After what was a disappointing Oscar season and a painful beginning to 2009 things are looking up for Hollywood and for movie goers this summer.
Here is a list of some of the films I am anxiously looking forward to watching and why.
#1 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – July 15th
Us Harry Potter fans have been very patient after the release of the Half Blood Prince was moved from its original release date in late November. All partiality aside, HBP looks amazing. The kids have grown up, the story has grown up, and the films have grown up. In the 6th installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry learns of the origins of Voldemort as he and Dumbledore begin a quest that will ultimately lead down a dark and sad road and launch our beloved trio into the final stages of this saga.
Despite what some fans of the book may say, I will always be a fan of director David Yates. Order of the Phoenix was so well done in comparison to the first 4 films that it prompted me to start reading the books. To my shock the books sucked me in and made me a true Harry Potter fan. I wouldn’t have fallen in love with the books if it wasn’t for David Yates so I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in HBP.
One saving grace to inconsistency that plagues the Harry Potter series is production designer Stuart Craig. He has been a corner stone in creating the HP world, and I cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeve for the myriad of new sets and locations!
I only hope that now that I have read the books, they can still keep the movie magic alive.
#2 Public Enemies – July 1st
Johnny Depp, need I say more. Okay maybe I do.
Public Enemies is based on the true story of legendary 1930′s bank robber, John Dillinger (Depp), and an FBI agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale). Let’s forget for a second that Johnny Depp makes me swoon and focus on the fact that I love this genre. After all, Bonnie and Clyde is one of my top 100 and I just adore the look and feel of the 30′s. The trailer was not surprisingly action packed, directed by Michael Mann, but also gritty and absolutely gorgeous.
Okay, now lets get back to the Depp factor. He’s hot, I’m sorry, I just have to admit that. Many actors will come and go but Johnny will always have a special place in my heart. It has to be the eyes, or that amazing jaw line, or maybe it just boils down to his aura of cool. Whatever it is, Johnny can’t go wrong. I’ve seen him in quiet a few bad flicks but I never knock his performances one bit. Call me biased, but he is one of my top rated actors of our time. He might be a little old for this role, but you can’t deny that he fits his character like a glove.
I’m also glad to see another favorite of mine, Christian Bale, in a role that is more suited to his talents. I’ve been saying this for a while now, Bale needs to learn that he is not an action star and that is all I am going to say about that.
The rest are in no particular order
#3 Up - May 29th
Up is this year’s Pixar installment and maybe the least hyped of all Pixar’s releases. Up is about 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, voiced by Ed Asner, who fulfills a life long dream by attaching thousands of balloons to his house and lifting off to adventure.
Who doesn’t love Pixar? Masters of their genre, the creative and passionate people at Pixar studios deliver time and time again the fundamentals of good movie making. Story, character, character, more story, and more character. Some of my favorite movies were made by Pixar.
Little publicized, Up, I hope, will even take me by surprise.
#4 Year One – June 19th
Year One is this summer’s Jack Black comedy without the annoying antics of Jack Black. Scratch that, I’m sure his antics will be hard to miss, but they are certainly out shined in all of the previews by the halarious timing and delivery by Michael Cera. Oh yeah, and don’t forget it is written and directed by Harold Ramis! Sure to be fantabulously funny!
#5 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – June 24th
The Autobots and the Decepticons are back in this sequel to 2007′s Transformers that totally hit me off guard. I grew up on this cartoon and just the sound of Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime makes me go all googly. I don’t have high hopes for this film. But I like the last one so much I’ll gladly pay my $12 bucks to see this one and hopefully find myself sideswiped again.
#6 Bruno – July 10th
What can I say about Bruno other than Sacha Baron Cohen is crazy! I begrudgingly fell for Borat. I hope I am not disapointed.
#7 My Sister’s Keeper – June 26th
Normally not my type of flick, or at least not the type of flick I am willing to spend money on in the theater. But recently I saw the preview for this film and it did what a good preview should do, it made me what to find out what happens. I appreciate that, most previews nowadays spill the whole movie for you in a nice little package so you don’t have waste your money. Which I guess you could argue is a good thing.
My Sister’s Keeper is based on the book of the same name by Jodi Piccoult and in a nutshell is about two sisters, the younger was genetically engineered to save her older sister’s life. Staring the talented young Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva (from my favorite TV drama, Medium), this film is sure to be a tearjerker and hopefully one that leaves me moved.
Well, looks like it’s going to be an expensive summer for me with lots of outings and popcorn. But I can’t wait! There is nothing quite like escaping from the heat, and life, into a dark movie theater.