Week four of blockbuster season is here. It is also a holiday weekend, so expect some big numbers. This is shaping up to be the biggest one of the season, with two potential big dogs duking it out for supremacy. Of course, my main focus is quality entertainment with dollars a distant second, but it is fun to see gaudy numbers on movies I like. In any case, this weekend should be fun!
Terminator: Salvation. (2009, 130 minutes, PG-13, science fiction/action) Early word for this big money sequel is not good. Most seem to be praising the effects, plus the fact that there is a lot of daylight action, while deriding the muddled structure and general poor story. Will this have an effect on the box office? Probably not. Those who want to see it, myself included, will see it regardless of what reviews say. I hope it is not as bad as the advance buzz. In any case, this movie takes us where we've wanted to go since the original film. We get to see the future war with John Connor leading the fight. The cast includes Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, and Bryce Dallas Howard, working for director McG.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. (2009, 105 minutes, PG, comedy) The original film proved to be a big hit over the Christmas season. Will the sequel do the same for the summer? I am sure the suits hope it will. I enjoyed the original, it was funny, clever at moments, and was just a good time at the movies. This new movie shifts location from the Museum of Natural History in New York to DC's Smithsonian. It also features the return of the mystical tablet and a number of our favorites from the first film. The trailer looks pretty funny, especially the moments with Bill Hader as General Custer. The cast also includes Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Jonah Hill, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, and Ricky Gervais.