By my figuring, Conan the Barbarian seems to be the last blockbuster (or attempted blockbuster) movie of Summer 2011. I am taking it upon myself to look back on all that I saw in theaters and decide if it was a good year for summer movies. I’ll start with my conclusion: this was a pretty great summer for movies.
I saw ten films this summer, starting with Thor (I know that wasn’t really summer, but close enough) and ending with Conan. If those ten I enjoyed nine of them and genuinely liked seven. Ten movies in a year is a lot for me. Ten in a summer is borderline crazy. Crazier still is that there are several movies I would have liked to have seen but was not able to. So first I will rank the ten movies I saw in order from least good to most good with a sentence or two explanation and linked to my review. Then I am going to list five movies I missed, again with a sentence or two explanation. Laslty, I am going to point out a few movies I want to see over the rest of the year.
10. Cowboys and Aliens. Terrible, just fucking terrible.
9. Conan the Barbarian. Boobs and Blood, but it doesn’t quite come together.
8. Green Lantern. A huge disappointment, but still mostly competent.
7. Horrible Bosses. Hilarious, but largely forgettable.
6. X-Men: First Class. Really good until the ambiguous ending for both groups of mutants but unambiguous for the Nazi monsters that are the rest of humanity.
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Potter ends with a bang.
4. Thor. A terrific sci-fi/fantasy/superhero mash-up. I love Thor.
3. Captain America. A superhero movie on the level of Dark Knight and Iron Man.
2. Winnie the Pooh. A near perfect animated kids movie.
1. Super 8. A film just as nostalgic for the 80’s as I am.
From Horrible Bosses up those are all movies I would like to own on DVD. Even Green Lantern and Conan could get me on the clearance aisle. Fuck Cowboys and Aliens.
Now for the movies I missed.
- Transformers 3. I skipped this, not missed it. It is apparently less of a humongous turd than the last one, but no matter the size I don’t want someone to shit on my face.
- Pirates of the Caribbean 4. I actually wanted to see this, as I heard it had jettisoned most of the crappy baggage from the last 2. I’ve heard I didn’t miss much.
- Cars 2. Bad reviews or not, it is a Pixar movie. Of course I wanted to see it.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I’m only listing this because I heard it was good. It did not look so to me.
- Bridesmaids. It looks like a chick comedy, but I’ve heard good things about it.
As for the rest of the year, this is a hard list to make. These are movies I actually hope to see and due to my fairly remote location it is possible that movies that sound interesting will not show up at a cinema near me. (I had to drive nearly 100 miles to see Scott Pilgrim!) These are the ones that seem likely to widely available.
- Moneyball. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, but I love sports movies and Brad Pitt is always entertaining.
- Killer Elite. Jason Statham versus Clive Owen for the
lovelife of Robery De Niro? Sign me up.
- The Big Year. Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin are all guys I like. Sounds good to me.
- The Three Musketeers. The trailer has airships and hand cranked flamethrowers. I’m in.
- The Rum Diary. Hopefully this is much like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp is always watchable.
- Immortals. I have a soft spot for Greek mythology. This could be anything, but I’m interested.
- J. Edgar. It’s Clint Eastwood.
- The Muppets. It’s the Muppets.
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The gang is back for round two. Sure, I’ll bite.
- Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Brad Bird directs, that’s good. And Simon Pegg is in the cast. Sounds good to me.
- The Adventures of Tintin. Spielberg, Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson are involved. I’m in the seats.