Aside from the books I’ve read, I’ve managed to keep up with the current summer (U.S.) season of movies. I’m still not sure, though, if I’ll watch “Captain America: the First Avenger” in the movie house.
When I watch movies in the theater, my mind-set is basically to leave my brain at the entrance, and go in with the intention to enjoy the movie. I actually enjoyed all of the movies below, no matter what the critics may say.
1. Kung Fu Panda 2
This is probably the best of the lot, so far. The movie is a wonderful blend of drama and comedy, with thrilling moments and insightful dialogue. Hands down, unless “Cars 2” or “Happy Feet 2” are any good, this is my bet for best animated feature in next year’s Oscars.
I didn’t realize until later on that this was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who’s better known for his Shakespeare than for superheroing. Branagh brought in a Shakespearean quality of story-telling in his interpretation of the thunder god. I wasn’t very taken with the movie when I first saw the trailer, but it’s a good rendition of Thor, and how he needed to learn humility.
3. X-Men: First Class
For this movie, I had to detach myself from what I knew of the X-Men from the comics and the first three movies, and simply watch the movie at face value. The inaccuracies to the comic aside, “X-Men: First Class” is a great introduction to the relationship between the two greatest mutants, Charles Xavier and Magneto.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The last of the “Harry Potter” series didn’t pack as much punch as I thought it would, but it’s still a stirring ending to the series which chronicled the adventures of the Boy Who Lived. I think that, given the length of the previous movies, more time could have been spent in developing the story in this one, which “only” ran a little more than two hours.
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The last installment of the “Transformers” trilogy packed a lot of punch in terms of action and dazzling special effects, but, since Optimus Prime and Bumblebee were the closest in resemblance to the cartoon renditions, it was difficult feeling anything for the other Autobots and Decepticons who bought it in this movie. Still, it had its moments, and was still wonderful to behold on the big screen.
6. Green Lantern
While the special effects were great, admittedly, the story was on the lightweight side. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie, though I realize that pushing a sequel is going to be a big challenge, given the film’s paltry take at the box office. It’s a pity, though, I would’ve liked to have seen the development of Sinestro into a villain.