Last week saw the arrival of one of the best action films to hit the screen this year in The Bourne Ultimatum. This week attempts to match that with a big and loud buddy action/comedy. I believe it is safe to say that this summer has had the last of its expected big hits and anything else that comes along in the dog days will be a pleasant surprise. Of course, I have been known to be very wrong in my guesses. Still, I feel pretty confident. While that buddy movie will try to prove me wrong, a new family comedy and a new fantasy will be trying to do the same thing. I won't be helping myself any when I go to see as many of these as I can.
Daddy Day Camp. (2007, 93 minutes, PG, comedy, trailer) A few years back Eddie Murphy starred in the $100 million hit Daddy Day Care. That was 2003. The Dads are back, albeit with another face in the lead. Rather than bring back Eddie Murphy (for whatever reason), they have brought in Cuba Gooding Jr. Looking to fill the hole that is the summer break, the Dads decide to open up a camp. Much comedy ensues. I cannot say that it looks all that good. Also, it is interesting to note, this marks the big screen directorial debut of former child actor Fred Savage. He has been cutting his teeth on television for years now, and we can now see how well he translates to the big screen. Well, someone can. Maybe.
Rush Hour 3. (2007, 90 minutes, PG-13, action/comedy, trailer) The first Rush Hour movie brought us the new buddy cops played by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. It was a fish out of water story with Chan coming to LA to work a case. The sequel played the same formula but took Tucker and sent him to Hong Kong, flipping their character positions. This time out both of these cops will be in new surroundings. Chan and Tucker find themselves in Paris fighting bad guys. Will this offer anything new? I doubt it. Still, both of these performers have undeniable charisma. That charisma will have to be used to great effect to carry this outing. I cannot say that my expectations are high, but I am sure it will entertain.
Stardust. (2007, 128 minutes, PG-13, fantasy, trailer) Seeking to prove his love, young Tristan ventures forth to retrieve a fallen star for his love, Victoria. What he finds is a woman named Yvaine, who is also being sought by the four sons of a king, as well as a witch seeking eternal youth. Not sure how well it will play out, but it looks visually striking and is based on a Neil Gaiman novel, so it will at least be worth a shot. The cast is promising, including Ian McKellan, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Robert DeNiro, Peter O'Toole, and Ricky Gervais.