December is fast approaching and is by far one of the best months of the year. With Christmas on its way, it is only fair that we are given some great movie releases. Considering the festivity, there aren’t many Christmassy movies. Instead we have a few remakes and additions to current franchises. Without further ado, here are my top movie releases for December.
Side note: Now just to warn you, I will not be including the Star Wars: The last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) in this list as I am not a Star Wars fan. I have nothing against the films but I wouldn’t be very good at hyping it up due to the fact that I have only seen one. In case you wanted to know it’s out 15th December 2017.
Downsizing (Alexander Payne, 2017)
Release date: 22nd December.
In an attempt to overcome overpopulation people undergo the irreversible procedure to become miniature. You live in a miniature world, in miniature mansions. You are downsizing. However, the world outside of this miniature bliss is still the normal size, allowing for massive vodka bottles and other such luxuries. It seems like the perfect scenario. I mean this literally. From all the promotional material, there seems to be no downside. Downsizing seems like a really good hearted movie with an interesting and utopia like premise, a nice comedy that doesn’t use crude comments, drugs and alcohol to give the audience a good laugh. Nevertheless, with any film, there is always a challenge to put a damper in people moods. The fact that this conflict has not been hinted could either mean that we have a surprise to look forward too or bad plot development but it would need a watch to find out. I am looking forward to seeing where the film takes the story. In addition, I want to see how Christian Wiig and Matt Damon are as a married couple. Wiig is defiantly a comedy actor, suggesting a comedy/ feel good with elements of Science Fiction. With feel good movies, they don’t usually have a fantasy sci-fi plot so again, I am keen to see how Alexander Payne and the great cast pull this off.
Pitch Perfect 3: (Trish Sie,2017)
Release date: 22nd December.
This year we are given another pitch perfect. From the promotional material (I say that as if I didn’t just watch 1 trailer and make a deduction) it is obvious that they are recycling the same old plot line. The Bella’s entre into a competition against ‘better musicians’ but these acabitches have a unique sound and could probably win, despite the doubt of everyone else. I mean when people say ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’ I don’t think they were referring to plots of a movie series. I just want some originality, is it too much to ask for! They better bring it if they want a happy audience and good reviews from critics. Despite all of the repetition, I am still going to watch it as soon as it comes out. Like the past 2, I am really only in it for the songs. I love me a musical. I can excuse the same old and the questionable jokes just to hear Anna Kendrick sing. Let’s just hope the soundtrack is amazing. Nevertheless, the film does look quite funny and will probably stick to its less than serious tone that we all enjoy. I just hope that they can match up to how good the first film was. Only time will tell…well only a watch will tell.
jumanji welcome to the jungle (Jake Kasdan, 2017)
Release date: 20th December
OK, when I first heard that there was going to be a new Jumanji, my inner child was screaming with excitement. I grew up on the original and the thought of seeing the board game up to its normal antics was a great addition to 2017. Then I was hit with the knowledge that they were straying away from the 1995 version and turning Jumanji into a video game. Criminal! BUT, when they finally released the trailer, I had the realisation that this film is going to be amazing…different but amazing. We finally get to see inside of the infamous jungle of Jumanji. Action packed, jungle themed gaming with a lot of humour would be the best way to sum up what the film is about. It’s not often that I laugh at a trailer and can’t wait to watch all the kick ass action at the same time. The idea of a group of teens trapped inside game avatars that have special abilities that do not match their personality in any way is funny enough. However, mixing it with the unrealistic nature of video games and the wild personality of the jungle, we have a recipe for a hit. I mean seeing Jack Black pretend to be a basic bitch is defiantly not an element of a series film and will 100% be the highlight of Jumanji. It is clear that Into the Jungle is an action comedy and judging by the trailer they have pulled it off. However, we all know that trailers are not always reliable so I can’t wait to see it. Despite this, all the tropes are showing. The cast alone are enough to hint a comedy genre. The Rock, Kevin Heart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black are an awesome mix. Just let the film be out already!!