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This list (as you may have judged by it's name) combines a wide array of true casting considerations, casting rumors, original role choices, and fan-favorite role choices.
Personally, it has always been a dilemma for me trying to imagine how things could've worked out with Tom Cruise as Iron Man, Hugh Jackman as James Bond, or Michael Jackson as Batman's Joker.Trust me, there are very surprising things that happened and I want to share it with all of you.
Some of the casting possibilities are interesting.Others are fun, insane, impossible, bland, better-than-the-original, thank-God-it-didn't happen.So please share your thoughts with me about what you think could've been better, or what you wish you've seen how it would have worked out.
Please note: These are by no means personal opinions, each of the listings here was in some way or another a true casting possibility.
Hope you enjoy it.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
A Weak Forgettable Thriller
Spoiler Alert A blunt disappointing American thriller, falsely advertised as an action.Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit fails miserably to benefit from its charismatic cast and promising director.It has its bright sides but it's far from satisfying for a Jack Ryan film.Tom Clancy must be cursing in his grave. After the great job Kenneth Branagh did on Thor, we expected him to helm the reboot of this troubled franchise to give something equal to a Bourne or Bond film.What we got instead is a poorly written thriller that sounds like something Schwarzenegger or JCVD would have done in their downfall eras. Branagh (the director) surprisingly directed a film that lacks the proper pacing and a suitable middle act.The script written by Adam Cozad , and rewritten by the great David Koepp is messy, non ambitious, weakly paced and full of plot holes (Why should they hire the newly recruited Ryan to face such a dangerous criminal as Cherevin, can't they just get an experienced agent ?).The music by Patrick Doyle is weak, unrecognizable within the film and by no means creative. The cast is the most prominent element in this feature.Chris Pine though an inferior comparison to Ford, Baldwin and Affleck but it wasn't his fault.The character wasn't strongly written to give him material of which he can build a three-dimensional role, and it's given very little time to develop.But Pine does great with what he has, and he made a good job portraying a character on the line between frailty and the ability,in addition to being a very charismatic hero.Cathy Muller didn't show anything new of Keira Knightley, and it made us feel that our beloved Elizabeth Swan was a second grade actress.It just wasn't a role that she could benefit from but it benefited from her due to her talent and star status.Kevin Costner was the real star of the film as the veteran agent Thomas Harper, he stole the scenes and gave us a great mentor to Ryan.I will be looking forward to see him play the role again in the John Clark film Without Remorse (and hopefully Tom Hardy will play Clark).Branagh (the actor) played the villain Victor Cherevin so amazingly well that it makes it impossible to believe that this incredibly talented person is the faulty director of this picture.With a trend of portraying foreign characters, he played this Russian mastermind perfectly and very much convincingly, and his death scene is the most remarkable scene in the film.The supporting cast hasn't done much to speak of except for Nonso Anozie who excelled as the Ugandian henchman/assassin Embee Deng, and gave us a good fight scene with Ryan. The action is surprisingly few in this film.Aside from the Ryan and Embee fight scene and the climax in the end, the film is more of a crime-thriller.Many parts are boring and elongated needlessly.Plot holes and errors are scattering all around the running time.And it's overall forgettable once you're done with watching it. Rating 6/10 just for the sake of its cast.I hope Branagh makes a better job with the upcoming Cinderella.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The Best X-Men Movie
A screen extravaganza that we long waited for.X-Men: Days of Future Past, adapted from the Uncanny X-Men storyline of the same name, is about the mutants being in a dystopian future where they are wiped out by the Sentinels which are huge robots that are superior to them and have the ability to replicate their powers.They have to send Wolverine back in time (a la Terminator) to prevent Mystique from an act that caused the creation of the Sentinels and thus creating an alternate universe in which the last 50 years in their lives are altered (a la Star Trek). The film is superior to every other feature in the franchise on every aspect.Bryan Singer is back with a style of originality and creativity.The script by Simon Kinberg is very well paced and structured.The production design by John Myhre and set decoration by Louise Mingenbach are great.And John Ottman's score refreshes our memory with the old themes of the original trilogy and providing new terrific ones such as Hope (Xavier's theme). The ensemble cast of the film was a great eye candy especially for the devoted fans,and easter eggs were thrown by the characters at every chance possible (Quicksilver remarking that his mother knew someone who could do stuff like Erik).Hugh Jackman as Logan, arguably the main protagonist of the franchise, gave yet another down-to-the-bone characterization of the Wolverine.It was exciting to see him carrying such a life-threatening responsibility on his own. James McAvoys made a brilliant work as young Xavier with a performance drastically different from First Class, this alcoholic hairy desperate Professor X is unquestionably a new treat to the viewers.Fassbender is the same old Fassbender as Erik but I really believe that his role was a little bit overshadowed in this one, but he did an excellent job overall.Jennifer Lawrence excelled as Raven in the evolution of her character to emerge as Mystique , but the heavily CGI-based make-up didn't quite feel convincing as Rebecca Romijn's authentic one in the original trilogy.Nicholas Hoult was the perfect sidekick as Hank McCoy but didn't do much as Beast. But it was Peter Dinklage as Trask and Evan Peters as Quicksilver who stole the show.Dinklage, though an inferior villain to the mutants, was a very great threat as the cunning arrogant inventor, and Quicksilver's slowmo sequence accompanied by Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle is the most memorable part of the film.Josh Helman was amazing as young Stryker and though his role was comparably small, he did it with grace.It was great to see back Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart (who gave his best Professor X performance) and you'd wish to see more of them.Also in addition to bringing back Shawn Ashmore as the now mature mutant leader Iceman, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde who is the connecting gear of the plot and Daniel Cudmore as Colossus.And also introducing interesting new characters such as Blink portrayed by Bingbing Fan and Omar Sy as Bishop.But there were a few letdowns: Cutting down most of Storm's role due to Halle Berry's pregnancy (she has only one line of dialog and 30 seconds of action), cutting Anna Paquin's role down to a mere cameo of Rogue with Bobby in the very end, and I was personally disappointed that Lucas Till had only a small cameo as Havok, I wished he could have a more significant role.We were compensated with surprising awesome cameos of Famke Janssen as Jean and James Marsden as Scott that even topped Jackman's cameo in First Class, and also a blink-and-you-miss-it moment of Kelsey Grammar as Beast. The action sequences were well choreographed, and edited perfectly to seamlessly flow with each other.You can hardly feel distracted when jumping from the future to the past, and it's a huge suspense when you could see how an action in the 70s could affect directly the protagonists in 2024. Overall, the film is nearly flawless and hits all the right points.Hold on till after the credits for a pacing scene to the next installment.By far the best X-Men film, rating 9/10