December is a naturally slow time for cinema releases. The summer blockbuster hype has died down and our attention is instead turned to Oscar season over the next couple of months.
With that in mind, there are still some relatively “big” films coming out this month all wanting a share of the Christmas market, and as such gives us a relatively decent if not entirely thrilling month of films to look forward to.
Frozen, December 6th
Having already been released in the US, Frozen has proved somewhat of a hit. Taking in $93 million at the box office, and sitting pretty with an 8.1 rating on the IMDb, the latest Disney animation looks set to replicate similar form over here, and just in time for Christmas.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, December 13th
I have to admit that I never actually got round to seeing the first Hobbit movie. While I saw the entire LOTR trilogy at the cinema when they were released, I wasn’t able to make the time to see the start of the new prequel trilogy which began last year. The Desolation Of Smaug continues the story of The Hobbit and finds “The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.”
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, December 18th
No doubt the funniest film coming out this month, but can director Adam McKay and the Channel 4 news team bottle lightning twice? While the first Anchorman film was indeed a surprise hit in 2004, expectations are naturally higher for the sequel. Again starring Will Ferrell, The Legend Continues finds Ron Burgundy taking a role at New York’s first 24 hour news channel.
Pick Of The Month: 47 Ronin, December 26th
What better way to spend Boxing Day than with Keanu Reeves and a group of samurai’s who are out to avenge the death of their master? Directed by first timer Carl Rinsch, there is a lot riding on this film and a good opening week is very important. Despite the films detractors, I think 47 Ronin looks a good bet to be the final surprise of the year.