Top 30 Biggest Summer Movies Of 201213.09.11 # Summer Movies # 15 Comments
That’s My Boy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Vanilla Ice
Director: Sean Anders, John Morris
Release Date: 15 June 2012
A disagreeable father (Sandler) moves in with his son (Samberg) and the young man’s fiancee just before the son is to get married. The father and fiancee immediately clash. Badly. The 12 year age difference between father and son is explained by Sandler’s character having had sex with a teacher while in high school. The movie is produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions (Jack & Jill, Zookeeper, Grown Ups). One of the directors helmed Sex Drive. My hunch is watching Adam Sandler arguing with Leighton Meester isn’t going to be very funny, I can’t remember the last time I even cracked a smile at Meester and Sandler shouting at a young woman will likely come off as mean. But let’s see.
Jack The Giant Killer
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor
Director: Bryan Singer
15 June 2012 Update: Pushed To Next Year
Fantasy/adventure film based loosely on the fairy tale. A young farmhand (Hoult) unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants thought only to exist in legend. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost. Jack must fight for a kingdom, and the love of a brave princess. Director Singer is looking to redeem his box office fortunes after Superman Returns and Valkyrie. Tucci plays the villain, an adviser to the king (McShane) with designs on usurping power. Bill Nighy will play one of two heads on a giant. Like Snow White and Red Riding Hood, this seems to be part of a recent trend for turning children’s stories into exciting action/thriller pictures, taking something fundamentally uncool and trying to make it so – not quite feeling it myself.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Release Date: 22 June 2012
This sounds like a SNL skit, but it’s got a $69 million dollar budget behind it and is being played seriously. Adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, this is directed by Bekmambetov (Wanted) and produced by Tim Burton. Relative unknown Walker is the young Lincoln, Winstead is his wife. It’s a 3D ‘re-imagining’ of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th U.S. president as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires, on a mission of revenge against them and their slave-owning protectors since they killed his mother. This version will probably become better known than the real history which says something about where society is headed.
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson
Director: Mark Andrews
Release Date: 22 June 2012
In the mystical, rugged Scottish Highlands, Merida (Macdonald) is an accomplished archer and the unruly daughter of King Fergus (Connolly). When she defies a sacred custom of the land, bringing turmoil, she must seek out an eccentric old Woman (Walters) and deal with the three lords of the kingdom (Coltrane, Ferguson, Kevin McKidd) to put things right. Brave is the first Pixar movie to have a woman as its lead character. After their critical misstep with Cars 2, this is a chance to prove they’re still the best in the business.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Starring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki
Director: Jon M. Chu
29 June 2012 Update: Pushed To Next Year
Original director Stephen Sommers has left the franchise and, unusually, so have most of the characters. Including Cobra Commander, Baroness and Destro. In fact only Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun), Snake Eyes (Ray Park), and Duke (Channing Tatum) remain from the first movie. Some big names have taken their place – Dwayne Johnson will play Roadblock and Bruce Willis is General Colton. Ray Stevenson will be the main villain, Firefly. Other additions include Elodie Yung as Jinx, D.J. Cotrona as Flint, rapper RZA as Blind Master, Joseph Mazzello as Mouse, and Adrianne Palicki as lead female Lady Jaye. Worringly the new director’s resume consists of dance movies, such as Step Up 3D. I’m curious to know why this series has been shaken up so brutally, and what Dennis Quaid did to deserve the sack. Then again Willis is an upgrade for Quaid and Johnson is an upgrade for Marlon Wayans.