Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Are we headed into the worst movie season ever?

About a week or so ago I was asked what genre films I thought would do well this summer, so I put together a list of six movies and a couple of sentences about whether I thought they would do well or not. I should have linked to the article... but I didn't. Here's why. I'm having second thoughts about my predictions because I'm not sure any genre films are going to be runaway hits this year. When I wrote the article I was starting to get a little excited over "Jonah Hex," the comic-based film starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox in a kind of Western/fantasy mash-up. The trailers looked fun and I thought it could be a great popcorn film in the fashion of "Hell Boy." But there have been some murmurs that the advance word is the movie isn't that good-- which is why we haven't seen many trailers for it. On the other hand, they said the same thing about "Avatar." But I can't say I've been truly eager to see any of the upcoming summer releases. There is a chance I might be able to get into an advance screening of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," starring Nicholas Cage, and if I am able to get into an early viewing I bet I can dreg up some enthusiasm for seeing it even though my feelings have been decidedly lukewarm up to this point. My thoughts on the rest of the list are basically along the same lines as they are for "Jonah Hex" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." I have no real interest in "The Last Airbender" even though I have watched enough of the cartoons to know the story-- I just doesn't get me revved up. And don't even get me started on the newest "Twilight" movie.. I can't even be bothered to look up it's proper name. If I had to list one genre film I have some interest in it would be "Inception," but that's based more on the fact that it's directed by Christopher Nolan than anything else. I could also mention the cartoon sequels to "Shrek" and "Toy Story" but...why? If I'm looking forward to anything this summer it's the mindless action films that don't fit into the fantasy/sci-fi genre. "Knight and Day" appeals to me because it has Tom Cruise playing off of his reputation as crazy-- you gotta love that he's willing to make fun of that (at least I do). And "The A-Team" is pure nostalgia-- it probably won't be that good, but it has Liam Neeson, so it won't be a total loss. But could I say I'm really, really excited to see anything this year? Not really. I could probably skip the theater throughout the whole season and not feel like I missed anything. How about you?

14 comments:

Geoff J said...

One word: Predators

SQT said...

Interesting... I wasn't sure "Predators" would do well because it's a remake of an old movie. Maybe I was wrong..

Sci-Fi Gene said...

I agree with you that Inception is the only summer sci-fi trailer that's really got me interested. There have been a few interesting-looking indie movies like Splice that I'm hoping get some sort of theatrical run. I'm looking forward to Tron - even if it turns out to be rubbish except for the visuals - but that won't be until later this year.

Harry Markov said...

At this point I am lukewarm towards pretty much anything. I am much more interested in TV shows these days and anime. There many SFF TV shows that are worth my time and not so many movies.

Scott Marlowe said...

Does Iron Man 2 count, or was that released too early? My wife and I were having a similar discussion; with the exception of Iron Man 2, there aren't really any movies I feel compelled to rush out and see. Inception, yes, cause of Nolan and Di Caprio.

Predators? Really? Because they've done so well with that franchise since the 1st one? I was looking forward to A-Team until I saw the trailer--completely over the top and ridiculous. I'll probably still rent it, just b/c it's up there with Knight Rider as one of favorite shows from that era.

Budd said...

They had BA and Murdock on WWE Raw Monday and it was really bad. I am pumped for the white washed Airbender. I don't care that it is white washed because they don't make much of race on the show and the characters all look like who they are from what I have seen. And, M. Night doesn't have to do a twist in this movie. That is excellent, because knowing the twist ruins his movies, unless it was the happening and then the movie was ruined way before that. SciFi Media

Janicu said...

Yep. I agree with this post. It feels like the movies I was looking forward to where all in one month (and I was disappointed anyway) and then the rest of the year: craaaappp.

I hope there's something I haven't heard about which will raise my currently low expectations.

Jim Haley said...

If we're talking just summer (and including movies that already came out but I haven't had the chance to see):
Iron Man 2
Prince of Persia
Clash of the Titans
The A-Team
Toy Story 3
Predators
Nanny McPhee Returns

And continuing out into the fall:
Tangled
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 1
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Tron Legacy

Now, honestly, it's very unlikely I'll see these films in the theaters (other than Toy Story 3, and any other I think my young kids will sit for) - so I'll watch most on DVD. And if we're talking about actual financial 'hits' - I doubt most of them will be. But, these are movies that I think will in fact entertain me - so I'm looking forward to seeing them.

S.M.D. said...

I'm in the same boat. I'm really only interested in Toy Story 3 and Inception (does Tron come out this summer, or is that winter?). I want to love The Last Airbender, but I likely won't see it over the racist casting (I've started avoiding stuff that directly conflicts with my morals, like Dominoes Pizza...).

Otherwise? I think most of the stuff coming up is boring and not worth my money.

Charles Gramlich said...

Other than Jonah Hex, none have really struck my imagination. And like you, I heard that one wasn't so good.

Carl V. said...

Yes! A resounding Yes, especially when it comes to summer films. I can't wait until July when Micmacs comes out as, with Jean Pierre Juenet at the helm, I will hopefully be able to see a memorable film. This summer season has been much ado about nothing and I don't see that changing.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Yes, we are heading into the worst movie season. Ever. When the best of the summer appears to be only tolerably mediocre, we're in trouble. We can pretend some of the films may be worthwhile, but let's be honest with ourselves. We're just not that into them. Hollywood is playing it safe and giving us so much pablum instead of meat.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Yes, we are heading into the worst movie season. Ever. When the best of the summer appears to be only tolerably mediocre, we're in trouble. We can pretend some of the films may be worthwhile, but let's be honest with ourselves. We're just not that into them. Hollywood is playing it safe and giving us so much pablum instead of meat.

. said...

I feel exactly the same way, I'm so glad I'm not the only one feeling disappointed. I'm so desperate, I'd take another Indiana Jones even at the risk that they botch it up again. At least we'll have Pirates next summer and I hope they'll take a break from the dark mythology and get back to the fun Disney-esque ride references! Bring on the mermaids!