I don’t know if it says something about me or about the current crop of summer movies that there are only three I feel like I absolutely, positively MUST see in theaters.
There are several more that interest me, but I’ll need to see more from the movies (or from word-of-mouth) before I decide whether to drop some hard-earned cash on them.
Here are the ones that I’m most looking forward to this summer:
Marvel’s The Avengers – May 4
While the X-Men have always been my favorite superhero group, I have very fond memories of the old Sega Genesis game Captain America and the Avengers. (I didn’t care much for Captain America; Vision and Iron Man were my favorite characters to play.)
However, the Avengers have been growing on me in recent years, though more from movies and video games than from comic books. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and to say I’ve liked the Marvel movies thus far is a bit of an understatement.
Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America were all fantastic and fun, and Iron Man 2 was pretty entertaining (not quite as good as the first one, though). Each one made me more excited for this film, even though I was initially wary when The Avengers was originally announced a few years ago.
Throw Joss Whedon in as writer/director, and you have the makings of an awesome summer movie. I may not be dressed up for this one, but I will be there with bells on opening weekend.
Brave – June 22
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a Pixar fangirl, so I will see just about anything they put out. The only two Pixar movies I haven’t seen are Cars 2 and Toy Story 3, and the latter is not for lack of desire. (The former is really because I had no desire to watch something that looked like it centered entirely around Mater.)
Brave looks fantastic. As always, the animation looks beautiful, and you can tell that the animators put a lot of work and research into the film.
This is also the first Pixar movie with a girl as the main character, which is awesome. What’s even better is just how cool Merida is. Even in that short clip, we really get a sense of the character (which is something Pixar has always done well).
I absolutely can’t wait to see it.
The Dark Knight Rises – July 20
My introduction to the Batman movie franchise was Batman and Robin, which came out right around the time I was old enough to go see PG-13 movies. Before that, my only exposure to the character had come from reruns of the ’60s series with Adam West.
You can probably understand why I was not impressed.
Now, things have changed. Batman Begins is my favorite superhero movie (it just barely edged out X2: X-Men United), and The Dark Knight was an amazing sequel. Christopher Nolan took a character and a franchise that had practically become a joke and made it awesome again.
Everything I’ve seen from The Dark Knight Rises has been mind-blowing. The poster with Bane. The trailer. Just about every single picture I’ve seen thus far.
The only (ONLY) thing I’m iffy on is Catwoman, and really that’s just because Michelle Pfeiffer did such an excellent job in Batman Returns (my favorite of the pre-Nolan Batman films).
But really, Nolan has done such an excellent job on the other Batman films (and even on his non-Batman films, come to that) that I have no worries about whether The Dark Knight Rises will live up to its hype.
What movies are you looking forward to this summer?