Five May-June 2012 Films I'd Like to See
Fueled by an explosive start to 2012,
+ The Avengers [Disney 5/4] – Poetically described by BoxOffice.com as “a superhero movie on steroids,” The Avengers represents a historic milestone: the first superhero ensemble film. With the expectation of Thor, I’ve admired Marvel’s other titles with Iron Man, Hulk and Captain
+ Men in Black III [Sony 5/24] – 1997’s Men in Black was one the greatest sci-fi comedies ever, but 2002’s Men in Black II was a disappointment that sorely lacked the freshness of the original. However, the trailer for the third film, with its time travel storyline, has filled me with hope. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are still pitch perfect for J and K, and it as long screenwriter Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) and director Barry Sonnenfeld put in maximum effort, this should emerge a winner. With Josh Brolin (as a young Agent K), Emma Thompson, Alec Baldwin and Sharlto Copley joining the fun, I’m crossing my fingers for a clever and thrilling threequel that reminds us why we loved the 1997 smash so much.
+ Rock of Ages [Warner Bros. 6/15] – Director/choreographer Adam Shankman usually doesn’t win over too many critics (Bringing Down the House, Bedtime Stories), but his movie version of Hairspray (2007) was rambunctious fun that won over everyone. The man clearly knows musicals, so there’s strong reason to anticipate his adaptation of 2009’s Rock of Ages. The 80s rock extravaganza features Tom Cruise as a rock icon and an attractive supporting cast including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giammatti, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige. Though many scoff at 80s music, I happen to have an unexplained affection for the decade of excess, and feel that confident that Rock of Ages will be a dazzling alternative to early summer’s explosion marathon.
+ Brave [Disney 6/22] – After unveiling their first ever misfire with last summer’s Cars 2, Pixar should return to greatness with Brave. This tale of a Scottish princess aspiring to blaze her own path stands as Pixar’s first film with a central female character. The trailers have been mysterious with story details, but that only makes it seem more appealing. John Lasseter’s genius studio has reinvented superhero epics (The Incredibles) and sci-fi parables (WALL-E), and I’m very curious for their take on a medieval legend. Unlike other CG toons, Pixar wisely places stories and characters ahead of 3D action, thus infusing their films with an eerie humanity. Next to new installments of DreamWorks’
+ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [Fox 5/22] – For starters, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has the year’s best title by far. One of the best examples of the genre sparked by Pride and Prejudice with Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel was thoroughly gripping and filled with fearsome beauty. The story of our 16th President battling a vampire uprising during the Civil War will undoubtedly repel many casual filmgoers, but I’m convinced director Tim Bekmanbetov (who made 2008’s snazzy actionfest Wanted) will create a damn-fine horror-thriller. Strange premise or not, this has the potential to be a gloriously gothic film that stands aside producer Tim Burton’s great Sleepy Hallow.
Enjoy the first half of your summer at the movies!