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Tuesday July 15, 2008
Adding Hellboy II And Journey to the Center of the Earth to my list...
I saw Hellboy II and Journey to the Center of the Earth since the last time I blogged movies. Here's my updated rating for the summer:
2) Kung-Fu Panda
3) Speed Racer
4) Iron Man
5) Hellboy II
6) Get Smart
9) Indiana Jones
11) Prince Caspian
12) Journey to the Center of the Earth
I swapped Hulk and Wanted since the last time I rated these, because Wanted really stuck with me, and Hulk didn't. It's not really that important, though. You see, my list can be broken into three discrete pieces:
1) Wall-E, which I think is a five-star film, a solid 9.5-out-of-10.
2) Numbers 2-4 on my list, which are all four-star films, maybe four-and-a-half.
3) Numbers 5-12 on my list, which are all three- to three-and-a-half-star films.
I haven't yet seen anything on the big screen this summer that really let me down. I mean, besides Indiana Jones, but my expectations for that film were unrealistic, and looking back, I know that I really DID enjoy it.
Regarding Journey: see it in 3D, or don't bother at all. The plot is very linear, the characters are simple-but-likeable, so it's up to the effects to sell the whole thing. Without 3D they can't.
Regarding Hellboy II: With the exception of some botched writing just before the climactic fight, this was pretty much perfect delivery on the Hellboy premise. I guess that means the premise itself isn't the stuff of five-star films. I'm fine with that. I'll post my complaint about the writing in a spoiler-marked comment below.
This has been a fantastic summer for movies. My list of things I really, really wanted to see has been quite long, and I've been having a great time. And we haven't even gotten to Batman or Space Chimps yet.