2011, so far, has not been a great year for movies. Bad movies have been released every week, from the Beauty and the Beast ripoff, Beastly, to Catherine Hardwicke’s corny Red Riding Hood adaptation, and even a Hoodwinked sequel! A few gems have shown themselves so far, such as Source Code and The Lincoln Lawyer, yet for the most part 2011 has not been kind to movies. Many critics hope that the following 3 summer blockbusters will bring redemption to this otherwise dry season of cinema.
Blockbuster #1: Super 8: From the makers of the newest Star Trek movie and producer Steven Spielberg comes Super 8.Â Super 8 stars Kyle Chandler as a small town cop who notices mysterious things happening around town after a train derails. With Abrams behind the camera and Spielberg as producer, I am looking forward to seeing this movie. From the trailers, it appears that it has a lot of thrills.
Blockbuster#2: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II:David Yates returns to the directing position in the final film in the adaptation of J.K Rowling’s series of wizard novels. Daniel Radcliffe stars as the title character and Ralph Fiennes plays Lord Voldemort, the arch villain. Even though I have heard way too much about Harry Potter lately, I am still looking forward to this finale. It looks intense and exciting in the extreme and I am excited about this film.
Blockbuster #3: Cars 2 is the sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit Cars. I loved Cars so much, I enjoyed the way they infused the personalities of people into the cars they drive. For example, the army jeep was a military guy and the Volkswagon Van was a hippie. I do not know if this newest Cars movie will match up with the first one, but hey, the sequels were just as good in the Toy Story franchise. The animation looks rich and beautiful. I hope Pixar does not screw up this promising premise.
These are my biggest recommendations for summer movies. Other notables include X-men: First Class and The Tree of Life. I hope that you take these recommendations to heart and have a great summer. Del, out!