The Suckiest Movie Summer Ever?

You may have noticed that this blog hasn’t reviewed several of the major summer releases such as ROBIN HOOD, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, SEX AND THE CITY 2, and PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME. That’s because I haven’t been able to build up enough interest to see those movies. I don’t like to judge films before I see them, but this summer’s crop appears to be one of the most questionable array of films ever lined up for a supposed event season. The reviews for the films I mentioned above have been extremely mixed with SEX AND THE CITY 2 particularly taking a beating – one critic (Kyle Smith, New York Post) hilariously called it “Bitchtar” – so I haven’t felt so far like I’m missing much.

I don’t consider myself a snob about mainstream multiplex movies. I enjoyed IRON MAN 2 and thought MACGRUBER had a fair share of laughs in it, but I can’t seem to get excited about the others, nor upcoming films like MARMADUKE, SPLICE, JONAH HEX, KILLERS, or KNIGHT AND DAY. Likewise the remakes or re-boots or re-whatever’s – THE A-TEAM, THE KARATE KID, and PREDATORS (Wow! With SPLICE that’s 2 Adrien Brody wannabe blockbusters – that’s rare).

It’s a tried and true tradition, of course, that the summer is filled with expensive mindless spectacle aimed at teenagers, and film buffs will have to wade through it to get to the fall which will be full of prestige Oscar bait. It just feels like this summer is much harder going than usual. The only thing that would make it worse is if there was another lackluster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequel, but don’t worry I’m sure that’s what I’ll be bitching about next summer.

August is usually when some more interesting releases get dumped. In previous years great movies such as SUPERBAD, TROPIC THUNDER, and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS have made the end of the summer a better place than the beginning, and this year Edgar Wright’s SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD looks like it could fit the bill. Until then there’s the possibility that Pixar could pull us through with TOY STORY 3 and Universal’s DESPICABLE ME also could be animation salvation.

I’m sure that there are some other gems hiding in between the weekly bombast of dreck so I’m keeping my eyes open. I’m also open to suggestions so if you’ve got any – lay ’em on me. To answer this post’s title question: It’s too early to really tell and I’m pretty sure there have been suckier summers – 2002 comes to mind – but this one sure looks to be shaping up as a contender. C’mon something, anything – Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION maybe – surprise me!

Post note: There are a few smaller films (read: independent and Foreign) that I’m looking forward to – Todd Solonz’s LIFE DURING WARTIME and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s MICMACS. Check back for reviews of those.

More later…