This past week has been a fantastic one for the promotional kick-off for a couple of highly anticipated films: The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, and Prometheus. The three films, together, make up the bulk of the movies that I'm most looking forward to so far. I don't usually get overly excited for trailers, but this week has been the exception. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftuxbvGwiU]
Of the three, Prometheus looks the best. Ridley Scott's Alien is one of my all-time favorite science fiction films, and I'm excited to see a return to the universe under Scott's control. From everything that I had heard of the film, it looked interesting. The first glimpses of footage, however, make it look like it'll be a great film. I certainly hope so: science fiction is a genre that should be handled properly, and that's not something that happens all that often these days.
The Dark Knight Rises is interesting in that it gives us the first real look at where the final Nolan Batman film will go. It should be an interesting film, especially following up The Dark Knight, and I'm eager to see where Nolan will take the story.
Finally, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey feels like a long-overdue reunion with an old friend. It's been an entire decade since the Fellowship of the Ring started off the fantastic Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the footage looks just like it should. Above all, Martin Freeman absolutely nails the younger version of Bilbo Baggins. More than just the footage though, I'm eagerly anticipating the eventual soundtrack for this film.
Of the three, Prometheus looks to be the most interesting, and of the three, it's got the best teaser: it gives us just enough of a look, a taste of the plot and some absolutely stunning visuals. *That's* the science fiction that I've been missing the past couple of years.
At the very least, I think that I'll be pulling out Alien, Lord of the Rings and Batman Begins over the holiday break.