Each year, film studios stack their summer release schedule with some can’t-miss blockbusters, usually sequels, and they make millions and millions of dollars. It’s tried and true. People have a little bit more spare time during the summer, and are maybe a little more apt to go to the theater to spend some of their hard earned money.
Summer 2009 has been horrifically disappointing thus far. We started off May 1st with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and will continue this week with the much anticipated release of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
Now while I’m pretty pumped for the newest Michael Bay (shaky cam robots out of focus with tons of explosions) film, the summer movie season that has preceded it has been what I would easily call lackluster. I have seen ONE good film all summer. (Thank you Zach Galifinakis and Co.) I have been excited for ONE film thus far (again, thank you, Galifinakis).
This is the best you have for the summer, Hollywood? A fourth installment into the overrated and overall pretty bland X-Men series? A re-invention of Star Trek? How am I supposed to be excited about a franchise I have never spent time with? Another (what proved to be terrible) collaboration between Dan Brown, Ron Howard, and Tom Hanks? Yet another Terminator movie with a horribly disjointed timeline?
The best part about these last four films is that, I believe, Star Trek is the only one that actually exceeded expectations. And it was the only one that wasn’t a sequel, but rather a whole franchise reinvention. But, unfortunately, it will eventually join that tragic club because it made a whole bucket load of cash.
Summer movies should excite and enthrall, not disappoint and depress.
Fortunately, my Eden comes on July 1st, with the release of “Public Enemies”. If you haven’t seen the trailer, do yourself a favor. It’s bound to be the best movie of the summer, and one of the best of the year. It’s everything that is right about Hollywood, even when it’s surrounded by everything that’s wrong with it.