Alright, here we go…
Shrek The Third – a funny movie (I loved the part where we see The Gingerbread Man’s life flashing before his eyes) but it’s missing a plot and just feels like a direct-to-DVD movie. No rip on the film’s enjoyability factor; it’s merely a lesser film than the other two.
28 Weeks Later – Yawn. After a high-energy opening which could induce heart attacks in those prone to heart issues, the film reveals itself to be nothing more than a gore reel with cardboard characters with no definition whatsoever. The first film is a masterful look at humanity on the edge, with well-articulated characters and a storyline that resonates. This sequel is a big letdown.
So far, the summer movie season – adding in Spider-Man 3 has been 0 for 3 for me. Three sequels, all have been sub-par. I was not a fan of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, finding the comedy to be far too prevalent. From what I understand, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End is darker, with less hijinks and more plot. I sincerely hope so.
But most of all, I’m really looking forward to seeing Bug this weekend. William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection, Sorcerer) directed it, it’s based on a play by Tracy Letts (he also wrote the film’s screenplay), and looks to be a truly terrifying piece of psychological horror. It’ll be nice to see a smaller budgeted film amongst the maelstrom of summer movie mania now taking over movie theaters. Also, Waitress finally comes out here this weekend! Yay! The late Adrienne Shelly’s writing and directing debut stars Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion and is a movie I’ve been very eager to see. Poor Mrs. Shelley was murdered by an illegal immigrant construction worker after she’d complained of the noise the construction crew was making. From all accounts, this film is a lovely slice of cinema and to support her vision and also the career of Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the very awesome Firefly and Serenity), I’ll be seeing this the very first chance I get.