The story of my reaction to Thor -- how at first it seemed terrible, and then it seemed like a movie that everybody would hate but I might enjoy ironically, and then people seemed to enjoy it okay and so did I -- is kind of my reaction to the 2011 summer movie season. What once seemed awful now looks promising! What once looked great now leaves me a smidge cold!
Here's where I sit with them at the moment. I'd say they're subject to change, but the more I've seen/heard about them, the more my anticipation levels have solidified. Please do comment and tell me how wrong I am.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
Look, it's just a fact. These movies are for me, and I am for these movies. And all the best stuff from the final book happens at the end! This could may well be two and a half hours of me fighting back tears as each and every peripheral character gets their big moment. I have a thing about endings, okay??
2. X-Men: First Class
Much like with Harry Potter, I've decided I'm through with apologizing for why I'm frothing-at-the-mouth geeked to see my beloved mutants back on the screen again. Put it this way: I'm so excited for this movie that it made me watch X-Men: The Last Stand when it was on FX last weekend, hoping it might be better than I had remembered. I won't be making that mistake again (in one of Dante's circles of hell sits Brett Ratner promising Halle Berry a more prominent role in an eternal next movie), but regardless: James McAvoy won't do me wrong.
3. Captain America: The First Avenger
I remain wary of unnerving, skinny, Benjamin Button Chris Evans in the early going, but once his chest has been pumped up to sufficiently salivating levels, I am all about the Cap'n kicking some Nazi ass. I am equally all about this sequence of shots in the trailer:
Dominic Cooper likes what he sees, people. Dom likes it. Hayley Atwell also likes:
4. The Green Lantern
This thing looked like garbage the first time I saw a trailer. But whether through attrition or through finally putting its best footage forward, I'm really warming up to the idea of this. I never realized how much Green Lantern was all about aliens! Much like with Thor, I like how this movie seems to be embracing something about comic book superheroes besides stoic crime-fighting.
5. Super 8
I don't know what the problem is, folks. Everybody else is flipping out over the trailers, over the Spielberginess, over Kyle Chandler's hair (rightly so, there). I certainly will see it, but I'm less certain that I'm going to love it. That Spielbergian triumvirate of children/pets/aliens already seems a little pre-packaged, even moreso when you consider it's another director doing his Spielberg impression.
6. Cowboys & Aliens
I like Daniel Craig as much as the next guy, and Iron Man means I can't entirely disregard Jon Favreau as a director, but if I felt a whiff of pandering in the way Super 8 is being packaged, there's a full-on stench coming from the way this movie is groveling for geek approval. Also, I'm not convinced Harrison Ford didn't legally die in 1998.
7. Cars 2
Didn't see the first one. Won't be seeing this one.
8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Won't be seeing this one either, but also know that I will judge you if you do. What, the first two inept, ugly, lazy, stupid movies weren't enough to convince you that there are better ways to spend your air-conditioning refuge? Every time I see that shot in the trailer of that fish-lipped, functionally illiterate "actress" they got to replace Megan Fox, I want to throw actual tomatoes at the screen.