2012 Summer Movie Preview (Flick’s Report)

Posted on | March 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

Could this summer be full of Box Office smashes? Look at the lineup of films: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Men in Black III, Brave, ParaNorman, Battleship, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and many more films that have the potential to be blockbusters. It’s pretty easy to be overwhelmed by the schedule of films, so here’s an overview.

Here are the three films I am looking forward to the most this summer (in order of what I’m looking forward to the most.)3. The Avengers Technically this won’t be released in summer but because the rest of the press is including it in their summer movie previews I snuck it in mine too. After watching Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and Iron Man 2, The Avengers is finally here. Somewhere in between the making of these films it was announced that The Avengers, a film featuring all of the superheros shown in the Marvel films would join forces in an upcoming film. It’ll also be Marvel’s third 3-D film featuring superheros. One more thing: the action looks sickeningly fun.
2. Finding Nemo Pixar’s first 3-d re-release could prove to be cinemactically stunning in bold 3-D. I think the scenes of Marlin and Dory encountering creatures like Bruce, the angular fish and the jellyfish would look great on the big screen. The fish tank scenes however present a drawback for using 3-D because in those scenes you have to feel as if you are at a normal dentist’s office and adding the third dimension could spoil the fun.

1. Brave Pixar does it best and the trailers of their new medieval CG movie look astonishing. Pixar’s attention to detail is shown in vast proportions and the action is wonderfully choreographed. Even though, Brave’s trailer looks amazing, the finished product could turn out to be a failure because Pixar is taking a risk. Two unknown directors will be at the helm and not to say that a new director spells disaster, but Pixar rests it’s shoulders on John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and other members of the “brain trust” so deeply that letting an unknown give it a shot might not turn out so well. My hopes are high.

Here are some other films that you should be aware of before summertime.Men in Black III You don’t need to travel back in time to know that Men in Black III will be released on May 25th. It’s been ten years since Tommy Lee Jones and Will smith have starred in a MIB film. Is it the right time for them to return? Only the new film will tell. The plot? Agent J must go back in time to the 60s to save Agent K from being killed by an alien. Simple and sci-fiy.

Ice Age: Continental Drift The multiplexes will be drifting away on July 13th when Ice Age: Continental Drift is released. One of the family friendly films of the summer, Manny, Diego and Sid use an iceberg as their ship while their continent drifts away in their fourth adventure. Many franchises that will be releasing their first 3-D film this summer and Ice Age just happens to be one of them. The trailer has some made for 3-D cinematography and there are also quite a bit of new characters so I think Continental Drift might be just okay.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted They like to move it move it into theaters on June 8th. The 3-D is used to great effect in the trailer which I have now seen almost five times. The greatest thing about the trailer is that there is no bathroom humor (a.k.a. fart jokes etc.) except for maybe one of the animals being shot in the butt. This is another family friendly release for this summer and it will be competing against Continental Drift in box office gross. Personally, I am looking forward to Continental Drift more.

Titanic 3-D This year marks the 100th anniversary of the real ship’s sinking, making now the perfect time for James Cameron to re-release his 1997 film in 3-D. The film will also be shown in 2-D which is not usual for a 3-D re-release. The big question is: will Titanic have any chance competing against films like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Ice Age: Continental Drift? These franchises have built up audiences over the years and now they just might be able to throw Titanic overboard.

The Dark Knight Rises My guess is that not only will this be the highest grossing film of the summer but also that it will gross over $1.1 billion at the box office. Batman fans will watch the final film in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy unfold on screens starting July 20th. This will also be in IMAX adding even more to it’s box office gross. This could also be the highest grossing film of the year. My guess: yes.The Amazing Spider Man The 3-D looks astonishing especially in the last fifteen seconds or so of the trailer (I’ve seen the trailer in 3-D at the theater). Tobey Maguire is replaced by Andrew Garfield who recently starred in The Social Network. Other new actors include Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Dennis Leary and of course Stan Lee. A mistake people often make is thinking that this is a Marvel Studios film. Wrong! Marvel has the rights to all of their comic superheros except one: Spidey. The truth is that Sony Pictures Classics has the right to Spidey.

Battleship How can you turn a toy or game into a successful movie? That question has been floating around Hollywood for some time now, films like the Transformers films, the G.I Joe films and now the latest Battleship which will be docking at theaters May 18th. Taylor Kitsch who also recently starred in John Carter, will play a major role in the film as will Liam Neeson. Star power. Explosions. Big ships. Peter Berg will have to make some magic to make this work. The idea of a film based on the game Battleship is not exactly intriguing, however this could just turn out to be the surprise hit of the summer.

ParaNormarn Despite some bathroom humor, this claymation film seems to have a message and also looks different. What I mean by that is that nowadays we expect a certain thing when we see animated films: a film for young kids, funny, ect. but what looks great about ParaNorman is that while it has all of those qualities it adds something new. It adds a mix of slight horror to comedy to action to the story of a lonely kid who must find his place in life. The trailer has me hooked.

Prometheus Ridley Scott’s new epic, Promeheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. The sci-fi/epic/horror/action film blows up in theaters June 8th. While it won’t be the highest grosser of the summer, my guess is that it will be in the top ten. Fans of Scott’s past films will probably see the film and it features an all star cast which could boost up it’s gross.

There you have it. Those are eleven films that you might not see (I might not see) but either have a lot of buzz circulating around them or as with the top three films I am looking forward to the most this summer, I’m really excited about. In the meantime, happy ninety five days till summer and movie mayhem.



One Response to “2012 Summer Movie Preview (Flick’s Report)”

  1. flickflack
    March 18th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Awesome!!!!! Loved it! I am still, however, shocked that you want to see Finding Nemo in 3-D more than The Avenger. I Also have two other comments. One is which of the movies you listed but did not rank do you think you will see or can and want to see?And two is that also here are some potential blockbusters that you somehow managed to ignore: Rock of Ages, The Bourne Legacy, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Neighbourhood Watch, GI: Joe:2: Rettallation! Seeking a Friend For The End of The World, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Pirahna 3DD. I also have to mention Moonrise Kingdom, just because it looks so good.
    From, Flack

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