It was a good year for the summer blockbuster – what with the showmanship of Transformers or the intelligence of Bourne Ultimatum – and sequels didn’t fair too bad either, even if not quite matching their illustrious heritage; namley Die Hard 4.0 going all computer-hacker on us, and Spiderman 3 basically giving us Spiderman 4 & 5 in the same movie – gulp. I also have a soft spot for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – but whether I’ll bother to buy it I don’t know.
Having sat down and watched three of my favourites newly released on dvd in admirable packages, I have found myself both enjoying Spidy & Die Hard more than in the cinema, now that I knew what I was getting, and still coming away thinking Transformers is sheer class (watch out for it in this years definitive Top Ten…coming imminently.). Now what some knockers of these films can often forget, is that well, they are made to make tons of money, its all about the adreneline and the special effects – we’re not looking to spend a cinema outing in the company of a summer blockbuster, for meaningful story or a complex script (Bourne Ultimatum, take note here…) – we want to be entertained, and this year I have been entertained immensly. Yeah I was a bit disappointed by Spidy, but it still packs in some great moments and has jaw-dropping effects. So what if Transformers is at some points a little cheesy – for christs sake, its a movie inspired by kids toys! And really, John McLaine’s latest fight against the terrorists was always going to be a case of been there, done that, but with technology being the enemy this time, at least the film makers tried to bring the franchise up to date.
So this Christmas, I recommend if you didn’t see any or one of these during their cinema release (and even if you did) -seek them out and enjoy with the family. You won’t be disappointed.