Summer Movies 08

March 8, 2008

The summer movie season is right around the corner and for most of us here that’s prime time to get our fill of super-heroes, science fiction, fantasy, and super-heroes I know I said super-heroes twice but this year there’s twice as many to go around. Out of this year’s crop of summer blockbusters, I already see two or three likely candidates for purchase on hi-def this fall.

You really couldn’t ask for a better film to kick it all off with than ‘Iron Man’ on May 2nd. Ever since seeing the Comic-Con trailer from last year; this has been my most anticipated summer movie, and given 2008’s contenders that’s saying a lot. Just one week later (May 9th) ‘Speed Racer’ hits the screen and while I was initially pessimistic on how this would play on the big-screen, one look at the trailer put all those fears to rest.

May 16th brings Disney’s ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’ to the screen, which on its own would probably do just fine with a fall or winter release. But in a summer with a lineup like 2008’s the second Narnia film may experience stiff competition from the slew comic films aimed at tweens. (at least that’s what I think you call kids between 10-13 these days)

The weekend of May 22nd brings back one of films most beloved action heroes of all time, Harrison Ford reprises his role as Indiana Jones once again in ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. The trailer pretty much had me from the get-go and held me until the end fade.

Two weeks later (June 13th) comes another one of my all time comic favorites, ‘The Incredible Hulk’. This time around Universal has opted for a do-over of sorts with Edward Norton taking over the lead from Eric Bana who starred in 2003’s ‘Hulk’, I liked Bana’s Hulk but I’m certainly looking forward to this one as well. Also that same week is M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Happening‘ which looks rather intriguing.

Skipping forward to July 11th Hellboy returns to the screen in ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army‘ and as someone who only found the first installment so-so, again the trailer alone for this one has my interest peaked. A week later comes ‘The Dark Knight’ with Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the last film Ledger completed before his untimely death last January. I really enjoyed 2005’s ‘Bat Man Begins’ and its follow-up appears to be even darker, grittier and action packed than the first.

Skipping forward to August 1st I’m looking forward to seeing ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ yeah I know its probably not high on everyone’s must-see list but I’m just a sucker for this series, although Rachel Weisz’s absence from the cast is a major let-down. All in all one of the better summer movie seasons I’ve seen in recent memory, now all I have to do find the time to see them all.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Commentary