Summer hype-o-meter Part 1: May & June 2010

April 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm (Movies)

Tomorrow, Iron Man 2 kicks off a busy movie summer, filled with future blockbusters, sequels, movie stars and – obviously – plenty of flops and disappointments. Here’s a quick rundown of most 2010 summer movies, chronologically, and also my “hype” rating (i.e. my level of expectation for each flick, not my actual rating. I haven’t seen any of these yet, duhhh).

MAY 2010

Iron Man 2 (dir. Jon Favreau, US release: May 5, Ro release: Apr 30) – TRAILER
The first Iron Man was a commercial and critical success, so there is no reason to expect anything else from the sequel. This might be the highest grossing movie of the summer. The only reason to worry: too many villains, characters and stars.

Robin Hood (dir. Ridley Scott, US release: May 14, Ro release: May 14) – TRAILER
The trailer looks pretty cool, and there’s no reason not to be excited about Ridley Scott teaming up again with Russell Crowe. It also got into Cannes, which is always a good sign. However – was this reboot really necessary? The story doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the table, and I’m not sure I wanna see the same thing all over again.

MacGruber (dir. Jorma Taccone, US release: May 21, Ro release: ?) – TRAILER
This might be an extremely dumb, but highly funny summer comedy. Based on a character from a Saturday Night Live sketch, I’m curious to see how they’ll be able to expand that sketch in a full movie without becoming overplayed and boring. The trailer is funny.

Shrek Forever After (dir: Mike Mitchell, US release: May 21, Ro release: Jul 16) – TRAILER
I don’t think I’m the only one completely uninterested in this useless new sequel of a franchise that pretty much died with the awful part 3. I can’t imagine them being able to return to the quality of the original, so unless some positive reviews come out, I don’t care about this film.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (dir: Mike Newell, US release: May 28, Ro release: May 28) – TRAILER
I don’t know what to think of this one yet. The game was fun, but early reports claim the film steers away from the game’s story, which is always a big no-no with fans. The trailer makes it look cheesy.

Survival of the Dead (dir: George A. Romero, US release: May 28, Ro release: ?) – TRAILER
Now I have seen this one, last year at Sitges, and it was a big disappointment. It has good moments, but overall it’s another bad film from a famous director who apparently forgot how to make good movies.
Rating: 4.5/10

JUNE 2010

Killers (dir: Robert Luketic, US release: Jun 4, Ro release: Jun 11) – TRAILER
Katherine Heigl has quickly become the most annoying actress working today. All her roles are bland and boring, all her movies stink, and this one seems like no exception. The plot is dumb, the trailer is awful, and it just might have the worst poster of all time.

The A-Team (dir: Joe Carnahan, US release: Jun 11, Ro release: Jun 25) – TRAILER
This revival of the old TV show looks like fun – it has a strong cast, a funny trailer, a big $100 mil budget and it’ll probably be one of the summer’s big hits. However, in terms of ’80s style action movies, I don’t think it stands a chance against The Expendables. I’ll probably give it a go, anyway.

The Karate Kid (dir: Harald Zwart, US release: Jun 11, Ro release: Aug 20) – TRAILER
I’m not sure I’m buying this remake yet. There’s nothing to get me excited for this. It looks entirely kid-oriented, and the casting choice of Will Smith’s son seems forced (his parents are the producers after all).  Plus, the director stinks.

Toy Story 3 (dir: Lee Unkrich, US release: Jun 18, Ro release: Jun 18) – TRAILER
How can anyone not be excited for this? First of all, it’s Pixar, the only animation studio in the world that never made a bad film. Secondly, it’s a sequel to a beloved franchise that offered so far two great films. Thirdly, it’s IMAX 3D, baby.

Jonah Hex (dir: Jimmy Hayward, US release: Jun 18, Ro release: Sep 10) – no trailer yet
Anyone who knows me is aware Megan Fox is making me giddy with excitement and anticipation. Add to that this film’s dark tone, the comic-book style, and – most importantly – the score made by Mastodon, and we just might have one of the most original blockbusters of the summer. And one of my most anticipated ones.

Knight and Day (dir: James Mangold, US release: Jun 25, Ro release: Jul 23) – TRAILER
Any action flick with two huge stars like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the main roles will be a successful action flick.  Add director James Mangold in the mix, and we just might have a good successful action flick. The trailer is also really fun. If you’re looking for a summer-time easy action extravaganza, this might be your best bet (and not Killers or other crap like that).

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 – the July & August films.


1 Comment

  1. Summer hype-o-meter Part 2: July & August 2010 « Cristane’s Blog said,

    […] you go – this was the rundown of the biggest summer movies of 2010. If you missed Part 1, here it is. And, as I previously stated, I left out some films that might (or might not) be hits, simply […]

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