As I started to put this post together, I realized this might be the last summer where my top priority will be catching the best and biggest spectacles Hollywood has to offer. This will be the last time going to the movies won’t involve babysitters or telling my child “Shh”. I swore to myself a long time ago that I would never be that person who brings their child into the movie theater until they understand the concept of sitting quietly for two hours. If that means missing The Avengers 2 in 2015, so be it. Sigh.
It was between this and The Wolverine for the number five spot but I picked Pacific Rim. The Wolverine, while promising, still has the potential to suck. I’ve already been burned once by a Wolverine movie. Besides I’ve enjoyed every Guillermo del Toro I’ve ever seen and let’s be honest. This is a film about gigantic man-controlled robots facing giant monsters in battle.. That may sound silly or stupid to you but to 13 year old Sean, it sounds like a dream come true.
Marvel released the first trailer for Iron Man 3 It’s directed by one of my favorites, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang also starring Robert Downey, Jr.). I have no idea what this story is about (and Ben Kingsley as Mandarin makes me cringe racially) but I’m there opening weekend.
The red-band trailer for the Evil Dead remake also came out this week. They seem to be going for a straight gorefest without any of the humor of Sam Raimi’s cult classic but it looks interesteing. Warning: the trailer is VERY gory. (io9)
Talking about remakes, Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy finally has a release date (Splash Page)
What happens when you combine Breaking Bad with Taylor Swift? “Breaking Swift”, of course. Warning: contains spoilers for season five. (io9)
Due Date was amusing. Robert Downey Jr. was great as the straight guy to Zach Galifianakis’ usual eccentric, borderline mentally-challenged traveling companion.
However, I’m starting to get Galifianakis Fatigue. I love him and his comedy but does every movie role have to be some version of Alan from The Hangover. I know he’s capable of playing a semi-normal human being (as he does on Bored to Death). I just wish he would gets more roles like that. Hell, even he must be tired of it at this point (when he’s not swimming in his money bin like Scrooge McDuck)
This was a mindless, fun summer blockbuster version of a Sherlock Holmes tale and while I was entertained, something about it rubbed me the wrong way. I still haven’t put my finger on it. I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr.’s performance but then again, I can’t recall ever being disappointed with a RDJ performance since Johnny Be Good. The banter between Jude Law (Watson) and RDJ was the best part of the movie. I think I just didn’t like the interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. If they wanted to update Holmes, how come Watson remained close to the stuffy original version. I was neither here nor there about Rachel McAdams. I’m just glad she was an American in the movie. One American-doing-a-British accent was enough.
Except for the slow-motion breakdown of Sherlock using his deductive skills in fights (which were great), Guy Ritchie didn’t use any of his usual tricks and if I didn’t know in advance he directed it, I would have been surprised to find out. I think that is also part of my disappointment. I wanted a Guy Ritchie version of Sherlock Holmes not a Sherlock Holmes blockbuster directed by Ritchie. Given that this movie was set in the 1890s, I was surprised how NOT gritty it was.