Posted by: Staff | 01.11.2010

Starr’s Guide to the Movies of 2010

TYLER STARR ’10

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2010 brings the opportunity for a fresh start to many and marks our progress into a new decade.But what else does 2010 have in stock? For the class of 2010, it means that in June we will be graduating from high school, and in the fall, we will start our lives as college students! For the cinemas, this year promises a variety of diverse movies, ranging from long awaited sequels to seemingly original remakes. Here is a brief overview of some of the movies of 2010:

Can’t Wait to See:

Iron Man 2

Recently, superhero movie sequels have been without a plot and incomparable to the original comics, making them a complete failure. Don’t get me started on how bad Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 were. Despite this, Iron Man 2 looks amazing. Not only will Robert Downey Jr. return as Tony Stark, but Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle will be joining the cast. A quick viewing of the trailer is pretty strong evidence that Iron Man 2 will be action-packed and will hopefully have a strong plot.

Alice in Wonderland

Directed by Tim Burton, this version of Alice in Wonderland is sure to be an adventure. With an abstract and bizarre trailer, the movie will surely use computer animation innovatively. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, who worked together in Sweeney Todd, will have major roles in the film. Though it does look really weird, I can’t wait to see it when it comes out this spring.

Shutter Island

If you haven’t yet read any of Dennis Lehane’s books or watched Gone Baby Gone or Mystic River, you should know that his books are incredible. They are very plot-driven with strong characters and pressing stories. Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone are both movie adaptations of his books and were both nominated for Oscars. With Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character, Teddy Daniels, I can assure you the acting will be top notch.

Robin Hood

I guess if you were to ask me the one character that I would never expect to see Russell Crowe play, second to Judah Maccabee, I would probably say Robin Hood. Though this definitely does not look like a fairytale children’s movie, this new angle on who exactly Robin Hood was intrigues me. As much as I want to see Russell Crowe fight people (which he seems to do in all of his movies), I am more interested in how director Ridley Scott is going to turn this well known children’s story into an intense fighting movie.

Wait and See:

Clash of the Titans

Even though it seems to have action effects similar to those in 300, Clash of the Titans may not have a strong plot. Like many movies of the previous decade such as Transformers, directors get too carried away with special effects and forget about the most important part of the movie: the plot. Through directing The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, director Louis Leterrier demonstrated that he understands the importance of a strong story line. Regardless, I think it is best to wait for your friends to see Clash of the Titans before you do. Action movies recently have rarely been worthwhile, but maybe action movies in this decade will be different.

Youth in Revolt

This movie does look very funny. Starring Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover, Justin Long from Dodgeball, Accepted, and Live Free or Die Hard, and Michael Cera from Superbad, Juno, and Arrested Development, Youth in Revolt does have a very strong cast, but will this be another movie where Michael Cera plays a timid teenager? And if that is the case, I’ll just watch Superbad again. This could be Cera’s chance to break out of the same character and expose some of his different acting strengths. We’ll just have to see about that.

Toy Story 3

Disney and Pixar did a wonderful job on Toy Story and Toy Story 2; will Toy Story 3 be a great success or a disaster like Shrek 3? This trailer does show that Woody and Buzz will be back in action, and it shows a little bit of the plot. Though Toy Story and Toy Story 2 both had pretty simple plots, the spectacular animation and fun new characters made the movies very entertaining. I would be very surprised if Disney and Pixar made the wrong choice in making a third Toy Story, but it would be safe to resist the urge and wait for the initial reviews.

Shrek 4

Shrek 3 was terrible. The plot was really weak, and the few funny parts were barely comical. Shrek 4 is Dream Works’s chance to redeem itself. It looks like almost all of the main characters will be returning for this movie: Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss in Boots. I really hope this movie will be good enough for me to finally forgive Dream Works for what they did in Shrek 3.

Don’t See:

Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Just a little piece of advice: when you see that Nicolas Cage is going to be in a movie, make sure that you do not see that movie. Ghost Rider, National Treasure, and The Wicker Man were so bad with predictable story lines and poor acting choices. Cage is not the strongest actor; I think Ms. Yolles could teach him a few things about CROW (character, relationship, objective, and where you are). The only redeeming factor this movie could have is that, like other Cage movies, it is so bad that it is actually funny.

Hot Tub Time Machine

A hot tub where you can travel back in time? That seems a bit far-fetched, not to say I wouldn’t want one. Most of the actors in the film are second rate, and the jokes in the trailer don’t seem original or in the least bit funny. In fact, this could become the worst movie of the new decade because of the poor acting, simple plot, and hackneyed characters. I would stay very far away from this movie.

Grown Ups

Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and David Spade all were funny. They were at one point in time, but currently, with movies such as Click, these actors clearly are no longer the center of Hollywood comedy films. There also is no appeal in the plot of this movie: men who want to act young again. I thought that was what Wild Hogs was about. If only Adam Sandler could act like he did in Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Those movies were so good. Unfortunately I think this decade will be the end of former comedy stars Sandler, Schneider, and Spade.

Kick-Ass

There might be one or two cool fighting scenes in this movie, but that will probably be it. Sure, it is interesting to think about superheroes and whether they are taking the law into their own hands, but if you are interested in that, you should read Watchmen by Alan Moore, not watch a second rate action film. The title of this movie just shows no creativity and personally does not appeal to me.

We can only hope that this decade will raise the quality of films. If we all can just avoid poorly written movies, then maybe Hollywood will understand that movies need a strong plot, and maybe they will find a balance of interesting story lines and cool animations. In ten years, maybe 2010 Beaver alums will be running Hollywood. Who knows? We already have one alum who created a hit TV show, and I’m sure there will be many more.

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