Summer blockbuster season is upon us, as evidenced by its outrider, Thor. It really kicks off in earnest on 20th May with a contender for biggest film of the year: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; at least one big-tent studio release will follow every week from then until the end of August. So let's break it down...
The Good (i.e. would probably have seen these anyway, regardless of silly self-imposed blogging commitments)
- Bridesmaids - OK, so maybe not the best on the list but at the very least it's nice to have a gross-out comedy that's not just for the lads.
- Cars 2 - So maybe I wouldn't have seen this without the blog, but it's Pixar so surely can't be all bad. Also will feature a Toy Story short pre-credits!
- X-Men: First Class - Will hopefully recapture the spirit of the first wave of Marvel movies.
- Cowboys & Aliens - John Favreau banked a lot of credibility from Swingers, but has only come close a couple of times since then. Interesting cast & premise for this one, but could go either way.
- Crazy, Stupid Love - So-so-looking Steve Carrell light comedy vehicle.
- 30 Minutes or Less - Danny McBride (bad) + Jesse Eisenberg (good) = unknown quantity. And I'm just going to sidestep the whole 'less vs. fewer' debate.
- Conan the Barbarian - Did this really need to happen. Why not just flash the words "RUN OUT OF IDEAS" onto the screen for two hours? It would've cost a lot less.
- Fright Night - Yet another remake/reboot. Yawn.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Enough already, stop it!
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Please, stop!
- Final Destination 5 - Seriously now, that's enough.
- Spy Kids 4 - OK, they really aren't going to stop, are they?
- Zookeeper - It's a Kevin James film.
- The Smurfs - The smurfs hit New York! Honestly, are you looking forward to it?
And anything else? Well, here are a few non-blockbuster films I'm hoping will see a release at my local:
- The Tree of Life - I'm not actually expecting too much from this (I didn't care for The Thin Red Line) but a new Terence Malik film is always an event.
- The Inbetweeners - If it's anything like the sitcom should be excellent and very funny.
- Senna - When I was a nipper Ayrton Senna was my absolute sporting idol (though I don't watch motorsport anymore) - this documentary surely can't be bad.
- Apocalypse Now - Yes, it's another director's cut or remastered print or something. It's just worth going to see it on the big screen.
- Another Earth - Smart SF movie that might just be this year's Moon.
- Apollo 18 - A smart, original horror film in 2011? A slut can dream...