Christmas Movies 2010 – Guide20.11.10 # Christmas Movies # 15 Comments
Let’s have a look at the movies on wide release over Christmas 2010. As festive seasons go, it’s shocking to find there’s nothing coming out that’s Christmas themed. Previous years have had at least one flick that did great business despite being pants. Did Santa die or something?
Anyway, here are the biggest and best movies of Christmas 2010.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter
Director: David Yates
Alfonso Cuarón wanted back in, Guillermo del Toro expressed interest, but David Yates got to stay on and direct the final two instalments in the Harry Potter series. Part One is described as a road movie, with Hogwarts hardly seen, for the first time. Having an extra hour and a half to adapt one novel means it should be closer to J.K.Rowling’s version than ever before, but it could also mean it plays a little slower, especially as the three leads are on their own for much of the time. The movie will break box office records this weekend, it’s already grossed $25m just in advance ticket sales. Expect this to be packing them in until Christmas Day.
- Wednesday 24th November -
Starring: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Cam Gigandet. Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell
Director: Steven Antin
Christina Aguilera plays a small-town girl with a big voice who heads out to LA and happens across The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue. Cher (who hasn’t aged a day since 1985) plays the club’s proprietor and headliner. Kristen Bell is Aguilera’s rival. Expect a camp spectacular. The trailer makes it look like a big ego trip for Aguilera – the moment where she sings for the first time is hilariously ridiculous.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, Moon Bloodgood
Director: George Tillman Jr.
An ex-con (Johnson) is out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist 10 years ago. Meanwhile there’s a veteran cop (Thornton) on his trail. Dwayne Johnson has much untapped potential and urgently needed to get away from Disney family movies. The plot here doesn’t inspire, but it’s great to see The Rock back doing action.
Love And Other Drugs
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad
Director: Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick, lifelong director of wartime epics (The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall etc) is doing this. Why?? Plastic face Gyllenhaal plays a hotshot in the world of pharmaceutical sales who meets his match in a free spirited woman (Hathaway). Despite initially hating each other, they soon discover that love is the ultimate drug. Judging from the trailer this is ‘romantic movie 101′, even down to the slobby best friend who’s meant to be ‘the funny one’ – Is this all Notting Hill’s fault? P.S. Gyllenhaal’s theory at the beginning makes absolutely no sense.
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Disney’s 50th animated feature is based loosely on the German fairy tale Rapunzel. A long-haired Princess has spent her entire life locked up in a tower, but when she encounters a passing bandit she takes the opportunity to venture into the outside world for the first time. The directors made Bolt, one of Disney’s funniest movies of recent times. Tangled is described in the press notes as a ‘musical’, but they’re keeping the songs well hidden. Looks pretty amusing as far as I can tell.