When I first heard this film was being made I kind of had to laugh. It seemed like the folks in Hollywood were really scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas of adaptations as far as superhero films go (well, let's be honest...they still probably are.) I mean now we're getting a whole attempted franchise for the dude in Adventures in Babysitting? Oooh, a magic hammer! How much can you do with that? (Well, come to find out from the film...you can do a lot.)
I was shocked to discover that the director was Kenneth Branagh!
Watching the film though it made sense that the mythological moments had a Shakespearean touch. However, the plot was kinda predictable, especially during the middle of the film while he spends his exile on earth. On the whole though, it was a very fun movie and the perfect start to the summer season. Let's be honest, I was just pretty happy to be back in a theater again enjoying a big movie. And the previews for all the summer movies made me think this could be a pretty decent summer.
So...while I'm on the subject I'll give a list of the summer movies and my expectations of them.
Something Borrowed - It's out now and it's gotten terrible reviews. But I was a sucker for the trailer and the movie will be seen soon so I can make up my own mind....even though I may regret it later :)
The Beaver - This movie looks apeshiz insane.
Last Night - I want to see this. Eventually.
Bridesmaids - The previews really didn't look that funny, but maybe I'm wrong. I'll judge eventually.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Meh. Give it up already Johnny. I love you but meh. But let's be honest, it's a movie...I'll see it. But I won't be rushing to the theaters...unless I'm really bored. But I really feel like this franchise should be dead and buried.
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen is hit or miss....but I want to see this. SO. BAD. Haha purely for Paris scenery :) Hey I lived there once.
Hangover Part II - I have no feelings on this...I still haven't seen the first!
Kung-fu Panda 2 - Pixar snob here...no desire to see this. Haven't seen the first.
The Tree of Life - The trailer is bizarre. Color me intrigued.
X-men First Class - This one could really go either way...but this franchise may, like Pirates be better off in the past. I don't really have high hopes or expectations for this...but it'd be nice to be pleasantly surprised. McAvoy is a good actor. That said, I don't see him as Dr. X...ever.
Super 8 - I really want to see this. The trailers and the marketing for this film, in general, have been very mysterious, and I am very interested. I like Abrams. Hopefully, this can be a great film.
Green Lantern - This is another that I feel could go either way. But Ryan Reynolds is pretty likable and has got a nice screen presence so that will be in the film's favor. It could be really cool. I think/hope it will be as much solid fun as Thor was.
Cars 2 - My least favorite Pixar movie gets a sequel. Sigh. Feels like a waste of a Pixar film, but maybe it will be an improvement on the original.
Transformers 3 - After the last one? No, interest. At all.
Monte Carlo - ditto what I said about Midnight in Paris...except instead of Woody Allen you have silly teen flick. Either way....I've been there! Haha
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - The trailer was incredible. I'm really excited to finally see how this thing ends!
Captain America - I think this one will be the best of the superhero flicks this summer. I love the idea of a period piece superhero film. The trailer is great. I'm also a fan of Chris Evans.
Friends with Benefits - No Strings Attached 2.0 I didn't see that one anyway. Will see both eventually. Don't expect much from either. However, I've heard this is the better of the two.
The Future - The cat narrator movie I mentioned during Sundance!!!! This is limited so who knows when it will come out. But I will be there. Haha
Cowboys & Aliens - It could go either way!! But I think it will actually be a lot of fun. Could be awful, but Jon Favreau is pretty reliable I feel like..
Crazy, Stupid, Love - I really want to see this.