Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Genre Movies for July

There's already been a raft of summer genre movies out this month but I thought I would make a few quick comments about what's coming up in July.
  • Hancock - THE PLOT: Will Smith as an apathetic, hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public is approached by a public relations professional who has ideas as to how he can repair his client's image.
    MY TAKE: The trailer suggests this will be fun. Let's hope so.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army - sequel to the smart, well-written and cast Hellboy. Among the best of the unending deluge of comic book (sorry graphic novel) adaptations out there. This go round looks like an exciting roller coaster ride.
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Do we really need another adaptation of this Jules Verne classic? In 3D no less. Judging on the previews, I don't think so. It looks like a promotional video for a Disney theme park ride waiting to be built.
  • Meet Dave - THE PLOT: Tiny aliens pilot a spacecraft that takes the form of a human (Eddie Murphy), while the captain of the ship jeopardizes his crew and their mission to save their planet when he falls for beautiful earthling.
    MY TAKE: Tired and lame. Eddie Murphy has become a victim of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • The Dark Knight - Didn't much care for any of the earlier Batman franchise movies until Chris Nolan's Batman with Christian Bale which was appropriately dark and gritty. This return outing with Bale and the recently deceased Heath Ledger looks to be spectacular.
  • Space Chimps - a CG animated "family movie" for the kids who should be insulted. The trailer is so not funny. I'd be surpirsed if this gets 25% on Rotten Tomatoes when it launches.
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe - In typical Chris Carter fashion the trailer looks confusing and incomprehensible which means it should be a great movie, right. Right? While the TV series is one of my all-time favs, the first movie was at best so-so. This is going to have to be one hell of a story to have any legs with the fans 10 years after the demise of the series.

While there looks to be a couple of good choices in the July crop, there isn't anything I would consider a must-see and certainly there are no truly new or fresh ideas.


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