Most Anticipated Films of 2011 – Brandi’s Picks

Though I have nothing against the line-up of comic book films, big budget explosive sequels and such and the like coming along this year, most of the films I’m actively looking forward to in 2011 don’t fit that mold. Also, a lot of them don’t seem to be coming out until at least the second half of the year, if they have a release date yet at all. I will be spending many months waiting patiently for most the films I’m hoping will be the highlights of my movie year.

Jane Eyre — March 11
directed by Cary Fukunaga
screenplay by Moira Buffini, from the novel by Charlotte Brontë

The world probably isn’t crying out for another adaptation of this novel, but the cast, director, and visuals and tone on display in the trailer have me extremely ready to revisit this story. It seems like Fukunaga (whose one previous feature-length film is the wonderful Sin Nombre) might really hit the perfect sort of Gothic/romantic vibe to satisfy a huge fan of that genre and era of literature. Namely, me.

Battle: Los Angeles — March 11
directed by Jonathan Liebesman
written by Christopher Bertolini

On a completely different note, the same day Jane Eyre will be wondering what Mr. Rochester might be hiding, the citizens of contemporary Earth will be getting a rude awakening from above of their own. This film was really nowhere on my radar until the most recent trailer started making the rounds; now, I’m taking notice. You’ve got to love a trailer that can get you psyched over what sounds like a really been-there premise.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — July 15
directed by David Yates
screenplay by Steve Kloves
from the novel by J.K. Rowling

No one should be shocked that I’m incredibly excited for this film. Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is by far my favorite of the adaptations, and the second half of the novel is filled with the best action and most wrenching emotion of the saga. I fully expect seeing this at a packed midnight screening filled with adrenaline-fueled, cheering fans to be among the best movie-going experiences of my life so far. (And one of those moments I simply cannot wait to experience is, of course, Molly Weasley screaming those choice five words to Bellatrix Lestrange during the final battle…literal chills just thinking about it, people.)


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Brandi is one of those people who worries about kids these days not appreciating black and white films. She also admires great moments of subtlety, since she has no idea how to be subtle herself.

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