Lately, I haven’t done a very good job keeping up with new movies, but frankly, there hasn’t been very many good movies out for a while. And nowadays the price of going to a movie is equivalent to buy a movie on DVD or Blu Ray, but you can’t get the experience of seeing a film for the first time on a huge screen anywhere else.
So far, this summer I have seen The Five Year Engagement, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Rock of Ages. I really enjoyed The Five Year Engagement, for several reasons. The first, being that it was written and starred in by How I Met Your Mother and Forgetting Sarah Marshall writer and star, Jason Segel. It also introduced me to Emily Blunt, who is an amazing actress on her way to the mainstream. The film itself was very good. Blunt and Segel had a chemistry that you don’t find in romantic comedies, which made it feel really real. While it followed the typical ‘chick flick’ dynamic (boy gets girl, boy looses, girl, boy gets girl back), it was in league with other Judd Apatow films, as he was a producer. The film was charming and hilarious, and I highly recommend seeing it. I’m looking forward to getting it on Blu Ray, but it still doesn’t have a release date.
Snow White and the Huntsman was pretty good. Kristen Stewart has forever stapled herself to the Twilight Saga. She played the damsel in distress as Snow White, but at times I felt like I was watching Twilight, which I am not a fan of. However, it was in the genre of medieval war. It had several battle scenes that I enjoyed. They included an open field battle, similar to Gladiator. A horse charge scene on a beach similar to Robin Hood, and a castle siege scene like Robin Hood and Kingdom of Heaven. While it has similar elements to my all time favorite films, I would have a hard time recommending it to someone.
Rock of Ages was in the same boat. I would have a hard time recommending it. The musical performances were excellent, and there were several funny scenes between Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. Julianne Hough stole the show in her second film in a starring role after the reprisal of Footloose. And Tom Cruise transformed into a rock God.
There are several movies that I am really looking forward to seeing. The first being Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The second is The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. I wouldn’t mind seeing The Amazing Spiderman. I wasn’t a fan of the original trilogy staring Toby McGuire, so I’ll be interested to see if it’s better. I’m also going to see The Watch, The Bourne Legacy, and The Campaign.