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

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

Best Animated Movie – Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 Po Furious Five Shifu Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

The Kung Fu Panda sequel didn’t exactly have a lot of competition, but it was nonetheless still the best computer-animated flick to hit screens this summer. Po the Panda returned in an adventure that boasted some clever and stylized martial arts action, decent use of 3D, and a surprisingly complex villain in the form of the fowl (sorry) figure known as Lord Shen (voiced by the always engaging Gary Oldman).

Where Kung Fu Panda 2 fell flat was in the area of story, not being able to fully realize its predecessor’s mix of genuine Asian philosophy with a more standard kid-friendly plot about an outsider discovering the inner strength he never knew he had. It was still a good movie overall and has been more than successful enough in theaters worldwide to ensure that Kung Fu Panda 3 (which the sequel directly set up, with its ending) should be arriving in the future.

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Most Disappointing Animated Movie – Cars 2

Larry the Cable Guy as Mater in Cars 2 Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

The original Cars remains one of Pixar’s least-liked films, so it’d be a stretch (if not a flat-out lie) to claim that there was a ton of excitement for the followup. That the trailers basically indicated Cars 2 could be re-titled The Obnoxiously Wacky Adventures of Mater left many an adult rolling their eyes. Why exactly then should Cars 2 be considered a disappointment?

Simple answer: It’s still a Pixar movie, a label that is generally synonymous with quality.

Cars 2 featured some truly stunning animation, but ultimately proved to be a pretty lackluster trip (pun intended). There was plenty of kid-friendly humor to go around in the sequel, but not enough in the way of interesting storytelling and truly memorable characters. Even most Cars defenders has admitted that its followup lacks the heart and simple-but-solid morals of the original.

On the plus side – Pixar’s next production, Brave, looks like a nice return-to-form for the studio. Go originality!

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Finally, the Best 2011 Summer Blockbuster Movie (and the box office totals for the entire list)

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.