Summer 2010 Movies27.12.09 # Movie Releases # 20 Comments
With the good weather a distant memory, it’s time to look forward to the blockbuster movies of summer 2010.
The line-up features the usual mix of sequels (Iron Man 2), remakes/reboots (Robin Hood), big screen adaptations (The Last Airbender) and original fare (Inception). But this time there’s a sizeable amount of 80s retro, with The A-Team, The Karate Kid, The Expendables and a sequel to Predator.
So here’s Movie-Moron’s definitive guide to the summer 2010 movies:
Iron Man 2
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 7th May 2010
The red and gold suit didn’t see all that much combat in the first movie so expect that to be ramped up this time. Rourke (Whiplash), Johansson (Black Widow) and Rockwell (Justin Hammer) are the new trio of villains. With an expanded role too for Don Cheadle as Rhodes/War Machine, it seems like there’s one major character too many? Still, can’t wait.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 14th May 2010
It’s the 13th century and Robin Hood is an archer in the army of King Richard fighting against the French. When Richard dies, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering under a despotic sheriff. There he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion. Hoping to earn her hand and salvage the village, Robin assembles a mercenary gang to prey upon the indulgent upper class and correct injustices. …This story is too well worn for me. Originally it was going to be from the sheriff’s point of view – much more interesting.
Shrek Forever After
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews
Director: Mike Mitchell
Release Date: 21st May 2010
In this fourth installment, Shrek is feeling over-domesticated. He used to send villagers running in terror, now they ask him to sign their pitchforks. To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with the crafty Rumpelstiltskin. When the pact goes wrong Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. …I wish Shrek 4 had never existed.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina
Director: Mike Newell
Release Date: 28th May 2010
Hollywood finally makes an Arab the good guy. Oh wait, he’s Persian. Doesn’t count. Jake Gyllenhaal gets a tan for this adaptation of the long running, and jumping, video game series. He plays an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a world-destroying sandstorm. Also thrown into the mix is a dagger that can manipulate time. Producer Jerry Brukheimer is hoping this is another Pirates Of The Caribbean, i.e. a big budget much-loved pantomime.
Sex And The City 2
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth
Director: Michael Patrick King
Release Date: 28th May 2010
She may be dressed like a helicopter pilot, but Carrie and the girls are back. With their highly dubious celebration of materialism. Our sub-editor said there were literally gasps from the female audience when certain handbags or shoes came on screen during the first movie. It really is another world. The plot is still under wraps. Penelope Cruz and Miley Cyrus cameo.