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

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 6th, 2011 at 5:22 pm,

Best 3D Experience – Transformers: Dark of the Moon & Final Destination 5

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No one wonders whether the new Transformers or Final Destination movie is their thing; by now, you know whether or not you like or despise either, neither, or both franchises. The latest installments in each series tried to use the 3D factor as a means to appeal the masses – and both did a really good job of using said technology.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon arguably boasts the most impressive 3D sequences of any summer release (see: the massive Chicago set piece that concludes the film), but the first half of this threequel-closer offered little in the way of noteworthy 3D bang for your buck. Final Destination 5, by comparison, never really uses the extra dimension to draw moviegoers into the film’s setting like Dark of the Moon; however, FD5 did use 3D to really heighten the unnerving nature of its deadly mouse trap-like set pieces, starting with the collapsing bridge sequence in the very beginning.

Is it better then to have less, but stellar 3D, or more good 3D? Well, let’s just call it a tie for now. icon wink Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

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Most Disappointing 3D Experience - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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The fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise added some new (acting) blood to the mix, put Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow front-and-center, and streamlined the plot in part as a response to complaints about the bloated narratives of the previous two films. Just about everything in the movie still felt like a watered-down variation on what we’d seen in the other Pirate flicks… and yet On Stranger Tides managed to gross more than $1 billion worldwide – despite it also being what most people consider one of the least-impressive shot-in-3D productions yet, that is.

On Stranger Tides takes place primarily under the cover of night, in dimly-lit ship cabins or caverns; it’s a visually dark and murky film to watch, even in regular 2D. Forget being able to feel like you’re swinging around a chandelier with Jack Sparrow or riding a creaking ship at sea – most people who watched the four Pirates adventure in 3D struggled to even see what was going on.

It didn’t help that director Rob Marshall didn’t play around with the 3D format a whole lot either – and when he did, it was often in a very gimmicky fashion.

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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. garygriffith03@yahoo.com

  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.

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