17 July 2006

Films of 2007 - A Sneak Peek - Part II

Continuing from Part I

May is sure to be a hot month, but the summer will just be getting started. In addition to some high profile sequels, and adaptations, the summer also has a couple of fresh ideas worth checking out.

Fantastic Four and The Silver Surfer - June 15

Marvel’s first family of superheroes, The Fantastic Four, meets their greatest challenge yet in Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer and confront the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before all hope is lost.

The first one did OK, but overall, it was a bit on the cheesy side. I think the addition of the surfer will bring back the crowds (even though I never really got his appeal, I mean, he's a silver naked dude on a cosmic surf board. Sure...) . Still, even with a bigger threat, increasing the camp may not be a good idea, but I don't see any realistic way they are going to have the Fantastic-Car withouth the camp-o-meter going through the roof. But, I am a sucker for the comic book films, so see ya there.

Ratatouille - June 29

Pixar, the creators of "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles" and "Cars" now cook up "Ratatouille," a delicious new animated-adventure centering on an ambitious French Rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a great chef. Because of his passion for cooking, Remy accidentally uproots his family from the French countryside to the sewers of Paris, and finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. When Remy helps create a soup that wins rave reviews from the world's most powerful food critic, he sets in motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that wreaks havoc on the entire city, allowing him to achieve the impossible and pursue his true gift. The screenplay, written by Academy Award-winning Brad Bird ("The Incredibles"), is flavored with a colorful cast of characters and exquisite French backdrops making "Rataouille" a tantalizing recipe of imaginative fun and unexpected delight.

Ah, Pixar. That plus Brad Bird = a surefire hit. The Incredicles is one of my all time favs, and the iron giant is great too. "Rats" looks to mix up the Pixar formula a bit as well. While I may not be the most excited for this film, it will probably end up being one of next year's best.

Transformers - July 04

Giant transforming robots bring their war to our world.

Don't know too much about this one, other than the fact that director Michael Bay loves to blow things up. This film may be a few years too late, but depending on if the spirit of the cartoon can be translated, this might be OK. Then again, I could see this being the big flop of next summer, especially if the focus is on the humans rather than the bots. As for the teaser footage, it not actually in the film. Also Bumblebee is a Camaro, Prime has a long hood, and noone knows what Megatron will be.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - July 13

Harry continues his adventures at Hogwarts. In this fifth installment, Harry seeks out the prophecy that may hold the key to why Voldemort wanted to kill him.

He is back again! Not many franchises put out a fifth film that doesn't totally blow. But I have complete faith in Mr Potter. These films have been handled very well. Having said that, this was not on the top of my list of favorite Potter books. It was overlong, and had far too much Grawp. Also, the resolution was sort of a let down to me. Lastly, this was the book where Expeliarmus became the most devestating spell a wizard could use. Then again, there are some scene which should be amazing on the big screen, and really even a bad Potter book is pretty OK.

10,000 B.C. - July 27

This epic tale centers on three stages in the development of primitive man, as seen through the eyes of a 21-year-old hunter from a primitive tribe who must hunt mammoth to survive.

All I know about this is what I wrote above. But if it is an epic story with a dude fighting Wooly Mammoths, it could be cool.

The Simpsons Movie - July 27

A goof by Homer at the power plant results in the government putting a dome over the city limits of Springfield

D'oh, are there really more stories to tell? Maybe only all the 30 minute variety are used up. I love the Simpsons, but I am not sure how many people are going to pay to see this when they can watch 3 or 4 reruns a day on TV for free. Surely the writers know that they really need this to be something special in order to even justify its existence.

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