It’s my favorite time of year again. I let myself over indulge in guilty pleasures from Hollywood…summer movie blockbusters. Spiderman 3 opened and I had the perfect excuse to check it out, my 15 year old nephew was over for the weekend. I went online to www.fandango.com, bought 3 tickets for the 7pm Saturday evening show because even Bill came along, breaking his “I won’t go to a movie on a Saturday night especially on opening weekend” vow. Fandango has civilized the act of movie ticket purchasing. Check for movie online, purchase, go to theatre, print ticket, buy popcorn, enjoy movie. The ancient days of waiting in line for hours to get a movie ticket are gone. Yes, I know, the $1.50 fee, well, one of the benefits of getting older is you have more money to spend on such things.
Spiderman 3 holds up to its previous installments…there is, action, adventure, revenge, angst, evil villains, and ethics. Oh, the special effects are phenomenal. The sandman was cool but reminded me of stuff in “The Mummy” but the wicked black stringy meteorite goo was awesome.
The story is about love, friendship, honor, integrity and forgiveness. Peter Parker is infected with a parasitic symbiont and the early stages of his bad boy behavior are acted out to a music montage that has the audience laughing out loud. Later, as his actions lead him to the “dark side”, it isn’t funny anymore. It is refreshing to see a summer blockbuster screenplay that is cleverly written with moral messages that get across without the preachy drone that young people instinctively tune out.
Watch it on the silver screen with a crowd, the way a summer blockbuster film should be viewed.
Skye’s summer blockbuster guilty pleasures from Hollywood schedule:
May 18 – “Shrek – The Third”
May 25 – “Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End”
June 15 – “Fantastic Four – The Rise of the Silver Surfer”
July 13 – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
August 3 – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
After the summer:
Sept. 28 – “Across The Universe”
Nov. 16 – “Beowulf”
Dec. 7 – “The Golden Compass”
Dec. 21 – “National Treasure – Book of Secrets”