The 2012 Summer Movie season is upon us. Its my favorite part of the year for movies. Sure one usually will not find those well-acted dramas that cut to the core of their very existence, but more often than not Hollywood will offer a bevy of big, fun, bombastic event movies that wow your socks off.
Starting with ‘The Avengers’ (which I’ve now seen twice), the summer movie season has been off to a monstrous start. Avengers made over $200 Million its first weekend, which was a non-holiday. Now its on its way up in the record books not only as the highest grossing comic book movie in history, but as one of the highest grossing films of all time. Shit, dude. Looks like Marvel’s long game paid off in full. But most importantly, Joss Whedon is finally getting his due for all his amazing talent. And it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.
I personally loved Avengers. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Plus, it made me really like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. I totally geeked out at the Thanos reveal in the first post credits scene. In short, I cannot wait to see what’s next for Marvel and the Avengers franchise.
I could honestly go without seeing Battleship, though there’s a very slim chance I might check it out this weekend along with MIB 3. I’m not really super excited to see either film. Though, I always was a fan of the aliens in the MIB universe.
After that is Snow White and the Huntsman on June 1st. Visually it looks amazing and Charlize Theron seems to be perfect as the Evil Queen (Is her first name really Evil? Ha!). Dark Fantasy seems to be a big draw nowadays. However, the problem is Kristen Stewart. Never been a big fan of her ‘acting’ ability, and if you watch the trailers, you’ll notice how little dialogue she is given.
See my point? Still, I might watch for curiosity’s sake.
As for the films I really want to see.
There has been a sore lack of pure, quality sci-fi films over the last few years. I would have seen this movie regardless, though the first few trailers didn’t really grab me. However, when they finally started revealing more and more about he plot instead of marketing it as another astro-horror ‘Event Horizon’ rip-off and rolled out their brilliant viral campaign, I was onboard! And it seems that Charlize will be competing against her other film, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Its Pixar and its not another Cars movie. What else do I need to know? Also, the Japanese trailer is AWESOME.
The Amazing Spiderman 7/3
I actually want to see this film. Tobey Maguire, while not a bad Peter Parker, never really captured Spiderman’s wisecracking personality at all for me. Plus, the third movie was pretty terrible. You know it was. Granted, Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy is still fresh in everyone’s mind. That’s why I think no one is very excited about this film. Which is unfortunate. Emma Stone looks great as Gwen Stacy and Andrew Garfield looks to fit into both the Peter Parker and Spiderman roles like a glove. Not only that, they are finally going with the Lizard, who should have been the main antagonist in Spiderman 3. But will that be enough to save the film? Check the trailer here.
The Dark Knight Rises 7/20
Do I even need to explain why I want to see this one? Yeah. I have no doubt that this movie will break the dreaded Comic Book Trilogy curse. I expect this one to make all types of crazy money, though not on the level of the Avengers.
The Bourne Legacy 8/3
I’ve always liked the Bourne films. Granted, this one does not have Matt Damon in it, but I’m a big fan of parallel stories like this that serve to expand a universe and show the stuff that happens during the bigger storylines. This seems to be the case with Jeremy Renner’s character. Definitely a must see for me.
This could be awesome. Lets hope its a return to form for Oliver Stone and a huge win for one Tim Riggins, (Taylor Kitsch) who’s had a number of unfortunate misfires this year.
I’m sure there are a few more I’m missing, but those are the big ones.
Though I do have to mention a really stupid move in regards to the GI JOE sequel. It seems that in order to get onto the 3D craze, this movie is being pushed from 6/29 to March 2013 a month before its release to covert it to 3D. W-O-W. How stupid was that move? Especially considering that this movie looked to right the grievous wrongs of the first film. I’m not a fan of 3D so I wouldn’t be paying the extra 4 dollars anyhow. But hey, its their marketing dollars so what should I care.
Anyway, till next time. I will be blogging more regularly as promised earlier so be on the lookout!