As American movie studios rush to get their last batch of award-material films into theatres and Bollywood wraps up a rollercoaster year with a bang, December 21st is slated to become D-Day. Given my druthers, I’d like to see all of these (with a couple of exceptions) – and I probably will, come to think of it – but here’s my list in order of preference:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Johnny Depp is a singing, vengeful barber whose grisly hobby gives a shot in the arm to his landlady’s (Helena Bonham Carter) flagging meatpie business. Here’s my earlier post.
Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Om Puri star in this Aaron Sorkin-written, Mike Nichols-directed dramedy about a bumbling US Congressman who fuels the Taliban movement in 1980s Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. As the tagline says: “Based on a true story. You think we could make all this up?” There is, of course, always the fear that this could end up as a huge turkey – look what befell the Tom Cruise-Meryl Streep-Robert Redford movie Lions for Lambs, for example – but I have hopes for this movie because A) I like politics, B) I like Sorkin and C) the one thing Sorkin isn’t, is boring. And yes, I’ve seen Studio 60 a.k.a. Why Doesn’t Kristen Chenoweth Love Me Anymore, Goddammit? The entire season of it. So there.
Taare Zameen Par – I want to love this movie but… I don’t know. Everything about it feels more like obligation than a pleasure. The promos and the write ups seem to follow this line of thought: I like Aamir Khan + he makes good movies – therefore I’m now contractually obligated to watch his directorial venture about kids with special needs. Special needs, people! How can you be against a movie about kids with special needs? Or is it just kids who hate school? It’s a bit difficult to tell. Unless hating school is now a special need. And that clip of Aamir dressed up as a clown and, well, clowning around with the kids – it just tries too hard. And every Aamir fan on the planet knows that he doesn’t need to do that. Sigh. I really hope I’m wrong and this movie turns out to be one of those rare, special little movies that doesn’t sound like anything much on paper but turns out to be a complete and utter joy. Fingers crossed but this is one of those flicks where I won’t go the theatre without reading a review or two.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Did you love Talladega Nights and Superbad, not to mention Knocked Up? In that case you probably don’t want to miss this R-rated Judd Apatow-produced, John C. Reilly starrer. It gets fourth place because it doesn’t have any kids with special needs in it. It does however have adults with special needs in it – like drugs and alcohol.
Welcome – Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal make a funny movie. Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Feroze Khan (!) join in. Katrina Kaif looks pretty. Mallika Sherawat plays a vamp. In other news, the sun rose this morning and the sky is still blue. Good to know. I’ll get the DVD or something.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Why? Just… why?
P.S. I Love You – Here is the reason why National Treasure came second last instead of dead last. It was a really good try to squeeze in some Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gerald Butler but unless the movie shows us some of that red carpet action, I’m really not interested. But I promise, I’ll take a good look at the standee if I pass it in the lobby of some multiplex.