Blockbuster season – the highs and lows

2011-09-09 14:08

Before looking forward to what Tinseltown has to export for the Christmas season, here’s a look back at the good, the bad and the forgettable of the winter movie season.

This season’s big-budget movies arrived with a thud as Chris Hemsworth showed mere mortals why he and his golden abs had been chosen to leave Asgard in search of adventure. Thor is the third of Marvel’s Avengers.

Captain America is immortalised by Chris Evans, who also went all out in the abs department.

Both Thor and Captain America though are precursors to next year’s The Avengers, which is threatening to be the be-all and end-all of blockbusters.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing about this year’s big-budget season, apart from the two super-torsos, is that almost everything – warranted or not – got the 3D treatment. The one that gave me the biggest headache of all was Transformers 3 in 3D. It was exhausting. The most disappointing 3D effort was Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern. He may have got the abs part right, but the rest was a flop.

Talking of disappointments, the season’s stalled sequel was Cars 2, which went once too often around the race track. But Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean crew proved that no one can get enough of a good maritime adventure. It was the season’s best sequel. Fast 5 was also in poll position in the best sequel race.

As for my favourites of the season – none needed the 3D gimmick to make it a keeper. The X-Men prequel First Class was, well, classy and didn’t fall into any of the traps that are inherent in films that rewrite the history of previous movies.

As for Cowboys and Aliens, it gets my blockbuster of the year award for originality and the smarts it took to pair Indiana Jones and James Bond to fight aliens in the Wild West.

It’s hardly a surprise that Steven Spielberg’s name is on the producers’ list. After all, no filmmaker knows more about the blockbuster than the director of 1975’s Jaws, which drew 67?million Americans to the box office.

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