Before we dive into what fall has in store, let’s take a look back at summer’s biggest blockbusters, and movies that still have us wondering why they were ever made in the first place.
Summer Hits and Misses
The number one movie at the box-office this summer, and of the whole year so far, was “The Avengers”. Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the “Avengers” slashed and burned the competition in the movie, as well as at the box-office. Even Batman and Spiderman were no match for the gang of superheroes, even though both of their films were among the biggest hits of the summer.
Other hits this summer included “Brave,” which proved that a female hero could draw boys, as well as girls, to this Pixar hit; “Ted” which proved that a foul mouthed teddy bear could score with the ladies as well as audiences; “Men in Black 3” showed that Will Smith vs. creepy aliens still has appeal; “Snow White and The Huntsman” put an action edge on the fairy tale; “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift” brought droves of families to theatres; “Magic Mike’s” surprising success showed that male strippers can bring it on and, “The Bourne Legacy” proved that the series could go on without Matt Damon.
In the middle of the road category, “Prometheus” could bring fire to the Earth, but created a relatively small blaze with ticket buyers; Oliver Stone’s “Savages” battle between drug cartels and small time dealers sold more tickets than “Wall Street II;” “Hope Springs” was another showcase for Meryl Streep and a grumpy Tommy Lee Jones (who earlier went back in time in MIBIII); “The Expendables 2” brought 80’s and 90’s actions stars (the decades, not their ages) back to make our day while “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Step Up 4” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Witness Protection” did well enough to keep those respective series alive. Even Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis survived “The Campaign.”
Finally, in the why did they make this movie category “Battleship” proved that you need to actually have a story when you make a movie from a board game; vampire hunting, even if the hunter is Abe Lincoln (“Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) is not a reason to elect someone president; when you remake “Total Recall” don’t forget to go to Mars; when you make “The Watch” find somebody more funny to fight than aliens and if you made “Borat,” don’t expect the same lightning to strike twice.
Fall Movie Outlook
Like the summer, the fall season has something for everyone, but is also the time when more serious films are released so they don’t have to compete with the big budget blockbusters of summer. It is time for serious, Oscar baiting films along with some horror and other genres thrown in for good measure.
This fall is no exception as Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” Viola Davis in “Won’t Back Down,” Tom Hanks in “Cloud Atlas” and Steven Spielberg’s bio of “Lincoln” look to click with audiences searching for thought provoking fare and to gain the favor of the Academy. Critic’s fave (and audience pleaser) “Finding Nemo” is also back, this time in all the splendor of 3D.
Moviegoers who can’t get enough of sports will be interested in “Trouble With the Curve” in which Clint Eastwood returns to the big screen as an ailing baseball scout who takes his daughter (Amy Adams) along on the road for a recruiting trip. Hopefully there are no empty chairs in this movie. “Chasing Mavericks,” explores riding big, dangerous waves in this serious-minded surfing movie based on the real life story of surfing legend Jay Moriarty.
Fall is also when horror films are released to take advantage of Halloween. This year audiences looking for a scare can take in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “House at the End of the Street,” “Sinister” and “Paranormal Activity 4” among others. Even kids can get into the Halloween spirit with “Frankenweenie” from Tim Burton and “Hotel Transylvania” starring the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Andy Samberg.
Finally, the blockbusters return this fall as Daniel Craig celebrates 50 years of 007 movies by starring as James Bond in “Skyfall.” Another blockbuster audiences can really sink their teeth into is “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2,” the second of two of the most eagerly anticipated films of the season. Yep, something for everyone.
What movies are you most looking forward to seeing this fall?
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