Yet again remakes and sequels have dominated the summer blockbusters, most of which haven’t lived up to the original films including Evan Almighty and Rush Hour 3. Amongst the more disappointing sequels were Spiderman 3 and Pirates 3, both of which tries to resolve the unanswered questions of the previous films, whilst introducing a number of new characters. This resulted in rushed entrances for the new characters, which took away from the central characters and added to the length of the films.
Luckily, not all of this summers sequels have been bad; Die Hard 4.0 was filled with non-stop adrenaline fuelled action right from the start; Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix was a nice addition to the series that became darker as it progressed; and The Bourne Ultimatum was an action packed suspenseful thrill ride with a number of twists and turns in the plot.
Transformers was without a doubt the best film of the summer, it was entertaining from start to finish, helped greatly by a blend of comedy, action and superb special effect, which made the time fly by.
And now onto what in my opinion was the most disappointing film of the summer, The Simpsons Movie, which shouldn’t be surprising when you look at the decline in the quality of the TV show over the last few years. The first half hour of the film showed some real promise, unfortunately most of the jokes had already been overplayed in the trailers and resulted in the rest of the film feeling like an extended episode from one of the newer series.
This summer has also seen its fair share of comedies, the best two of which were Knocked Up and Run Fatboy Run, both delivering big laughs from a great cast.
Now that summer (and this article) is drawing to a close there are a number of films on the horizon that are definitely worth looking out for including; Hitman, 30 Days of Night, Death Proof, Halloween, Superbad, 3.10 to Yuma, The Brave One, Shoot ’em Up, The Assassination of Jesse James, and Sweeney Todd.
First published in The Orbital (September 2007)