Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 6th, 2011 at 5:22 pm,

Best Comedy – Bridesmaids

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Summer 2011 will go down as the season of the comic book movie and R-Rated comedy – and Bridesmaids was easily the best of the adults-only laughfests that hit the big screen between the start of May and end of August. Part of its success can be attributed to the balance of endearing character drama and raunchy humor that director Paul Feig and co-writer/starlet Kristen Wiig managed to pull off so well. That the film had its fair share of genuine laugh-out-loud scenes and chuckle-worthy moments aplenty also helped.

Since Bridemaids became a sleeper hit at the box office, there’s been discussion of not only a followup, but also an increase in the number of female-centric comedies being made in general. The idea that women can be as crude and funny as men is not revolutionary (or rather, it shouldn’t be) – still, it’s quite refreshing to learn that there are better chick flick sequels on the horizon than, say, Sex and the City 3.

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Most Disappointing Comedy - The Hangover Part II

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After we saw the first full-length trailer for The Hangover Part II, one thing was obvious: the setup for the sequel would be literally the same as its predecessor, minus a few insignificant changes (ex. setting). No one went to see this movie expecting the wheel to be re-invented; they were just hoping for a raunchy and wild comedy that was just as outrageously funny as the original Hangover. Did that happen?

Our (and most critics’) answer was a definite “no.” What worked so well in the first Hangover movie (the lewd gags, bizarre characters, etc.) felt tired and annoying in the sequel. The film’s cast and crew tried too hard to replicate the success of that sleeper hit in a cut-and-paste manner, resulting in a second Hangover flick that felt like too much a carbon copy of its predecessor, for most people’s tastes.

The sequel still raked in more than enough dough to guarantee that The Hangover Part III will happen. Take that as you will.

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  1. No no not green lantern… Did you see Thor… That movie was trash

  2. i agree that green lantern should have been a better movie.

    green lantern is a hero that did not need anyone knowing his

    secret identity.although when making superhero movies,the director/

    producers always show the fans their version of the superheroes

    origin instead of following whats inside the comic book. no one

    wants to watch every thing from comicbook to screen because the directors/

    producers cannot. the movie will be 3 to 4 hrs long. if there is

    another green lantern movie,it should be without certain characters

    and show us that green lantern can be an awesome movie. the fans would

    agree with me.

  3. The Green Lantern movie would have been more enjoyable had the director and screenwriters used the Silver Age Green Lantern comics as their main source of inspiration. Those particular issues were the products of people who were avid science fiction fans. Ryan Reynolds should have portrayed Green Lantern as a more resourceful and stoic hero.

  4. I will most likely not watch this year’s televised Oscar presentation but I can’t wait to see the ratings it generates in the North American market.I wonder how many Harry Potter fans will be willing to watch an awards event that ignores Alan Rickman’s outstanding performance in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, Part 2. The final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy might have won a whole slew of Oscar statuettes but the last of the Harry Potter movies featured fine performances from the people who appeared in it.

  5. I wonder what was the percentage of those filmgoers who disliked last summer’s Thor movie because it was based on Marvel’s superhero character instead of the actual Norse god? And, I wonder how many of those people who wanted to watch a based that was based on the Norse legends are actually white supermacists? I tend to suspect that those Hollywood types who openly disparaged TRANSFORMERS 3 also disliked such movies as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, part 2 and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,too.

  6. From the point of view of someone who has never read comics, nor cared to (as I’m a 32 year old single female), yet enjoys a good action flick, this movie was just fine. I won’t claim that it is the very best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s a solid 3.5-4.0 out of 5.0, in my opinion. It seems the biggest complaints are from those who are fans of the comics, but when you think about it, most of the world doesn’t faithfully follow comics, so if you’re able to separate the comic from the movie you’re likely to be satisfied with the film. In fact, I am looking forward to a sequel.

    • THE AVENGERS is a well made, satisfying movie although it borrows more from the animated TV series of the same name and less from the actual comic book stories. However, I personally think that the Avengers movie actually improved upon the origin story which appeared in the first issue of The Avengers comic book.That issue first appeared on the newsstands around June 1963. By comparison, many baby boomers tend to revere George Pal’s 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel THE TIME MACHINE although there were film critics who disliked that movie when it was initially released since its story deviated from the novel from which it based.