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Top 5 Movie Trends for 2013

By Edited Nov 15, 2013 6 3

2013 is going to be a big year at the movies, with a bunch of highly-anticipated films coming out. We count down the Top 5 trends for movies in 2013, including superheroes, remakes, 3D, the end of the world, and more!

Trend #5: 3D Everything

Watching 3D movies
3D techology continues to develop, and while reviews of the results are mixed, that isn't stopping the studios from pushing forward. Most of the new action and family films coming out this year are either filmed in 3D or are being converted to 3D after-the-fact.

But 2013 also brings us a number of 3D re-releases – old movies being converted to 3D and brought back to theaters. If you want to be nice about it, it's a way of seeing great films in a whole new way; and if you want to be cynical, it's a quick cash-in. Either way, 2013 will bring us the 3D re-release of some truly great films, and it is a chance to finally catch them on the big screen. There's Top Gun (February 8), Jurassic Park (April 5), The Little Mermaid (September 13), and Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (September 20) and Revenge Of The Sith (October 4).

Trend #4: The Twilight Effect

A still from the 2013 film, The Host

The final movie in the Twilight series came out in 2012, and, while some of us breathed a sigh of relief, the series' success is still having effects being felt in 2013's crop of movies. We have coming up several sci-fi, fantasty, and supernatural movies that show us a kinder, gentler, more romantic side of their movie monsters.

The Host (March 29) leads the pack, being an actual adaptation of a book by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. This one's about psychic aliens coming to Earth and invading the mind of a teenage girl. 2013 also brings us Warm Bodies (February 1), which hopes to do for zombies what Twilight did for vampires. And of course there's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22), the second instalment in that series.

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Trend #3: Superheroes To The Rescue

An image from the 2013 film, The Man Of Steel

Superhero movies are hardly new for 2013, but they are going strong, with a number of new entries in great film series.

After the events of The Avengers, 2013 gives us a chance to check in on two of the movie's characters. Iron Man 3 (April 26) introduces us to a new villain, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kinglsey, and will apparently borrow elements from the acclaimed Iron Man: Extremis comic; and Thor: The Dark World (November 8) sees Thor battling “a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself.”

Then, there's also Kick-Ass 2 (June 28) a sequel to the hyper-violent, foul-mouthed movie that adds Jim Carrey to the cast, and a solo X-Men movie, The Wolverine (July 26), which follows Hugh Jackman's character as he travels to Japan. But perhaps the most highly anticipated superhero movie of the year is Man Of Steel (June 14), the new Superman movie, which boasts Zack Snyder (of Watchmen and 300) as a director, and Christopher Nolan, who brought us the incredibly successful Dark Knight trilogy, as a producer.

Trend #2: Remakes, Sequels, and Fresh Takes

A still from the 2013 film, Oz The Great And Powerful

As with every year, there's a whole crop of new remakes and adaptations, but more and more we're seeing filmmakers taking the reboot route – starting over new and seeing if they can't make something a bit different. That happened a couple years ago with Star Trek, to great success, and 2013 brings us that movie's sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17). 

This year also brings us new versions of a number of children's stories, including a new telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack The Giant-Slayer (March 1), from director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects). Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead) tells us the origin story of the Wizard of Oz in Oz, The Great And Powerful (March 8), with the great James Franco in the lead role. And we also get a grown-up, butt-kicking version of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (January 25), with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Atterton.

There are also some movies for grown-ups that are getting in on the fun, with films being made of: The Great Gatsby (May 10), directed by Baz Luhrmann; Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (June 7), directed by the great Joss Whedon; and the sci-fi classic Ender's Game (November 1). This year also brings fresh takes on a pair of classic horror movies, with remakes of Carrie (March 15) and Evil Dead (April 12).

And then of course there's a huge crop of not-so-fresh takes, with a bunch of direct sequels coming in 2013: GI Joe 2: Retaliation (March 29), Iron Man 3 (April 26), Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17), The Hangover Part 3 (May 24), Monster University (June 21), Kick-Ass 2 (June 28), Despicable Me 2 (July 3), 300: Rise of an Empire (August 2), RED 2 (August 2), Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (October 4), Thor: The Dark World (November 8), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22), The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (December 13), and Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 20). Phew.

Trend #1: It's The End Of The World!

A still from the 2013 film, Oblivion

Well, we seem to have made it past the Mayan apocalypse in 2012 with the world intact, but we just can't seem to stop thinking about the end of the world! 2013 brings us a number of movies about the total destruction of humanity, and about what's left over afterwards.

We have movies about the monsters destroying the Earth, including the long-awaited adaptation of Max Brooks' zombie apocalypse book World War Z (June 21), starring Brad Pitt, and we have Guillermo Del Toro's giant-monsters-fighting movie Pacific Rim (July 12). Even the new Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) is about a man intent on destroying the world!

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Then there several movies that fling us far into the future, long after everything's gone terribly wrong. Tom Cruise plays the last man on Earth in Oblivion (April 12). Will Smith and son Jaden returning to Earth 1000 years after the apocalypse in After Earth (June 7). (Of course, After Earth is directed by The Happening's M. Night Shyamalan, so it's maybe best to be cautious about that one.) And District 9 director Neil Blomkamp brings us Elysium (August 9), which takes place in 2159, when the Earth is overpopulated and ruined, and those who can live in a spaceship orbiting high above the planet.

We even get a pair of movies that try to find the humour in end-times. This Is The End (June 14) sees Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and company playing themselves trying to survive the end of the world. And The World's End (October 25) is an apocalypse movie from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright, whose previous movies include the very funny Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.



Jan 11, 2013 12:15pm
Hi--As a person who has spent a great many years in and aout the movie/entertainment business, I can barely stomach much of the trendy stuff these day--I compare finding ironman lik e half a worm in an apple. Ifind the trend toward blood sucking zombies and monster movies about as entertaining as a tooth ache. Nevertheless, I like the writing of your report and so you get 2 thumbs from me and a rating.
Jan 12, 2013 7:00pm
Fantastic article. I can't wait for 2013's lineup of films. Pretty much everything on the list has my interest except for the 3D ports (especially the Star Wars movies, blech). I can't wait to see the new Superman, the Oz origin, the Giant Slayer take on J and the B, and really most things on the list. As a recent student of English literature, I'm very excited to see Much Ado as well. Always in the mood for some good ole Shakespeare : )

Good job covering the trends of 2013 and raising awareness for what probably will be a big year for movies. Thumbs up!
May 16, 2013 10:25am
3D-everything really turns me off. It's ok for some things (HOLY COW DID YOU SEE THE JURASSIC PARK 3D CONVERSION?!), but honestly it's too much and after a while I just find myself getting pulled out of a movie, rather than immersed (which is the point, right?).

This year I have gone to the cinemas only a couple times so far, and neither time was to see a movie in 3D. When all the movies are in 3D, it makes me want to NOT go to the movies.

But I must be in the minority opinion there, because apparently 3D is lucrative enough to be completely ubiquitous.
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