The films playing at my local Regal Entertainment theater as of today, June 21, 2011 are as follows: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”; “Green Lantern 3-D”; “Super 8”; “X-Men: First Class”; “The Hangover II”; and “Bridesmaids”. Now let’s break down each one to determine if we should feel inclined to pay to see any of these.
Theater #3 blesses us with the showing of the new “Super 8” – a trailer I have seen over 100 times on television in the past two weeks. Still, the trailer is typical for Abrams by not giving away too much about the movie. Director J.J. Abrams along with the presence of Spielberg brings us a cast of no-namers in “Super 8” who begin noticing strange things occurring in a small town and begin to investigate the phenomenon. Unfortunately, this film has the look of taking us through an experience only to let us down at the end. Is this just a marriage of “Blair Witch” meeting “E.T.” and “Stand By Me?” Child actors are dull and the genre here is appears to be completely overdone while totaling lacking the element of suspense of surprise.
We head over to theater #5 and see the sequel “The Hangover II” as if the first one was not forgetful enough. This goofy and careless movie focuses on the years after the bachelor party in
The last theater is #6 and is showing “Bridesmaids”. Kristen Wiig is “Annie” who is neither talented nor funny, plots to make her way through the rituals of a wedding with other bridesmaids as her own life is falling apart. This is a “Saturday Night Live” cast at best and very rarely does anyone from that show really make an impact on the big screen in the cinematic-quality sense. This is just another movie that tries to show us how funny the female-sex can really be on screen. It neither qualifies as great comedy nor as anything memorable.