Summer Movie Guideline – June 2011
X-Men First Class: There are a lot of comic book movies coming out this summer, but X-Men First Class is the one I’m most excited about. It tells the origin story of some of the X-men’s first members including Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto. The film has a stellar cast including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and a scantily-clad January Jones. I love that it takes place in the 60’s and features real-world scenarios instead of mutants just fighting amongst themselves, but I’m sure we’ll get that too.
Super 8: Another of my most anticipated films of the summer is J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Directed by Abrams, and produced by Steven Spielberg, this one promises to be a good-looking movie and a good sounding story. It’s reminiscent of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and has that 50’s era charm that Spielberg can capture so well. Abrams is notorious for keeping his projects top-secret, so not much is known about the plot other than there will likely be aliens and awesomeness.
The Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s superhero romp is DC Comics only installment for the summer amid Marvel Comic’s three offerings. In terms of comic book films, this is my least anticipated film. The initial trailers and scenes made it look overly CGI and really fake. Apparently they’ve gone back and redone some of the CGI, but I’m still not convinced. I love both of those actors though, so I’ll hope to be pleasantly surprised.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins: I don’t know too much about Jim Carrey’s latest film other than it seems to involve a man who adopts a small colony of penguins and teaches them to dance? I’m sure there’s much more to the story, but the trailers don’t have me interested enough to find out. A lot of people haven’t liked Jim Carrey since the 90’s, but he’s held true for me as a go-to funnyman. I love his drama too. Mr. Popper’s Penguins looks like a bit of both.
Cars 2: Pixar’s summer offering of Cars 2 is a bit perplexing. I’ve heard several utterances that although Pixar is generally infallible, Cars was the worst of their films. Of course, that’s like being the dumbest kid at Harvard, but still. I, for one, would have preferred follow-ups to stronger films like The Incredibles or Monsters Inc. I still enjoyed Cars and with new voices in the mix like that of Michael Caine, Bruce Campbell and Eddie Izzard, this might make for a pretty good flick.
Bad Teacher: Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake pair up for a raunchy comedy that puts Diaz’s horrible and inefficient teacher on the road to success to win a cash prize for having the best test scores from her students so that she can earn a boob job. Justin Timberlake plays a straight-laced substitute whom Diaz will presumably fall for. This one is up in the air for me.
The Troll Hunter: I’ve seen trailers for this scattered about, and I’m not sure if it will see a wide release in the United States, but Norwegian film The Troll Hunter looks simply awesome. A documentary about a group of people hunting down trolls in the forests of Norway may sound campy, but the visuals are done really well and I’m extremely excited about it. The trolls are a mix between CGI and what looks like Jim Henson muppetry, but it’ll take a complete viewing to know how well it works. Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it.