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Is there a thing of which it is said,
        “See, this is new”?
    It has been already
        in the ages before us. (Ecclesiastes 1:10 ESV)

It’s almost cliché now to say that there are no more original ideas, but this summer may be testament to that at least in Hollywood. Seriously, I look at what is coming this summer and it’s ridiculous. I collected comics as a kid but are those the only stories we have left to tell? Also, did something happen once the 21st century hit that movie producers received clearance to bring back everything from the 80s? These are my first thoughts at some of the movies coming out soon.

Thor (May 6)


I was never a huge Thor fan in all my comic book collecting. I always thought his costume was ridiculous. The new Thor? His costume might be worse as they bring the tale to a live action film. You can try to make it cooler but it’s the same old funny get up. However, the real question with all of these comic book adaptations is: Will they be Iron Man/Dark Knight or Spiderman 3/Fantastic Four? Thor looks like another clunker like Spiderman 3 but there is just one thing: It was actually directed by Kenneth Branagh. That gives me just a little hope that there might be some depth to it.

X-Men First Class (June 3)

This is the 5th movie that’s been made in the realm of these characters, this being another origin story harking back to when Magneto and Professor X were young. Looks interesting but you run into the same problem that you always do with many of these movies: too many characters to try to highlight just waters it all down and wrecks any semblance of a plot. One of the writers, Brian Singer, also did the first 2 X-Men movies (also the awful 2006 Superman Returns), not necessarily giving me any hope for an intriguing plot but it should be a lot better than the weirdness of X3.

Super 8 (June 10)

Written and directed by JJ Abrams (with some involvement from Steven Spielberg), this is one film that looks promising. Will it be the Inception of 2011? Probably not, but with Abrams at the helm, you know the story will be solid and there might even be some actual character development. Is it another alien movie? Who knows, I simply appreciate how the trailer leaves a few things to the imagination as opposed to most trailers that pretty much tell you the entire story (see any trailer for a comedy).

Cars 2 (June 24)

With any other studio, this film would beg the question: Why a sequel other than for the merchandizing and money? However, with Pixar and knowing how good Toy Story 2 and 3 were, count my kids and I in. When is the last time Pixar has tossed out a terrible showing? Even Ratatouille is a solid film.

Transformers 3: Return of the Plot Dark Side of the Moon (July 1)

Transformers 2 was a great example of why a franchise needs a reboot. I’m a child of the 80s and loved the first Transformers. I think I didn’t even see the second film until it had been out on DVD for a long time. Was there even a script for that film? I could just see them filming it telling Shia LaBeouf to run around acting like there were huge robots lurking about. What’s that thing about the matrix? Why are they in the desert? What are the parents doing there? Who cares, let’s blow stuff up and watch Shia running around with that freaked out look on his face and we’ll make a few hundred million dollars. Translation: I’ll take a pass on the third film directed by the same man starring the same people.

Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part 2 (July 15)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You’re either in or out on this series, there’s no casually going to see a Harry Potter film. Where am I at? Count me in. We know how it ends and the final sequence is so intense in the book, I have high hopes for the cinematic version. I’ll probably write more about this series after this finale is released.

Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)

Yes, it’s another comic adaptation but I might be more stoked to see this film than Super 8. The original Captain America finally in a decent film fighting the Nazis in World War II? Tommy Lee Jones? Tickets, please. So many potential themes going on here from the classic moralism of good against evil presented in our present denoblizing culture to the wrestlings of a weak man becoming the strong one, there could be a lot of meat here.

One side note: a Green Lantern movie? We can’t get a decent Spiderman movie with Venom or straightforward Hulk film but we’ve got a Green Lantern movie coming out?

The Smurfs (July 29)

Yes, this is no joke. Yes, it’s not even a cartoon but a live action film. Yes, it’s even in 3D. Is this for kids or adults? Could I even explain what the Smurfs are to my kids? Studios (and moviegoers) have way too much money to burn…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August 5)

I know this film stars James Franco, who I really like, but how many times can this series be rebooted? Why? I don’t understand the fascination with this series and why we need to keep bringing it back! Planet of the Apes to me will always be this absurd scene from the first film starring the late great Charleton Heston:

Conan the Barbarian (August 19)

I can’t even link to the trailer, I was laughing so hard. One final horrendous reboot to cap off the summer season.

In Closing…

There are loads of other movies coming out besides these and hopefully there will be a few diamonds in the rough. However, be careful not to waste your time or money on surface level junk masquerading as mere eye candy. Some films might be worth a shot, but with 95% of these films – why not enjoy the extra daylight and connect with your neighbors?

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

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