Let the season of the blockbuster begin!

It's May. So you know what that means...the end of the t.v. season and the beginning of the blockbuster movie season! For practically the whole decade (the original Spider-man in 2002 is the first I can recall...) the first weekend in May has been the coveted spot to get a jump start on all the competition that the summer has to offer in the way of blockbuster popcorn flicks. The latest to join that club as well as kick off the summer 2011 season is the Marvel comic book flick, Thor.

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.)

The shallow girl in me perked up my interest when I heard that Thor would be played by the handsome fellow who portrayed Captain Kirk's late father in the last Star Trek film. Add to that my girl Natalie Portman was signed to star, and I was officially on board for giving it consideration. Other than watching attractive people I didn't really know what to expect from the movie. My consensus after viewing it? I was very pleasantly surprised with it, but not quite blown away. The film had a lot of strengths, the greatest being that it's pretty entertaining. At first I didn't know what to make with the fantasy world the movie gave me, but the film drew me in and I ended up digging it.

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.

The Smurfs - meh.

I'll get into my thoughts on the rest of the summer's offerings come mid-summer...but in the meantime I'm excited to spend some time at the cinema this summer!


Sean Mackay said...

You are a fan of Chris Evans because his shirt is off and you are a pervert.

Emily said...

You're right Sean!! Haha

Emily said...

Also, his face doesn't hurt either.

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Johanna said...

I'm not excited for anything, but I'll go to some of the chick flicks with you because my expectations are already low....and maybe Woody Allen.

I think I am becoming more and more an indie gal.

Sarah said...

Ha ha ha! Sean is hilarious. But yes, I can see from the picture you chose of Chris Evans that you are definitely a fan.

Well, you liked Monsters Inc. and they are doing a sequel of that...or more appropriately a prequel...about Mike and Sully's college days.

I haven't even heard of half of the movies that are coming out this summer. You'll have to let me know what you think of them.

I like that you referenced "Thor" from Adventures in Babysitting. Ha!

I hope Natalie Portman takes a break because it seems like she is in EVERYTHING right now and it's getting old.

As for Pirates of the Caribbean, I remember reading an interview by Johnny Depp and he said that he really enjoyed playing that role and if they wanted to make 7 movies and it was still as much fun for him, he would do it. And hey, you can't knock that, eh? If it's still fun for him and the movies still make money, you can't blame him. Besides, he's rich and he can do whatever he wants.

I wish I was rich and could do whatever I want! Boo hoo...

Sarah said...

So, I finally watched Thor. It took me awhile to get into it. Thor's character is so narcissistic at the beginning that I was worried that I wasn't going to enjoy the movie. But once Thor gets over himself and learns to become selfless, I really enjoyed it. I didn't think the romance between Thor and Jane was as developed as I would have liked it to be...but maybe that's because I watched the film in installments (something you have to do quite often when you have kids). At least their romance had a little more hope attached to it than that of Captain America and Peggy's! Oh, and you should give the viewers a friendly reminder that Thor and Captain America both have scenes after the credits tying them in to the Avengers movie. Thanks for your reviews, as always!