Overall this summer movie season has been down. There weren't but a handful of movies that were opening night or even matinee worthy in my eyes. Here's my overall analysis of the 2012 summer movie season
The two best movies this summer were without question comic book inspired: The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. The Avengers had the most action, and The Dark Knight Rises had the stronger storyline. The Amazing Spiderman was also good, but paled in comparison with the other two movies. Also, Men In Black III, and the rock musical Rock Of Ages were both awesome. It was good to see Will Smith back on the big screen for the first time since 2008's Seven Pounds. Rock of Ages was fun, especially for fans of the 80s and classic rock. That is one must have soundtrack.
This would be a longer list had I actually went to see more movies. But of the movies I've seen personally and seen reviews and such on, there are four bad movies that stand out. These are Dark Shadows, The Dicktator, Battleship, and Sparkle. Tim Burton really messed the bed trying to remake a classic drama from the 60s. The Dicktator was corny, and showed why Sacha Baron Cohen needs to stop making movies. Battleship tried too hard to be like Transformers.Peter Berg, a favorite director of mine, simply failed in his attempt at box office magic or a good storyline out of a movie based off a popular board game. Sparkle was actually the better of these four. However, the plot and storyline were predictable. Only the music, Whitney Houston's final appearance, and Mike Epps's superb acting made this movie watchable.
There were some watchable movies and some that didn't completely stink. Some of the watchable ones were That's My Boy, Expendables 2, The Campaign and Ted. The Campaign and Ted were the "filthy"comedies of the summer and both were laugh out loud funny. That's My Boy also was. Adam Sandler has been hit and miss lately in his movies, and this one brought back a glimpse at why he has been highly regarded for years.
I saw Snow White and The Huntsman and was not impressed, but it wasn't terrible. The animated movies Madagascar 3 and Ice Age Contininental Drift did pretty well, although I have yet to see either one. Disney's Pixar annual summer movie Brave is also one I haven't seen, but it suffered from poor reviews and low box office numbers.
I also saw Tyler Perry's Witness Protection and it was better than I expected. It is not his greatest work, but its far from his stereotypical, Madea movies. It's a nice crossover.
I also did not see Magic Mike, had no desire to. But the movie was obviously popular among women, and even former and current male strippers. Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaghey, and the other guys really captivated that aspect of nightlife that is typically ignored.
Here's hoping the Fall movie season offers more flare.