With June winding up a tad bit on the mediocre side, I suppose it was time for a breather before summer finally pulled out its big guns. The studios are prepped and ready with something for everyone and its high time they started earning your hard earned cash again. Let’s delve a little deeper and see what’s in store to break box office records or get trampled along the way.
With its ever changing release date finally set for 9:00 p.m. June 28, its time for Michael Bay’s rock ‘em, sock ‘em, special effects extravaganzas to take over the summer’s box office as Transformers discover what’s lurking on the Dark of the Moon. With a real script on hand courtesy of more miss (Scream 3, The Skeleton Key, Blood and Chocolate, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Impostor, Reindeer Games) than hit (Arlington Road, The Ring) scribe Ehren Kruger, at least this time they have one. They’ve also brought along James Cameron’s Fusion cameras, replaced Megan Fox with a Victoria’s Secret model (Rosie Huntington-White), and scrambled up a better supporting cast in John Malkovich, Alan Tudyk, Ken Jeong, and even Frances McDormand! Cross your fingers that this installment harkens back more to the original than that dismal sequel.
Having been in the acting game for over 30 years now, it’s no wonder that everyone knows the name Tom Hanks. Aside from the fact that he’s also known for always giving a great performance no matter how lame the film he’s in (the Dan Brown adaptations anyone?), he’s also pretty keen when he’s sitting in the director’s chair. While his credits may only include That Thing You Do! and some TV episodes of Tales from the Crypt, A League of Their Own, and his own From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers, he definitely knows how to make for winning entertainment. With Larry Crowne, here’s hoping his re-teaming with co-star Julia Roberts (Charlie Wilson’s War) can be as charming as the trailer and TV spots make it look, and that co-writer Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) doesn’t over-saturate the thing with too much schmaltz. I believe in Hanks. For the kiddie set, there’s also some flick starring Selena Gomez called Monte Carlo involving mistaken identities and a Gomez-filled soundtrack.