Mid-Year Movie Roundup: My Brief Thoughts On What I’ve Seen So Far This Year


Thus far this year, I have seen the following movies:
The Hunger Games
The Avengers
John Carter
Snow White and the Huntsman
American Reunion
The Cabin in the Woods

Not many, I know.  Most of them are genre fiction, minus American Reunion.  There are two proper science fiction movies (The Hunger Games and Prometheus), one that could very well be science fiction, but treats its universe like a fantasy one (The Avengers), and some that are technically science fiction, but really fantasy with some technological wonders (John Carter and The Cabin in the Woods).  The last is a pure fantasy (Snow White and the Huntsman).

The movie I liked enough to see it twice falls to one film: The Avengers.

The movies I thought were quite good: Chronicle (one of the few good uses of shaky cam I’ve seen), The Hunger Games (solid acting with a cool, slightly used-up idea), The Avengers (so far the best movie of the year — Joss Whedon at his best), John Carter (beautiful film with a decent little story), The Cabin in the Woods (Joss Whedon at his best again, ripping apart the tropes of the horror genre).

The movie that were better than I expected: Snow White and the Huntsman (some really nice twists on the classic story). 

The movies that were so-so overall: Snow White and the Huntsman, American Reunion (they tried to take us to a new level, but didn’t quite get there; still, it was a fun movie).

The greatest disappointment: Prometheus (in fact, the more I think about this movie, the more I really hate it)

Have you seen any of these movies? If so, place them in the categories I’ve given above and let me know what you think!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “Mid-Year Movie Roundup: My Brief Thoughts On What I’ve Seen So Far This Year

  1. I've only seen John Carter and it wasn't until it was on DVD (see my blog for my review today). I liked it more than I expected, as I kept my opinion separate from a much-beloved many-times read book.

    Just wish the business model that the movie industry follows wasn't "if it don't do well the first weekend, it's a flop!". Titanic did not do well at first. Star Wars took longer than the first weekend to catch on. 2001 took months to catch on.

    Silly movie industry.

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