Time for a quick down and dirty piece on the early summer movie scene. As most of my readers know, I’m a movie guy. From my 37 year weekend date of going to the movies with the love of my life, Laura to the annual Top 10 Bottom 5 Movie list, to the 90 minute multimedia stage presentation of WHY WE LOVE THE MOVIES, I dig films. Here is a quick look at some of the early summer fare.
- IRON MAN 3 – Maybe the best of the series. This edition (the first NOT directed by John Favreau) gives us a deep look at the genius/hero, the troubled Tony Stark. In fact, we find Stark spending more time in this film out of his fighting suit than in it. I loved it and is close to the top of my early 2013 list.
- MAN OF STEEL – With a mythology developed since the early 1930’s you would think that there can hardly be a fresh way to present the lone son of Krypton, but this take on Superman is pretty good. Yeah, only pretty good. The fight scenes are unbelievably realistic. Yeah, realistic, in the sense that IF two super-powered dudes duked it out in a metropolitan area, the damage would be substantial. There is ONE HUGE PROBLEM with this version of Superman and it tarnished the entire film for me. It is a HUGE spoiler if I give it to you, so if you want to discuss it, send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – I know, kind of a weird film on my list of summer blockbusters, BUT this was a fantastic take on the Bards’ work. Joss Whedon, the director of the mega hit The Avengers and the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, decided to do a tiny little black and white film shot entirely at his home. It is a marvelous telling of this romantic comedy, with a hint of tragedy. Yes, Laura kind of dragged me to this, but it was well worth the whining on my part. It takes about 10 minutes for me to get used to the cadence of the Shakespearian dialog, but after that, I hardly noticed it. Huge “thumbs up”.
- WORLD WAR Z – I am not a scary movie person and seldom see, vampire, zombie, slasher or horror movies, but after reading about all the stuff this movie has gone through, I called my oldest son, Dylan, (yeah, Laura was way out on this one) and we headed to the movies. The first 20 minutes were so tense and scary that I could hardly breath (Dylan just rolled his eye’s at my discomfort). The pace if frenetic and zombies are way scarier when they can run instead of drag around their dead legs. I really liked the story and thought that Brad Pitt did a great job. I know the reviews have not been great, but it was damn scary to me.
- THE HEAT – Very funny movie. Melissa McCarthy steals every scene and her foul mouthed dialog is hilarious. A typical “buddy cop” movie, but a pretty good way to spend the afternoon when the temps hit triple figures.
So there you go, a little movie info at the beginning of a HOT summer!!!!!