2011 Summer Movie Roundup

Well, as most of you have probably heard, this weekend launches the first of many summer genre films. There are a lot of them hitting the screen this year, and I thought it would be helpful (to myself, if nothing else) to get ’em all listed in one place.

May 6: Thor. The film adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero (and that is an important distinction; it is *not* a film about the figure from Norse mythology, except in a form several times removed from the original source material). It looks neato-torpedo, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin is a great choice.

May 20: Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides. They’re still making these? Apparently so, and I’m sure Johnny Depp will be the high point as usual (and perhaps the only one).

June 6: X-Men. First Class: I really liked the first X-Men movie, but they declined severely after that one. I’ve not heard much about this, other than it’s a prequel to the original, and it’s of course another Marvel title. I’ll probably give it a miss unless there’s a lot of good buzz.

June 17: Green Lantern. I was never a big fan of DC Comic’s Green Lantern until I saw the animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. I like what I’ve seen about this film so far, and I’m very much looking forward to it. Plus the studio just plunked down an additional $9 million for more special effects. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

June 24: Cars 2. I am pretty much committed to seeing anything from Pixar these days, since I’ve got a 10 year old. But the original Cars was quite excellent, and the trailer for Cars 2 looks entertaining. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a 90 minute version of the Tow-mater shorts they show on Disney.

July 1: Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I am a HUGE fan of the original Transformers animated series, and the first (animated) film. I saw the first (live action/CGI) movie, and it was… okay. Maybe I’m just getting old, but it was too fast, too loud, and I had trouble telling one robot from another, especially when they were fighting. I didn’t see the last movie, and I probably won’t see this one, either.

July 15: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. I’ve never read any of the HP books. I liked the first movie when it came out, but left in the middle of the second one. However, my wife convinced me to give the films another look-see, and since we have them all on DVD (10 year old, remember?), I watched them all, and while I don’t love them, I don’t hate them. Some parts I actually enjoy quite a bit. I’ll probably end up seeing this one way or the other, so why not in a theater?

July 22: Captain America, the First Avenger. This just looks awesome. Three Marvel Comics movies in one summer? Bring it on. And Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull? Awww yeah. They are certainly lining up that Avengers movie to be something spectacular; Captain America, Thor, Iron Man…

July 29: Cowboys and Aliens. I’m not sure this will really qualify as a “blockbuster”, but I saw the trailer earlier this year (in front of “The Last Airbender”, maybe?) and it looked great.

August 5: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I am conflicted about this. On the one hand, I am a tremendous fan of the original Apes films and television show. On the other hand, the remake of “Planet of the Apes” was first-class crap, and I am greatly afeared for this remake of “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”. But the trailer looks good, so I might put this into the “cautiously hopeful” category.

August 19: Conan the Barbarian. While the special effects for this certainly seem like they’re going to blow away those of the Schwarzenegger Conan flick, I am greatly disappointed that it seems like we’re going to get yet another lout-in-a-loincloth instead of the fiercely intelligent but deadly figure who embodies the dichotomy between civilization and barbarism that so infused the original REH stories.

And I should also point out that it looks like the sequel to The Wicker Man, entitled The Wicker Tree, has found an American distributor and could be on screens by Samhain. Woot! (And no, not the Nicholas Cage piece of garbage, but the original with Christopher Lee.)

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9 thoughts on “2011 Summer Movie Roundup

  1. I saw Thor this afternoon. I'm not a fan of the comic so I'm not sure how true it is to the original material, but it seemed like a decent action flick to me. Didn't knock my socks off, but I wasn't disappointed, either.

    They showed the trailer for Captain America in the previews, and I must say that looks like it will be bad-ass.

    Ed Green

  2. Hell yah on Thor. Seeing it tomorrow. Green Lantern could surprise like Iron Man did. If any comic book movie was made for CGI this is it. The guy playing Conan plays another uncouth barbarian in the Game of Thrones HBO series. He's good in that, so I'm optimistic.

  3. I saw '13 Assassins' last night – well worth watching.

    'The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec' was a bit disappointing.

    'Attack The Block' is getting loads of hype in Britain, trying to be a more urban Goonies. Hoodies vs. Aliens.

  4. It does look like a good day for Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies this summer. Remakes are always something I cringe at but like you I am interested in seeing what they do with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The effects look incredible and the faces of the apes seem way too life like.

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