BUT there were some things I really dug, some things I hated.
So- if you are curious- here are my top 3 movies of summer 2010 and my most disappointing 3 as well.
TOP 3 SUMMER 2010 MOVIES (in order of favorites):
PRINCE OF PERSIA- Fun, entertaining, some great action. A solid B movie that wanted to be nothing more. Sometimes good enough is much better than movies with a reach that exceed their grasp.
GROWN UPS- Yeah, yeah. I know. But look, as a guy nearing 40 who practically grew up with these actors AND as a guy nearing 40 who could relate to the character's mid life crisis plights, this was pure win for me. Funny, gross out, old school stupid Sandler humor along with a bit of heart. What's not to love?
INCEPTION- I had some issues with it but so what. Imaginative, creative as hell, and smart.
RUNNER UP: THE LAST EXORCISM
MOST DISAPPOINTING 2010 SUMMER MOVIES
(in order of ones that bummed me out the most):
IRON MAN 2- Blech. Dull and overblown and missing the heart and soul and spirit that made the first such a blast.
TOY STORY 3- Yes I cried at the end. LOVED the ending. And I LOVED the Night/Day cartoon that kicked off the movie. The rest tho was typical Pixar: too long, too emotive, lacking a fresh narrative drive. Toy Story 2 was the last great Pixar movie. All the rest since then have had flashes of brilliance but they just don't hang together.
THE KARATE KID- Meh. LOVED the original. LOVED the casting of Smith and Chan. But this movie needed more heart, a few more script tweaks, and a director who can shoot fight scenes that the audience can follow.
RUNNER UP: THE A-TEAM
To be fair, some stuff I have not seen yet: ROBIN HOOD/MACGRUBER/GET HIM TO THE GREEK/KNIGHT AND DAY/AIRBENDER/SORCERER'S APPRENTICE/SALT/SCHMUCKS/OTHER GUYS/EXPENDABLES/SCOTT PILGRIM/PIRAHNA/SWITCH
I'll be catching those on blu ray in the next few months. For now, bring on the Fall! Looking forward to The American!