I’m not the first one to comment on how abysmal the Hollywood movie offerings are this summer, but I think it should be mentioned as frequently as possible in hopes that the Hollywood execs will listen. I thought last year was bad – when the highlights were Transformers 2 and G.I. Joe, but they are fine art compared to this year’s crop. When sitting in the theater last week watching trailers before The A-Team (which I am ashamed to admit paying money to see), I was actually intrigued by The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Yes, a Nic Cage movie based on a Mickey Mouse cartoon actually looked decent, because the other trailers it accompanied were so unbearably awful.
The A-Team – wow. I’m becoming accustomed to going into the theater with low expectations, but even my low expectations were not met. That movie was bad, ya’ll. The only saving grace was Sharlto Copely, who was pitch perfect as Murdoc. Copely was cast in The A-Team based on the breakout success of last year’s District 9, the ONLY movie that came out last summer that was worth the money I paid for it. On 1/6 the budget of your typical Hollywood “blockbuster” it managed to have a great story, kick-ass action, AND killer special effects. Is it really so hard to reproduce?
This summer’s offerings point to yes. So I’m looking around for the one movie that’s going to save the summer for me this year like District 9 did last year. The only thing that looks promising is Predators. Aliens + Adrien Brody + Laurence Fishburne = potential awesomeness. Please, I need something. Otherwise the highlight of this summer might be Twilight, and as much as Taylor Lautner taking his shirt off cracks me up, I need something a little better.
What are you looking forward to?