Summer movies are like a buffet feast or salad bar at a popular restaurant.
There are lots of things to choose from, but which will be any good?
That’s the question fans face each
year when movie companies roll out their biggest and flashiest attractions
for the summer months.
Millions of dollars are spent making these movies, but which will deliver
a good time for viewers?
For kids and families, “Star Trek,” “Up” and a new “Night at the Museum” are already drawing thousands of fans.
But the big attractions are still to come: A new “Ice Age,” a new “Transformers,” a new “Harry Potter” and “G.I. Joe.”
Not to mention “G-Force,”
a 3-D blend of animation and
live action starring three trained guinea pigs as government agents!
If past ticket sales are an
indication, any summer with a Harry Potter movie is going to be successful for movie theaters.
This year’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is the sixth movie based on J.K. Rowling’s popular wizard hero, and the previous five have sold nearly $4.5 BILLION in tickets around the world.
“Half-Blood Prince” again finds Harry doing battle with the forces of the evil Voldemort, but also battling problems any kid faces when becoming a teenager.
Since many readers felt “Half-Blood” was Rowling’s best book, expectations are high for the movie.
Action, action, action
In addition to great stories, movie-goers love action in their summer
This year, kids and families will have plenty to choose from.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is the second live-action movie based on the popular action-figure toys, so
audiences can expect some wild battles between the Autobots and Decepticons.
Also inspired by a toy is “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” G.I. Joe figures have been popular since they were introduced in 1964, but this is the first time they have been featured in a live-action movie.
In this adventure, Joe and his team
of agents take on a weapons dealer threatening the world.
For those who like their action with
a touch of humor, “G-Force” offers a spy adventure with 3-D special effects and guinea pigs in leading roles. It’s hard not to smile when furry heroes are chasing the bad guys.
Animation to come
For some families, summer isn’t summer without animated movies.
Pixar’s instantly popular “Up” got the summer season off to a soaring start, and more animated films are coming out soon.
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is the third
animated movie following
the adventures of Sid the sloth, Scrat the squirrel and friends.
In this one, Sid finds a nest of dinosaur eggs while Scrat finds romance.
Also on tap for animation fans is “Ponyo,” an English-language version of the Japanese animÄ film “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.” It’s the story of a goldfish that wants to be human and features the voices of film stars Matt Damon and Tina Fey, plus Noah Cyrus, younger sister of Miley.