I love movies. Love to go to the movies, though those days are limited since the kids. Summers are great for the big blockbuster, popcorn flicks and so far this summer is living up to expectations, at least mine. Thankfully we’ve had some visits from my teenage nieces & nephew and have had more babysitters (FREE!) than we normally do so we’ve seen quite a few films so far.
We started the summer with Ironman3. It was great, but more of the same. But if you love RDJ and the ironman franchise, you won’t be disappointed. Really the only thing I was missing was the great soundtrack from the first one.
Superheroes reign in the summertime so we made our way to see Man of Steel. My parents had already seen it and reported back that it wasn’t any good. But The Professor and I are fans of Nolan so we went anyways. The story is good, I liked the added emotional depth and damn he is so pretty, he could have stood there and read the phone book for 2 hours and I would have been entertained. But the fight scenes got tedious and were overdone. The same point could have been made with a little editing.
Then we took the girls to see Monster’s University. I knew the concept of prequel would be lost on them, but they enjoyed it. It doesn’t have as much heart as Monster’s, Inc. but it’s still Pixar and therefore still great. The girls loved it.
One of the traditions in my family growing up was to go to movies on holidays. So on the 4th of July, my parents babysat so that The Professor and I could go see White House Down with my sister, brother-in-law, niece and her boyfriend. Okay, let me preface this by saying, I love action movies. As long as the camera isn’t too jiggling, then my philosophy is the more beatings the better. Obviously this isn’t how I feel about my real world, but when it comes to theatre entertainment, I’m all for the shoot-em-up variety. So that being said, I love this movie. It’s nothing new, basically Die Hard set in the White House and well there’s Channing Tatum. So even if you’re not a fan of the action stuff, you get to have him in an undershirt and…wait I think I’m getting off track here.
I’ll say, though, that the biggest surprise for me has been Now You See Me. It certainly looked like a movie I’d like. I have a fondness for heist-type movies and the cast is stellar. I gotta say, it’s fantastic. Seriously if it’s still showing in your area, go see it. It’s clever and funny and surprising and really quite wonderful. It will definitely be one we’ll have to buy on Blu-Ray and watch again.
I’m not really sure what else this summer has in store for us, but I am looking forward to one movie in particular. It’s a sequel and I loved the first one. (see aforementioned affinity for action flicks) Red 2 comes out later this month and I CANNOT WAIT! I mean, come on, how can you not enjoy Helen Mirren shooting people out of both car windows? That’s fantastic!
So what are y’all looking forward to? Or what have you seen so far that you’ve loved or hated? Let’s talk movies…