As one of the only people I know who does not have children, and thus is capable of seeing all the new movies I thought a nice recap so far would be helpful.
The summer started out with bang as Robert Downey Jr. stared in what is likely the second best super hero comic book movie ever (behind of Course Batman Begins). I can’t think of another super hero casting choice that was as spot on perfect. Downey perfectly captured the cross between Howard Huges and Hugh Hefner that made Tony Stark the great character that he is. Featuring great action, and a wonderful blend of practical and computer generated effects this movie is a winner, and a great way to start the summer
Turn your brain off at the door and you’ll enjoy this whiz bang orgy of flashing lights and j-pop. As a follow up to the Wachowski brothers underrated V: For Vendetta they have chosen to adapt the old anime semi classic. It features a strong cast of historical solid actors; John Goodman, Susan Sorandon, and Matthew Fox. All of whom give strong performances that are in many ways better than the movie itself.
As an action showpiece it works beautifully, however as movie that is supposed to convey story and emotion it mostly fails.
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
This sequel to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe we are returned to the world of Narnia. Set 1500 years later we find the world a more dangerous, and human ruled place. The action again is strong, and the supporting cast is also better than before. We get the great duo of my two favorite dwarfs, Warwick Davis and Peter Dinklage. For anyone who hasn’t seen Dinklage in 2003’s The Station Agent see it today. Rent, buy, beg, borrow, or steal but see it.
In the title role of Caspian we are introduced to Ben Barnes. I have a hard time caring much about him. It’s very hard for me to empathize with a lead character who is prettier than my wife. Despite all the mud, blood, and action his hair is never mussed, and his face is always clean. Liam Neeson returns as Jesus Christ, sorry I mean Aslan the lion. I’m still not sold on his voice work, and would have preferred their original choice Bryan Cox, who had to back out of the previous movies.
Overall a strong follow up in what I hope will continue to be a strong movie franchise.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
As the gigantic box office gross will attest this is by far the biggest movie of the summer. That is until we again see the Bat in July. One of the great iconic characters in all of movie history returns in this fourth installment. While this is not the strongest Indy film it is definitely a great ride. Whatever “It” is Harrison Ford still has it. That star making power that was long forgotten after flops like K:19, and Random Hearts he is back as what we love.
Joining the series is Shia LeBouf, who stared in last summers Transformers. He is a fantastic addition, and if you believe some of the rumors will be taking over the franchise.
If you were to only see one movie this month I would have to pick Indy. Iron Man was great, but this is a chance to become reacquainted with an old friend that we had almost thought was gone for good.