The start of the big summer blockbuster movie season is in full swing. It’s when the budgets are blown up more times than New York has been invaded on screen. It’s a great time to grab a giant bucket of popcorn and a super-sized soda, sit back, suspend disbelief and enjoy all the explosions, one-liners and CGI.
I’ve seen a few of the early big budget movies offered up by Hollywood in this first month of the season. I will tell you about them in the order I saw them.
Here we go!
This is the post-apocalyptic yarn starring Tom Cruise that takes place on a decimated planet Earth. Besides Tom the backdrop is the real star of movie. The landscape graphics were outstanding. It is a great rendering of the ‘what if’ scenario.
As far as the plot goes… it was really predictable. But I have to say a few of the action sequences are stellar. And being TC, you know that was him jumping, diving, and hanging on for dear life. That is one of the things I respect Mr. Cruise for, is all his stunt work. It does lend to the authenticity of the action. I recommend renting this one when it is available.
Here is a quick featurette about the world in Oblivion. Very beautiful world they created. Thank you Iceland for being the canvas!
Iron Man 3
I was really looking forward to the latest chapter in the Tony Stark biography. Of course Jon Favreau stepped aside from the keyboard and director’s chair and turned the keys to the suit over to Shane Black. I was worried, not because I didn’t trust Shane Black, no, that guy wrote the four ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies, ‘The Last Boy Scout’, ‘Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang’, ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’… it was just that JF had a real love for the franchise and it was his passion. I wasn’t sure if SB could capture that passion.
He did for the most part. I loved the movie. It was the most Tony Starky of the four appearances of Tony Stark. Lots of great one-liners and some serious action. The plot could have been a bit tighter later in the movie. Overall it was a good sequel in the series. I say watch it on the big screen if you can. I know I will by it on Blu-ray as soon as I can.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Another much anticipated continuation. The early reviews that had come out were crapping all over the film saying it wasn’t good, that it wasn’t better than the first film, and that it spit in the face of Trek… What a bunch of crap that is. It is a fantastic movie. I LOVED IT! I am fully onboard with J.J.’s direction of the franchise. I love this new alternate universe he has created and how each of the characters are exactly what they should be.
And Benedict Cumberbatch…. That man is freakin’ good. He is my favorite Sherlock Holmes, so I was a bit bias to his talent. That bias is totally warranted. It is worth the price of admission just to see him, but everyone else is great too. The writing was a bit tighter in this one than it was in the first. Also, something I am forever grateful for, there is waaaaaaay less lens flare in this movie. J.J. must have listened to my pleas. See this as soon as you can! Yet another one I will grab on Blu-ray when the time comes.
This is just a great sequence from the film.
The Hangover Part III
I had seen the first two in the theater, so why not finish the trilogy out. My nephew went to this opening night and I got a text from him after saying “The Hangover is so freaking funny. You have to see it.” Who wouldn’t want to see this movie after a review like that?
It wasn’t bad. There was a great plot hatched in this film, much more so than the previous movie in the series. But like the second one, it still doesn’t measure up to the first Hangover. That movie was a comedy punch in the face. It was brilliant. Even though ‘III’ has some great laughs, it isn’t the riot the original was. I have to say it is a fitting end to the trilogy if in fact they end it with this one. I say rent this one when you can.