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Wednesday June 25, 2008
Summer Movies So Far
I've been seeing just about a movie per week this summer. Here is how I'm ranking what I've seen. Note that I'm including a couple of things I rented recently in order to broaden the scope a bit.
1: Kung-Fu Panda
2: Speed Racer
3: Iron Man
The top three are close. It's hard to say which one should really be on top, so I'm gauging it by which one I think I absolutely must own first on DVD. Speed Racer was brilliant, and outshone its source material and campy setting. The marketing flopped, and the critics hated it, but it's a fantastic film -- it's what going to see movies is all about.
4: Get Smart
5: The Incredible Hulk
6: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
7: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Get Smart and Hulk were both really solid. Narnia wasn't bad. Indy suffers because my expectations for this film were set higher than any of the others, and because they could have done so much more with it. I've seen it twice, and the second time I took my two oldest kids who have both seen Raiders and Last Crusade. My ten-year-old boy summed it up in two great comments. First, when Indy appears picking up his hat in the opening of the film... "I don't want him to have to be OLD." After the film I asked him how he liked it... "Indiana Jones didn't swing on a vine even ONE TIME." For an Indy move to disappoint a ten-year-old it really has to do something wrong.
8: Futurama: Bender's Big Score
10: Bee Movie
A million: Jumper
For additional comparison, Raiders and Last Crusade would jump to the top of this list, taking the #2 and #1 slots respectively. And just TALKING about Indiana Jones is more interesting than the films I've got listed at eight and below.