Sunday Discussion: What Will This Summer Be Like?
by Alex Billington
April 27, 2008
By the time I write next week's Sunday Discussion, we'll be well on our way into the summer movie season. Not only will Iron Man be out, but we'll have seen new trailers for The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, and Indiana Jones 4. Now I'm curious to hear about the buzz for this upcoming summer season. For the first time today I heard someone tell me that this summer is nothing in comparison to last year - although there were endless sequels hitting theaters, which meant the excitement had built over about seven years, by the end nothing had really delivered. Spider-Man 3 was a let down, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 was mediocre, and Transformers was the only one that a majority seemed to enjoy. What will this summer be like? Does it already look like it'll end up better than last year?
Whenever I talk about the summer and how excited for the movies I am, someone always has to remind me about Spider-Man 3. They say, well, we were this excited (if not more) for Spider-Man 3, and look how that turned out. We've all learned our lesson from that movie, but that doesn't mean every movie that is that hyped will turn out bad in the end. And I keep that in my mind heading into this summer season now. While I'm not trying to get too excited, there are some movies, like The Dark Knight, that just can't be bad, no matter what! Beyond that, there are numerous other great movies that I'm looking forward to that have built up my excitement to levels beyond last year. Can I really by more hyped for this summer than I was in April last year?
I'm wondering what we'll feel at the end of the summer and I'm trying to figure it out. I know it's impossible and even the movie studios won't help hint at what we can expect. I'm hoping this is going to be another "summer to remember," like 2003 or 2005, but there's no way to tell and it's probably worse off that I'm setting my expectations that high. At this very moment in time, I have a feeling we'll be looking back on 2008 as one hell of a year: Iron Man making his debut to replace Spidey, the beginning of a truly connected Marvel universe, Heath Ledger and the incredible Dark Knight, the beloved Indiana Jones returning after 19 years, a 1960's Mel Brooks TV show reignited, and yes, even the triumphant return of the stoner movie genre.
Who knows what could happen, but I'm excited enough to talk about it and I love speculating, especially when these are the last few days we have left. I'm wondering what everyone is thinking right now about the summer. Some of you are finishing school, others are getting out the summer clothes, and I'm wondering what the heck is going on in your mind! Am I the only one this excited for the summer of 2008? Please tell me there are some of you out there who are looking forward to the line-up this year more than you were last year. And please tell me this isn't going to be another summer full of let downs and mediocre hits! Don't let me down Christopher Nolan!