There is a massive problem that plagues the movies of this summer. Only ONE movie I have seen this summer warrants a purchase. That would be Iron Man 2, and that's only for collections sake. Iron Man 2 must also be counted as a below par movie. Not that it was bad! It wasn't! It's been the best thing I have seen so far this summer. But at the end of the day, it was NOT better then part 1, it did not improve on part 1. The problem with Iron Man 2 is that it was largely without a proper story arc, and it was muddled during it's entire middle sequence. The movie is basically trying to buy up time in between the first attack from Mickey Rourke's character, and his second attack towards the end. The reason the movie is still good and well worth seeing is due to the cast. This is a movie saved completely by it's brilliant cast. Every actor in the film radiates charisma and confidence and each one is fascinating to watch, especially when interacting with eachother. Even the beautiful, and stale Scarlett Johansson pulls off a fantastic, scene stealing performance. Then of course there is Robert Downey Jr. who is a walking ball of charisma. He is not capable of ever being boring. So the cast saved Iron Man 2, It remains the best movie of the summer thus far, but it could EASILY be toppled. The fact that it hasn't been is proof perfect of how shitty this summer is.
Robin Hood was a nicely made film, however it is largely pointless. The origin of Robin Hood simply is not nearly as interesting as his life during Robin Hood. You can feel this at the very end when he actually becomes Robin Hood, and the movie feels as if its just about to begin...only to end. Prince of Persia is a well done, fun video game movie, but it offers nothing new or worth running out of your house to go see. It's worth a rental. My thoughts on The A-Team you can read below. Again, not worth the theatrical trip. This has been the problem. There is simply NOTHING worth leaving the house to see. I go because I live exactly next door to a theater, I have nothing else to do, and it's relatively cheap. Plus I am a movie buff, my curiosity is more then enough sometimes. I have only seen THREE movies this year that I will purchase, and only ONE o fthem is because I absolutely LOVED the movie. Iron Man 2 I am buying because it was good enough to fill out the collection and stand next it Iron man. How to Train You Dragon I am buying regardless for my nephew. I am hoping the blu-ray comes in a combo back with the standard DVD. Mind you, it was a beautiful movie, and well worth owning, so I wont feel bad at all buying it. Kick-Ass is BY FAR the best film i have seen this year. It is the ONLY movie I have seen this entire year where I have walked out of the theater completely satisfied and literally jumping up and down over how excellent it was. I had that reaction at least 10 times last year walking out of a theater. This year, just Kick-Ass.
The problem is this summer is stuffed with sequels and worst of all remakes and reboots of things nobody wanted to even see rebooted or remade. The Karate Kid remake is actually a hit movie, and that's mainly because it marketed itself towards the YOUNG audience, rather than adults who grew up on the original. Very wise, seeing as the younger crowd has likely never seen the original. The trailers also wisely made the movie look more serious than it probably is. Still, I DID grow up with the original, and a remake doesn't interest me. I'll netflix it.But it's an unexpected hit for hollywood, and EVERYTHING else, including Iron Man 2, has fallen well short of expectations. Hell, most of them, except for Iron Man 2 and Shrek 4, can even be considered flops, since they didn't even reach production costs. It's just a boring ass summer without anything that anybody really wants to see.
This weekend should change that, at least for a week. Toy Story 3 is coming out. Yes a sequel, but it's Pixar and they have a perfect track record. Plus, they wisely took into account the fact that the people who grew up with the original are now adults, so they balanced the story to appeal to both that crowd, as well as children. Given the early reviews, all of which are raving about how good the movie is, Toy Story 3 seems to be the first film of the summer that beats out expectations. Then it's back to blandness, at least until Inception comes out.
Inception is the latest film from Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. This movie is getting huge hype and positive buzz. Why? Because it is the ONLY film coming out this summer, literally the ONLY one, that looks ORIGINAL. Mind you, it looks outstanding. But the fact that it isn't a sequel or a reboot or remake of anything has people giddy about it. That's how bad shit is this year.
The only other gems due out this summer appear to be Predators, This one spearheaded by Robert Rodriguez, who decided to make a flat out sequel to the previous movies instead of erasing them and starting over. In this movie, a group of human mercenaries, soldiers and killers are kidnapped and dumped on a desolate planet, only to be hunted by various Predators. It looks dark, gritty, and seems to capture what made the original Predator movies so much fun. Also to watch for, The Expendables. A greatest hits collection of aging action stars all stuffed into one movie. This looks to do right what the A-Team couldn't. Instill some originality in the brainless material.
Other then those, there are no sure things. There are no films worth running out of the house for, and there is nothing left that I wont go see only due to boredom and curiosity. That's sad, 4 movies. Out of the entire summer, only 4 movies that I REALLY give a shit about. This time last year, I had 4 of the best movies of the year already watched, and plenty more left to come, including the brilliant District 9 and Inglorious Basterds.
Terrible, terrible summer. Next Year seems to be shaping up to have the OPPOSITE problem. Too many things stuffed all around each other, and all promising to be huge, bang for your buck movies. This includes two Marvel hero movies, a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, an X-Men prequel, a Planet of the apes prequel, a new alien romp from J.J. Abrams, another fast and the furious movie, the long awaited Green Lantern movie, sequels to The Hangover and Transformers,and Pixar's Cars 2. ALL of these come out within 2 months. Literally. ALL OF THEM come out between May and June. The fascinating thing wont be the movies, it will be seeing which ones are hits, and which ones crash and burn due to overpopulation of supposed blockbusters. Of this, I want to see the two Marvel films, Thor and Captain America. I have really enjoyed what Marvel has done with it's own properties since making the movies themselves, and the set up they got going for the Avengers movie is actually working out FAR better then I expected. Thor especially seems like an interesting movie. the X-Men prequel I ONLY give a shit about because it is surrounded by quality. Original X-men director Bryan Singer came back and re-wrote the story, so that it focused exclusively on how Xavier and Magneto met, became friends, then become rivals, as opposed to the original story where it was Twilight with mutants. He isn't directing though, KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn is. That alone guarantees it goes in my top ten must see movies of next year. Now let's see how FOX ruins it! Cars 2 of course I want to see. Green Lantern seems interesting only because its the first time Warner Bros. can make a movie out of a DC comics character that isn't named Superman or Batman. The Hangover 2 I'll see, same with Transformers 3, even though the second one nearly ruined my brain, The last Harry Potter film also comes out that summer, but it's in mid July and not surrounded by this chaos. The Abrams alien movie will probably be the only original thing hitting that summer, so i'll see it. I have little to no interest in anything else including another tired Pirates movie. The third one was nearly unwatchable. So that's that. It will AT LEAST be a more eventful summer then this horrid one. I'm just counting down the days until Inception comes out. Then I'll just stop counting cause that'll be it for this summer. Hopefully it's good, but given it's current competition, it won't even have to try that hard at all.