So the summer season’s first official big tentpole movie, Thor, comes out this weekend. The other studios chose to not go up against it with anything substantial and rightly so. Thor will no doubt dominate the weekend. How well it dominates will be found out when we see the box office returns, but I imagine it’ll be pretty big. My guess would be between 80-100 million easy. I suspect it could be higher but I don’t know how well Thor as a character appeals to the modern masses. I read comics and it took me a little while to get really excited for the film. Not because I wasn’t interested in seeing it, but Thor is not one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe. But I hope we get something really fun and epic. It’s kind of refreshing to have a superhero film that will take place, for the most part, in a fantasy realm. The buzz surrounding the film seems to be, for the most part, quite positive. It’s currently at 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film did quite well internationally already so I hope that all adds up to Marvel giving us an excellent summer superhero film.
Of course, this film helps build up to the highly anticipated The Avengers film coming in 2012. So be sure to stay for the credits on Thor as there will be a quick sequence undoubtedly that will further tie Thor to The Avengers. I really like the world building that Marvel has been doing in their previous films. It’s something we don’t get to see in movies very much at all and it’s something I really like seeing.
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So other releases this week include the romantic comedy Something Borrowed starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. It doesn’t really look like it’s going to bring anything new to the romantic comedy genre but nowadays, what romantic comedy looks fresh? Also releasing wide is Jumping the Broom. I have not heard of this film, but I don’t imagine it will make much of an impact this weekend.
For those lucky enough, there are a few limited releases this weekend. Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence and Foster herself. I’d like to see this film if for nothing more than Gibson’s performance. Say what you want about the guy’s personal life, but the man can act. The story looks like it could be solid dramatic material surrounding the mental health of a depressed man and whether or not he’s able to find himself again. It looks like there will be some levity as well as the main character uses a beaver hand puppet to help overcome his troubles. The other big (limited) release is the grindhousian Hobo With A Shotgun, starring Rutger Hauer. This doesn’t hit my city until the 28th but I’m really looking forward to catching it in the theater. I’ve heard it plays well to the crowds wanting something dark, violent and b-movieish. You can check out the movie posters for these below (click the poster to see it bigger).