2011 Summer Movie Reviews

I don’t consider any movie coming out in August as part of the summer viewing experience because if it was any good it should be out before Labor day because why would they want to waste any time to lose out on all the time off students have.

Movies that i did watch and you should too:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Super 8
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Bridesmaids
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Cars 2
  • Fast Five
All these movies were very enjoyable and I would actually recommend spending your hard earned cash on watching and feel like you came out of the theater like you gained something from it. Whether it was closure with Harry Potter, laughing for yourself with Bridesmaids, getting kids to laugh with Kung Fu Panda and Cars 2, or just the thrill of excitement from Super 8, Fast Five or Captain America.
Harry Potter was probably my favorite movie of the summer and so much more because i have followed the Hogwarts kids through out the entire series and having a great finale puts a great end to the story line. I also believe that even if you haven’t been following the wizards and witches that you can still enjoy it with all its action and plot twists.
As for the kids movie i enjoyed Cars 2 much more than Kung Fu Panda 2 because at the most Cars 2 was trying to be James Bond for kids, rather than Kung Fu Panda 2 which i felt was just a prequel to whole other series of story lines in the future.

 

Movies that i never got around to watching:

  • The Hangover 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 4
  • Thor
  • X-men First Class
I guess it just became the case if I didn’t see it on the opening weekend it was just not a movie that I needed to see.

 

Movies that you should just avoid:

  • Transformers 3
  • Zookeeper
  • The Smurfs
  • Mr. Poppers Penguins
What i’m trying to tell you that the mix of Live Action actors and purely animated counterparts just isn’t working, and it hasn’t worked really since Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but even then the point of the animated characters were that they were actually cartoon characters. If you look at the movies that are actually doing well in the theater (besides transformers) went either purely Live Action or was purely a Cartoon. Hollywood execs seem to be in the same boat as car manufactures these days with trying to appeal to two different clients and ending up with a product that neither party actually like. Its like the craze of so called cross over cars which lack the practicality of a sedan and lack the utility of a full sized SUV. In the end the product that comes out neither is intelligently written or funny enough to make up for the lack of story. Of course i’m assuming all of this since i didn’t see any of them and by the moderate returns of box office results of Zookeeper and Mr. Poppers Penguins there’s probably no stopping them from coming out with Zookeeper 2 When Animals Attack and Mr. Poppers Platypuses next summer continually pad the pockets of those execs.

 

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