It's that time again. Time to take a look at the big time summer movies that will be hitting the multiplex in the coming months.
I say it every year, I may asa well say it again.
I love summer movies. I love the scope. I love the escapism. I love (most of) the franchises.
Sometimes its fun to just sit down with a bucket of popcorn and a Coke and turn your brain off for a couple of hours.
- opens 5/4/12
The summer begins with a BIG bang this Friday with the much ballyhooed and well reviewed release from Marvel Studios. All the movies since Iron Man
have been building to this. Its the first true "team" movie of this scale ever attempted. Yes, I know the X-Men are a team, but they weren't built up in a series of solo movies. If Marvel knocks this one out of the park, I think we can safely assume we'll be seeing more of these characters for summers to come.
- opens 5/11/12
I was originally very intrigued by this one. I thought Tim Burton had finally found source material to match his interests. Then the trailer came out and I realized how wrong I was. This one has train wreck written all over it.
Men in Black III
- opens 5/25/12
I like Will Smith. I enjoyed his work ever since "Parents Just Don't Understand." I liked MIB
. I HATED MIB II
. So, with all those things said, I approach MIB III
with trepidation. I want to like it. I hope I like it. I like Josh Brolin's Tommy Lee Jones impression. I have my fingers crossed...tightly.
- opens 6/8/12
It may or may not be an Alien
prequel. It may or may not be Ridley Scott returning to form. One thing is certain, the pre-release hype is doing its job. The Alien franchise has been mishandled for years. Can Scott retake the reigns and make the xenomorph relevant again? The hordes of geekdom certainly hope so.
- opens 6/22/12
This summer's Pixar offering takes some chances. I see that as a good thing given the lukewarm response to last year's Cars 2
. A Scotish princess makes a deal to alter her fate then has to go to extreme measures to return things to normal. Pixar's batting average is staggering. It's Ted Williamian. I look forward to seeing what they do with this one.
GI Joe - Retaliation
- opens 6/29/12
I've been waiting for the Rock to become an action star since he started making movies. This looks like the movie that does it. It has a built in audience that looking for the treasured franchise to be treated with some respect. They've brought in Bruce Willis. They have ninjas. What the hell? It can't be worse than the first one can it?
The Amazing Spider-Man
- opens 7/6/12
Rebooting everyone's favorite webslinger seems like a good idea. Not rehasing his origin seems like another sound choice. We've got Gwen Stacy. We've got the Lizard. We've got Denis Leary as Captain Stacy. Solid choices all. I like what I've seen of Andrew Garfield's Spidey so far. Independence Day belongs to the web-slinger. Mark it down.
The Dark Knight Rises
- opens 7/20/12
The final chapter of Christoper Nolan's Bat-Man trilogy promises to finish things up with a bang. Bane and Catwoman replace the Joker. Bat-Man remains hunted and conflicted. This trilogy has been well constructed and I'm trusting Nolan to bring his vision of the Dark Knight to a proper and epic close.
The Bourne Legacy
- opens 8/3/12
There is only one real question here. Will audiences buy Jeremy Renner as the new Bourne. If they do this franchise will keep rolling. The origingal Bourne Identity
was a surprise hit when it first came out. I expect a similar response to his one.
The Expendables 2
- opens 8/17/12
If you are a fan of 80s action movies The Expendables
was fun nostalgia. For the sequel they have added Chuck Norris. If Norrisisms are correct, this movie will only have to sell one ticket to win the summer box office. Seriously, you have to not take a movie like this seriously to enjoy it.
Movies that worry me? Glad you asked:
Battleship, Total Recall, The Dictator, Neighborhood Watch
and Snow White and the Huntsman.
My pick for the summer's biggest bust? That's My Boy
. The thought of Sandler and Samberg feeding off each other makes me die a little inside.
My sleeper? Again, glad you asked.
I'm picking Savages
. Its directed by Oliver Stone, but it opens the same weekend as Spider-Man. Finding an audience won't be easy, but with an all-star cast in a movie about drugs, lust, cartels, kidnapping and revenge, it's worth a look.