What time are we talking about? Summer movie season of course! As has been the tradition on my blog, I will try to sum up the major movies that will be coming out this Summer so you can plan accordingly if you are a movie-goer. As Iron Man 2 comes out tomorrow, I am officially declaring it the start of the Summer movie season!
Iron Man 2 - Hopefully I don't have to explain this one. The first movie rocked and EVERYONE I have asked thinks the exact same thing. Plus, as the big comic geek that I am, it has that added appeal. But will it suffer the same fate as Transformers 2 and have such high expectations and end up being a letdown? Well, initial reviews tend to lean towards, it is not as good as the first one, may be a little too much, but is still good and entertaining and doesn't have the same letdown that Transformers 2 brought. Normally, I would see this opening day, but I leave for a bachelor party tomorrow and it will have to wait for next week.
Robin Hood - I am a big fan of Robin Hood movies: the Disney version, the Costner one, and even Robin Hood:Men in Tights. Now Russell Crowe is back in kick ass mode and Ridley Scott is directing. How could it NOT be good, right?! I think this will rock.
Shrek Forever After - Man, I find these movies so unfunny and actually, pretty damn annoying. And now there is a 4th one coming along to torment me. This will make a lot of money, but not any of mine.
MacGruber - Wow, this looks horrible. A MacGuyver parody based on a Saturday Night Live skit. I have seen a couple of the skits and find them to be as funny as genocide. They suck. Somehow, people like them and this was created.
Sex and the City 2 - God.....
Prince of Persia - Jake Gyllenhaall in the title role based on the video game. This actually looks pretty damn fun, like the first Mummy was with cool special effects and a ton of action and all produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. I think this is going to do pretty damn well.
Marmaduke - I honestly didn't even know they were making this. This is a live action movie based on the comic strip with Owen Wilson as the voice of Marmaduke. Oh dear. And yet, kids will go see that.
The Karate Kid - Jackie Chan and Will Smith's boy remake the 80s classic. This is a bad idea and when I saw the preview, my suspicions were confirmed. Rumor has it, this movie was created because the Smiths were watching the original, and Will said to his son, "You do karate, you should totally remake that." And because Will is a movie god, the movie was created. Ehh....
A-Team - Now THIS is a remake I CAN get behind. Based on the 80s tv show that was cheesy to begin with, this movie looks like mindless Summer movie action. And unlike the Karate Kid, I think they recasted everyone correctly. This could work.....or it could bomb horribly.
Toy Story 3 - The new sequel to the great Pixar films. The first two were great and Pixar doesn't make bad films. I don't see how this could not be wonderful!
Knight and Day - Action/comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Looks kind of like Mr. and Mrs. Smith which I loved so maybe this has potential. As wacky as Cruise is, I usually really dig his movies.
Grown Ups - A comedy starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Ron Schneider, Kevin James, and David Spade as former kid friends who reunite at some Summer camp. It could be hilarious or it could end up being a letdown. Based on the trailers, I am leaning towards letdown, but hoping for the best.
Twilight: Eclipse - Good book, but mostly likely, a HORRIBLE movie based on the first one (I skipped the second one.)
The Last Airbender - Live action movie directed by M. Knight based on a Nickelodeon cartoon. Truthfully, it actually looks kind of good. I won't be seeing it in the theaters, but I have a guess that a LOT of other people are going to.
Predators - This is Predator movie produced by Robert Rodriguez. That alone had me sold. Then I saw the trailer and it got that much more exciting. This looks friggin' kick ass! I also dig the idea of Adrian Brody as an action star. Yes, this is the Predator movie I have been waiting for for a LONG time!
Despicable Me - Cartoon film about a super villain whose plans to pull off the world's biggest heist and then suddenly has to watch over three orphaned girls. The little snipits of the movie that they have shown look pretty funny so I think this will do pretty well.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - A Jerry Bruckheimer produced film where Nick Cage is a very old magician who is looking for his apprentice, as the title implies. Roughly based on the Fantasia scene with Mickey, this actually looks pretty decent, with plenty of action and family entertainment. Might do pretty well.
Inception - One of the most highly anticipated, yet, closely guarded films of the Summer. Directed By Christopher Nolan and starring an all star cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, this sci-fi-ish film has the potential to be the biggest movie of the Summer of it could flop because nobody understands what it is about. It is really hard to say at this point because even the plot of the movie has been kept under a tight wrap. This will be one to keep an eye on.
Dinner for Schmucks - Comedy with Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. Those names alone will put some butts in the seats and it does look fairly amusing. Read the plot and tell me this won't be funny. "The comedy “Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancée, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry (Steve Carell) – an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas – and quickly realizes he's struck idiot gold." This could be really good.
Salt - Angelina Jolie is a former spy who is on the run after being accused of something she didn't do. Part thriller, part drama, I think this is going to be really good, but am not quite sure how it will do in the crowded movie season without a little more action.
The Other Guys - Will Farrell and Mark Walhberg play bumbling cops (well, Farrell mostly) who look up to the hero cops in their unit - Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. Looks like an action/comedy, but I tell ya, when I saw the trailer for the first time, I just about died laughing. Farrell is pretty hit and miss for me, but this one looks like a gem.
The Expendables - What more do I need to say about this one? I have been talking about and anticipating this movie forever. Starring a virtual whose who of action stars of yesterday and today led by Stallone and Jason Statham, this action romp should be mindless action fun!
Scott Pilgrim vs the World - Based on a graphic novel of the same name, I had never heard of it until I saw the trailer. Then I watched the trailer and asked myself, "What the hell did I just watch?" Looks to be set in the normal world, but some people have super powers that they use to stage Street Fighter/Fight Club type fights in the street. I think? I don't know, many are WAY excited for it, but you may have to be high to watch it.
The American - George Clooney is an assassin who hides away in Italy as he considers retiring, but of course, something prevents that. This is already getting some Oscar buzz so it may be one to check out.
Machete - The last weekend before Labor Day and the end of the Summer movie season. This movie originally started off as a joke, or rather, a fake trailer before the Grindhouse movie. It was so popular, Robert Rodriguez decided to make a real movie out of it. Any movie where Danny Trejo is the lead star in an ass kicking role has to rock. But then thrown in Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsey Lohan, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Robert Deniro, Don Johnson, and Steven Segal, and it HAS to rock. I just saw the trailer for the first time last night and my hopes of a cool movie seem to have been met. This should rock!
So with all those movies, what I am looking forward to the most? Well, from 5 to 1, here ya go...
5.Toy Story 3
4.The Other Guys
1.Iron Man 2
What will you see?