June 27, 2010

Where Have All the Summer Blockbusters Gone?

It's summer time, which usually calls for big blockbuster movies. Will Smith's "Independence Day" or Michael Bay's explosion fest "Transformers" (and "Transformers 2"). However, this summer I don't see any. The only movie that seems to fit the usual mold would be the "A-Team" starring Bradley Cooper from the comedic blockbuster "The Hangover." It was released the same weekend as "Toy Story 3" (the final installment), which kicked it's ass!

That's right... the summer blockbuster is "Toy Story 3" ladies and gentlemen. I don't see any other movies being released that include big explosions, cool guys and hot chicks that usually form a summer hit at the box office. Of course, the 3rd installment of the Twilight saga "Eclipse" is going to do really well but it's not because of it's summer release. It could be released in October and make millions; therefore, I don't classify it as a 'summer blockbuster.'

What are Hollywood production companies thinking? Isn't this the season where they want to roll out big movies? It seems to be a formula that works so why aren't they taking advantage? One movie that could become a major flop or major success is Angelina Jolie's thriller "Salt." She is a government agent who gets accused of being a spy so pulls a Jason Bourne and takes on the world. Angelina hasn't starred in this type of role since "Wanted" in 2008. It didn't do overwhelmingly well, but it showed guys still wanted to see hot chicks blow stuff up.

A movie I thought would want to be released in hot summer times is "Tron." Yes, based on the corny eighties video game. I think studios got scared because "Star Trek" the movie, which had high hopes but didn't make them as much money as they wanted. I saw the movie "Star Trek" and it was awful, but I'm not really a fan of the original show either. I think movie companies want to make sure they either pay proper homage to the original, or completely separate from the original (i.e. Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," which had Alice as an older girl coming back down the rabbit hole). "Tron" looks visually stunning and stars Jeff Bridges (could there be a cooler actor?) who just won an Oscar. I think Hollywood missed the boat by not having this movie released in the summer, but I guess we'll have to wait until December to find out.

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