June turned up several films that I saw and enjoyed including Snow White & the Huntsman, Prometheus, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World, Magic Mike, and Ted. Not all of them met my expectations, but overall a pretty solid month at the theaters. July doesn’t have nearly as much up to bat, but definitely some big summer movies. Let’s take a look.
- The Amazing Spider-Man – This actually does look like it could be really great. I like Andrew Garfield in the lead and you can never go wrong with Emma Stone. It’s just so damn hard to really care about this reboot. Maybe you’re really into Spider-Man and this looks way closer to the comics than the Sam Raimi trilogy or something, but I wouldn’t know (fill me in?). I’m definitely willing to give this a shot but sandwiched between The Avengers and TDKR, it doesn’t really have my full attention. Read Lindsay’s review here.
- Katy Perry: Part of Me – On the other hand, this being my only other option if I was going to see something for the 4th makes Spider-Man seem way more enticing. I thought these movies were reserved for the Super Bowl? First of all, I don’t even really like Katy Perry, and second why is this a movie? It seems like those specials MTV has done in recent years on Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, etc and this seems to fit right along there. Why can’t Katy Perry and Justin Bieber just have an hour long show about them? Okay, on that note, I used to watch the shit out of that old MTV show Diary. I would much rather that still be around than these 3D concert/bio movies.
- Savages (July 6) – I read the book this film is adapted from a few months ago and I instantly connected to the story and characters. The plot was so engrossing and I’m hoping Oliver Stone can pull it off on film. The trailer seemed to fit in with the violent pulp novel, and I actually really dig the casting for all the parts. I’m usually not into Blake Lively but she’s fine for the role. Jennifer Lawrence was actually supposed to play her part, but I have a harder time seeing her do the sordid, sexual things that the character O does. Then again, she could’ve been amazing.
- Ice Age: Continental Drift - Every month I seem to say the same things about kids movies. I don’t care about them. I really don’t care about the 4th one in a series.
- The Dark Knight Rises – Obviously this movie is a really big deal. I am definitely excited to see where this story takes us. But I’m also not super intrigued by the trailer. I’m sort of going into this with a more blank excitement than most. I’m expecting a great movie, but I’m not freaking out like I would’ve anticipated 4 years ago.
- Step Up Revolution – I am not going to hate on this movie. It’s obviously ridiculous and just another dance movie with a flimsy plot but it’s not exactly trying to be more than that. The trailer actually cracks me up… not that I’m saying it’s intentional or that I would ever pay to see this in theaters.
- The Watch – This comedy looks funny enough with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade (if you don’t know him, go watch The IT Crowd now) making up a bumbling neighborhood watch with ridiculous members only jackets. Adding in aliens could either be incredibly hilarious or entirely unnecessary. Comedy-action movies don’t always have the best results, but I think this could be a good one.