real experience with action was Thor, which depicted the action scenes in a clean and concise manner, which is a good sign for this movie. The hope is likely to be that there will be a similar style to Sam Mendes and his work on Skyfall, as he was similarly a surprise choice for an action film. The lead role is Chris Pine, his second franchise after his strong work in Star Trek, who is backed by a collection of dramatically-capable actors such as Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and Branagh himself. With a mix of action, thriller, mystery and drama, this could be a compelling film for audience members, as well as tempting to fans of Chris Pine. Released for January 17th.
I, Frankenstein: An Australian-American fantasy film based on a graphic novel and adapted by the writer of the original (and best) Pirates of the Caribbean film, as well as the Tom Cruise-starring Collateral. This movie follows the creature of the original novel, now named Adam Frankenstein, as he becomes involved between two immortal clans (demons, and gargoyles). Despite the inclusion of Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Bill Nighy (Shaun Of The Dead) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), this film does seem mildly reminiscent of the Hugh Jackman movie Van Helsing, a slightly bloated and messy attempt at a new franchise. However, as the only option released on January 24th, it may be worth a watch.
That Awkward Moment: The first major romantic comedy of 2014, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) plays Mikey, who suffers an unfortunate break-up. His best friends, Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) make a pledge to stay single alongside him. This film shows what happens when Mikey’s friends fall in love, but wish to keep their promise. It’s a debut film from Tom Gormican, so pretty much every audience member will be going in to watch it blind, figuratively speaking. As the only new option for January 31st, choice is limited, but it may prove itself a welcome surprise.
January is a cold, wet, and sometimes unpleasant month, after the enjoyment of Christmas. However, there is always the warm comfort of the cinema for audiences to enjoy, and whilst not everyone shares the same taste, I’ve tried to be as varied as possible. I hope everyone finds at least something new to enjoy, and remember, Film is Unique, Unique is Magical, and Magic is Love.