In Theaters This Weekend: Summer Movie season begins by bringing the hammer down

6 May

It’s been a loooong winter when it comes to new movies. Not only did we have to sit through two Nicolas Cage flicks, but we got an action movie starring Seth Rogen (??), a Liam Neeson remake of a Liam Neeson movie (???), and a “Big Momma’s House” sequel that got his son into the cross-dressing mix (????). How much more does Hollywood expect us to take!? But luckily, after making it across the frozen wasteland, we’ve finally made it to greener pastures, and after a surprising soft open last weekend with Fast Five raking in $80 million, the summer movie season officially opens this weekend in true fashion, with a heavily hyped superhero movie.

Thor, the God of Thunder in Norse mythology, made famous in the pages of DC comics (and Adventures in Babysitting), gets his long-awaited big screen debut this Friday, with an A-List cast backed up by Shakespearean actor/director Kenneth Branagh. Starring relative newcomer Chris Hemsworth as the immortal Thor, and supported by Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, not to mention Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kat Dennings thrown into the mix, in a big budget blockbuster helmed by a guy who knows his way around a story. As the story goes, Thor, kind of a loose cannon on his homeworld, gets banished to Earth as punishment, with the job of protecting us humans from ourselves. However, back at home his evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) attempts to overthrow their father and take over the kingdom, and sends a couple of nasty characters down to Earth to keep Thor busy while he follows through with his plan. Thor must save us here on Earth, while making his way back home to save his family. Standard superhero stuff, but with Branagh behind the film, one can only wonder what kind of Henry V allusions we’ll get. But if we can get a superhero movie loosely based on the Bard’s work, it might just be the perfect storm of great script, great performances and great special effects that could rank this right up there as one of the best summer movies of all time.

And while all the men in the world are checking out Thor, their wives and girlfriends will be packing the theaters to see Something Borrowed, your standard chick-flick starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson. As the perpetually single Rachel, Goodwin stars as the brainy brunette, opposite Hudson’s blonde and overbearing Darcy. As best-friends, the relationship is strained as Darcy begins dating Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the dreamy law student that Rachel has a secret crush on, and years later when Dex and Darcy are set to walk down the aisle, the truth comes out that the chiseled hunk is actually in love with the mousey best friend, and Goodwin’s Rachel must learn to be a little proactive if she wants to win her true love. With a bit of relief in the form of John Krasinski (who may or may not be the gay best friend – we can’t tell from the trailer), the movie is formulaic, and is based on a chick-lit best seller, but is the perfect antidote to the testosterone fueled Thor. If only the sexes can refrain from crossing theaters, everyone should be happy this weekend.

In Limited Release: In case you were morbidly curious, remember that movie The Beaver starring Mel Gibson in his first role back from his crazy summer vacation? It was that movie where he was down on his luck and turned to a cuddly hand puppet to help him break out of his funk. Well, that’s coming out in select theaters, so if you really wanted to see that, feel free to check to see if it’s in your area. And if you’re in a grindhouse mood, check out Hobo With a Shotgun, starring Rutger Hauer in a role that shouldn’t be much of a stretch for the actor, who has been out of the limelight for years now. This year’s version of Machete, it should be a blood-splaterring good time.


One Response to “In Theaters This Weekend: Summer Movie season begins by bringing the hammer down”

  1. august belmont June 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    kat dennings is nothing but annoying.make her go away PLEASE!!!


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