Summer Movie Review

Summer is the season of blockbusters and Hollywood has not disappointed lately sending a slew of big-budget, big name titles. With all the films funneling into theaters how do you pick which to go see? Well, here are some impressions of the movies this reviewer has seen this summer to aid your decision.

The Heat

Melissa McCartney (Bridesmaids, Gilmore Girls) and Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality, Something about Mary) strike comedic gold in this take on the classic buddy cop comedy from Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and Writer Katie Dippold (Parks & Recreation). Bullock plays a talented and efficient but uptight FBI Agent who tangles with gruff, foul-mouthed, and untraditional Detective Mullins when Bullock follows a case onto Mullins’ territory. Through hilarious victories and mishaps, the two chase the case and make us laugh or groan the whole way though.

Even better? The flick features a real plot and boasts dynamic characters you love, hate, and can’t quite understand.

The Downside: Never-ending swearing

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) delights with this newest rendition of Shakespeare’s classic play. Apparently, Whedon was worn-out after production on The Avengers wrapped and decided the best way to recuperate would be to gather some friends and produce this film, entirely at his house.

I’m certainly glad he did as his version starring Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse), Alexis Denisof (Angel, How I Met Your Mother), and others with a cameo from Nation Fillion (Firefly) rivals even the (1993) Branagh version. Shot entirely in black and white and modernized, the California shin-dig is good fun.

The Bling Ring

Certainly the worst of the flicks I’ve seen this summer this real-life (though perhaps enhanced) story of four bratty self-entitled rich teens celebrity stealing spree is a look into a world few have a chance to live in.

The outrageous antics of the teens played by Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Katie Chang, and Israel Broussard are captivating but I’d recommend it more as a late-night DVD rental – if at all.

Man of Steel

 Who doesn’t like Superman at least a little bit? Downtrodden regular guy by day, caped crusader able to leap buildings in a single bound, he’s the stuff of our dreams, an anchor of our national identity. This newest reboot brings us back to the origins of Superman and shows us how he came to be the mythical figure we now know.

Despite what I’d wager is a good hour of fight scenes, it’s a movie I greatly enjoyed. As I understand from a fantastic Studio 360 show on the superhero, the film is more in line with the comics than many – another plus.

If you still haven’t gotten around to seeing it, you might want to consider waiting till DVD so you’ll have the liberty to fast forward through some of the fighting if you find the extend of these scenes as tiring as I did. Still, it is a movie you’ll not want to miss.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Yes, the film is gone from most theaters by now but I’d be remiss not to mention it. This long-awaited sequel to the 2009 Star Trek re-boot with J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost) thankfully still at the helm has Capt. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise using all their brains, guts, and luck to track down fugitive John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch; Sherlock & Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy).

Trek can promise the usual plots, perils, fights, romance, and wry lines viewers have come to expect as well as some marvelous reworking and references from Old-Trek (while making sure those new to the series don’t feel left out). Laughter, tears, suspense –Trek has it all.

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