Screen Rant’s 2011 Summer Movie Preview

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:14 am,

June 2011

X-Men: First Class

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June 3rd

Synopsis: Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were arch enemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Our Take: First Class may be the biggest wildcard in the summer 2011 lineup. Most of the marketing and promotion for the film has been terrible (see the amateur-looking Photoshop posters) and the storyline takes many liberties with the X-Men movie/comic continuity… but still, the trailers have been somewhat impressive and McAvoy and Fassbender certainly seem to be the glue holding this film together.


Super 8

Elle Fanning in Super 8 movie Screen Rants 2011 Summer Movie Preview

June 10th

Synopsis: In this J.J. Abrams homage to classic sci-fi films, a group of kids accidentally capture footage of a mysterious creature via 8 mm film. Action, mystery and adventure ensue.

Our Take: The latest trailers suggest that Super 8 is going to be that healthy mix of exciting thrills and genuine sentimentality that has defined the best of Steven Spielberg’s work, and is shaping J.J. Abrams’ career as well. Count us in.


Green Lantern

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June 17th

Synopsis: A test pilot (Ryan Reynolds) is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Blake Lively, Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard co-star.

Our Take: A few weeks back, we would’ve said that Green Lantern had all the hallmarks of a major disappointment. What a difference a trailer makes. With some noticeably improved CGI effects and a more serious tone being revealed, Green Lantern now has the potential to be THE blockbuster movie event of summer 2011.


Bad Teacher

June 17th

Synopsis: A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher (Cameron Diaz) who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague (Justin Timberlake) — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher (Jason Segel).

Our Take: At first glance, this film looks like Bad Santa leftovers. Watching former off-screen couple Diaz and Timberlake feign onscreen romance isn’t the greatest selling point either…


Mr. Popper’s Penguins

June 17th

Synopsis: The life of a businessman (Jim Carrey) begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury co-star.

Our Take: Should be a cute, fun family film – one that allows Carrey to do what he does best (read: NOT dramatic roles).


Cars 2

June 24th

Synopsis: Racing star Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) teams up with his best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) for an international adventure as they go up against the world’s fastest cars. Michael Keaton, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Joe Mantegna, Cheech Marin and Jason Isaacs lend voices.

Our Take: In a summer filled with such promise, ironically enough this is one of the weakest Pixar offerings in years (which still makes it a good film). The Cars franchise appeals almost exclusively to kids, and Pixar’s usual penchant for telling poignant and profound stories in fun ways takes a back seat to a merchandising campaign. To be fair though, some clever spy movie satire should make Cars 2 more fun for adults than its predecessor was.


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  1. Now I can see where your frustration comes from. Let me switch gears from ‘Thor’, and ask you how you feel about ‘Green Lantern’ and the casting of Ryan Reynolds? Appealing to women that want to see him in the suit?

    • precisely. thats what they do in order to bring people in. ryan reynolds as the green lantern doesn’t really work for me, but its a lot better than the thor actor. reynolds is closer looking to hal-green lantern-jordan than the latter, but not quite there. i could go to watch green lantern, but…….errrrrhh.

      problem is, when the filmmakers start creating their own interpretations of what a comic-book superhero is, as a person, it becomes a betrayal in its own right.

      however, most people who go to the cinema don’t know anything substantial about these superheros, so they don’t give a darn, they just want to see the usual ideal love story (which would never happen in their lives, even given a million years), and all that, but what is getting to me is the lack of scope of the directors. the batman movies tend to work because he is, more or less, batman: and doesn’t get involved in the usual social and politically-correct stuff. batman challenges directors because he is hard to twist into their own screwed-up ideas. so, guys like myself will go out in their droves to watch him. he has a charm of his own. if you open a comic book, every superhero(ine) has a charm of their own. whats wrong with capturing that on screen? rather than turning it into a custome laden mills and boon masquerade. there is a tragedy in being a supehero, that also needs to be captured. and it is that quality that has kept a lot of comic-book enthusiats like myself hooked. not because were crazy, but because it makes absolute sense.

      a superhero’s life, from a concept point of view, is a precarious business. thor and green lanten, in the beginning, might do well in the box office, or not, but the realists in the crowd will eventually start turning their backs on those franchises if the filmmakers don’t get the casting, and balance between a superhero’s humanity and their hero nature right.

      seen the captain america trailer, too. personally, i like captain america. the guy cast seems to be alright, but i hope they keep the lovey duvey(or is it ”dubby”) stuff within cotext. i might watch that movie. the lead actor is not some quick-fix sex drone. he seems to have a little purpose to his stature.

  2. I wish They Make a Better Story line,At on Smile HIM.It’s not so much of The Action I hate, What they done there Chacaters,Poor steve rogers Doesn’t like joyful Happy man Used to be. Make me cry. Sad Depressed.I missed that he died.EVen just a Movie. Humor laughter.

  3. Too ME I love Adventures The Only thing I can’t stand IS That Getting killed,Frozce in the ice.That not way of a Hero.Wimpy Kid. I feel sorry for the cap.What a hero. Everybodys a Hero In own way. Ilove to be a Hero and Wear Cap And MAsk,EXt.I love to see The green LAntren,They alaways on the same time has the other movies. I only Can afford to see one at a time.Confussed With all there Changes.Keep to one look.other is borning without his wings.

  4. We Love you always,You Left where i be without you.On another Movie Holding out for a hero.

  5. I enjoyed Thor, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men: First Class, Super 8, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. And I’m looking forward to Captain America: The First Avenger, The Lion King 3D, The Thing, Transformers: Dark of the Moon