Biggest movies of 2008

Link: The 50 Biggest Movies of 2008 | 2008 Movies Guide – Times Online.

This link has been sitting in my draft posts for ages, as I’ve been too busy to check out the actual article to see which movies the Times thinks will be biggest (in the UK) in 2008. For 2009, one assumes there won’t be many or any US movies because of the writers’ strike, so we will have to make the most of these. My favourite was the idea of Will Smith as Tony Hancock but a second glance made me realise I’d got the wrong end of the stick. Here are a few highlights (not many of which I’ll be actually going to see, but they look possible DVD rental material). If you go to the Times link above, you can click through to trailers and other info about each movie [descriptions below are from the Times site, not mine!]:

29: The Time Traveller’s Wife

After having been derailed by the Pitt/Aniston divorce Audrey Niffenegger’s ‘sci-fi for women’ finally reaches the big screen with Eric Bana as the man who can’t control his progress through time and Rachel McAdams as the girl who grows to love him anyway.

23: Burn After Reading

Clooney turns up again as part of an incredible cast assembled by the Coen Brothers for this tale of two losers who find a disk containing CIA secrets. As if that could ever happen.

22: Be Kind, Rewind

Michel Gondry’s next movie has the most original plot of the year, guaranteed. Jack Black’s magnetised brain erases every tape in his local video shop which leads to him re-making the classic films he has inadvertently destroyed.

15: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The second most popular instalment in CS Lewis’ Lion, Witch and Wardrobe series of fantasy novels, Prince Caspian will be the children’s movie most likely to please accompanying adults in 2008.

7: Hancock

Superhero comedies can be as knowingly funny as Mystery Men or as plain silly as Condorman. Hancocks’s secret weapon will be the perennially likeable Will Smith in the title role as a super-powered crime fighter who creates almost as many problems as he solves. 

6: Sweeney Todd

Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bohnham Carter conspire in a dark plot of pies and hairdressing. Spectacular somgs from Steven Sondheim are the icing on a wonderful, sinister, cake. [Already open in the UK, rave reviews (on the whole) and seems to be doing well.]

5: Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf pops up as the son of the world’s hardest-working archeologist in what must surely be the final Indy adventure.

3: Bond 22: Quantum of Solace

After a shooting schedule more secretive than the ageless super-spy, Bond 22’s title has finally been revealed.That doesn’t offer too many clues as to the storyline, but it looks as if the adversary from Casino Royale, Mr. White, is going to be replaced by a no less sinister Mr.Greene. The suggestion that it continues almost immediately from the end of Casino Royale, and in much the same vein, is all the advertising most movie fans will need.

2: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

The vast regiment of Potter fans will already know what they’re getting. Despite Guillermo del Toro’s pleas this instalment of the boy wizard franchise will be directed by David Yates, who everyone except Guillermo seems to agree made a decent fist of Order of the Phoenix. 

1: The Dark Knight

The hype machine is almost up to full speed now for The Caped Crusader’s next outing. Great notices for director Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and an irresistible trailer make The Bat the boy to beat in 2008. [Written before the sad news about Heath Ledger, another reason why the film will be a success. This is the first of the 30-plus online reader comments to the Times piece [also written before the event]: "The Dark Knight is without doubt gonna blow a lot of us away, not only will we have a darker and angrier Bale as Batman but Heath Ledger looks absolutely phenomenal as The Joker……". Even so, I doubt I’ll be seeing this one.]

6 thoughts on “Biggest movies of 2008

  1. An interesting list – I’d like to include the new “Star Trek” film on my hopes for 2008.
    Oh! If only Toro was directing the new Potter! I thought “Order of the Phoenix” was the dullest of the series!

  2. ” … in what must surely be the final Indy adventure. … ”
    As Rocky V was sure to be the final Rocky adventure and Rambo: The Final Adventure was sure to the the final Rambo adventure.
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  3. Oh, oh — I loved the novel “Time Traveler’s Wife,” and I’m delighted with the choice of Eric Bana for the lead. I like him infinitely more than Brad Pitt. Oh, yeah. And my 14-year-old son has told me about “Be Kind, Rewind,” which tells me it has internet buzz. He was one of the people who participated in the online lead-up to “Cloverfield,” an apocalyptic movie making a big splash here among 20-somethings and younger.

  4. Let me know what you make of Cloverfield, if you see it, Susan — I tried to get Cathy interested in participating in the internet “campaign” as she enjoyed Lost, but she wasn’t. I think the movie is coming out here relatively soon (though did not seem to be on the Times list).
    I haven’t read the Time Traveller’s Wife but Malcolm has — I think he felt it was well written and a good idea, but ran out of steam. The movie sounds interesting, though unless it is Viggo or Neil Pearson I am likely to be unaware/unmoved by the leading man 😉 (Actually, egged on by Karen M, I have become quite taken recently with Philip Glenister of Life on Mars and (apparently) Cranford – both TV rather than movies.)

  5. I just pre-ordered “Cranford” from Amazon — it’s going to cost me about $40, but I’ve heard so many good things, I really want to see it.
    And, yes, I have seen “Cloverfield.” Mark made us advance-order tix and we saw it on opening night. I thought it was a clever idea — everything captured via a camcorder used for a guy’s going-away party — and it was well-executed, but I didn’t think it would win any awards. But I am 47: Mark (14) and Alix (19) who saw it with her pals at university *loved* it. It speaks to their generation somehow. Everyone is wired (cell phones figure majorly), love, death, sex, drinking, and New York City are deeply entwined (all sites of fantasy for young Americans), and the cause of the disaster is a greedy corporation’s damage to the environment (this I found out from Mark, as the on-line lead-up explained lots of background info not actually *in* the movie).
    See it when it comes out and see what you think. But sit in the back of the theatre — like “The Blair Witch Project” there’s a jiggly camera which can make you feel sick if you’re too close.

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