Sci-Fi Fodder

Most Anticipated Movies of 2010

The Fandango movie site is currently running a poll that tracks the most anticipated movie of 2010.

Their writer seems to lean toward "Iron Man 2" and the Leonardo DiCaprio led "Inception", but the poll tells a slightly different story.

Here's the top 5, as of Monday:

  • Iron Man 2 (53% of the vote)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (16%)
  • Toy Story 3 (8%)
  • The Last Airbender (6%)
  • Robin Hood (4%)

The also-rans included "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (3%), "Shrek Goes Fourth" (2%), "The Green Hornet" (3%), "Inception" (3%) and "Predators" (3%).

The list is not too surprising, even though I personally won't be going to see the "Twilight" film (and will, by virtue of three kids, definitely see both the new "Toy Story" and "Shrek" installments). However, there are still a few things that stand out about the poll.

First, I am surprised they included "Robin Hood" at all! I know it stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett...but I am less than enthused about seeing the film. I suppose I might get sucked in when the trailers start flowing closer to its May 14th release date - but I am not holding my breath.

On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised by the strong performance of "The Last Airbender". Yup - the film that had to change its name because of "Avatar". I watched the cartoon with my oldest son - and I actually think I liked it more than he did. The story is pretty basic, but the characters are strong. I think this will be a sleeper hit, if the effects are up to par. This might just be M. Night Shyamalan's return to prominence, after a few misses.

Even so, Fandango's list of movies is seriously lacking. There are a ton of movies that will be better than 'Robin Hood" (or "Green Hornet", for that matter) that could have been included. For example, the end-of-the-year releases of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I", "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "Tron" were not included. Mid-year releases, "Jonah Hex", "Karate Kid" and "Thor" all were ignored.

A few spring releases were also skipped. "Alice in Wonderland" (opening on March 5th and starring Johnny Depp) and "How to Train Your Dragon" (opening March 26th) are both on my short-term viewing list. But, the upcoming film that I want to see the most is "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief".

I saw the trailer this weekend, and I have a feeling that it will be the next "Harry Potter" franchise. Like Potter, it is based on a series of adventure and fantasy books. Also like Potter, the main character goes to a 'special' school. However, this story is not about wizards - it's about the offspring of the gods.

Author Rick Riordan has already penned five popular "Percy Jackson" installments. The plot of "The Lightning Thief", which was the first book, centers around a young man who learns he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon and then is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt. It's directed by Chris Columbus, who coincidentally directed the first Harry Potter movie.

I foresee a few more "Percy Jackson" movies on the horizon. The movie opens February 12th - and I'll be there.