Movie Moment: Summer 2011

I’m not sure about you, but it seems that in the summer I find more time to check out films and actually get off my couch to go to the theater to see them. This summer hasn’t been that different either for I’ve already seen two in the past month making my 2011 movie total a whopping: 4!

To tell the truth, I don’t watch a lot of Western films so it’s a little harder for me to find films I’m actually interested in, hence the small number but I’ve seen a couple and want to see a few more, and felt the need share them here.

SEEN

I actually heard about Jumping the Broom when I was in the theater with my family to see another film early last year and vowed to never see it. I was by no means interested in a low budget rom-com about weddings! I actually was able to stick to my guns until the day before, when everyone decided, without me, to take a trip to a neighboring town for my mother’s birthday. Honestly, you can say “No” to a lot of things but not Mom’s birthday weekend, right?

Thankfully, it wasn’t the ridiculous lip-smacking, booty-shaking, broom-tripping mess I thought it was going to be. Ultimately, it was a cute, clean movie about two people bringing together two families, realizing how challenging that can be but most of all basing all things on them as the core to keep everyone sane and civil. Starring Paula Patton (Just Wright, Deja Vu), Laz Alonso (Avatar, Fast&Furious 4) , along with Angela Basset (Akeelah and the Bee) and Loretta Devine ( For Colored Girls) this film gets a family friendly nod from me.

X-Men: First Class is the film, I’ve personally been waiting for since the trilogy ended and was ecstatic when I heard it would be released this summer. I had the privilege of seeing it a few weeks ago and was very pleased. I know very little about the comics or the cartoon, therefore, I can only go on the story presented to me as a laymen and truly felt it was worth my time and money. The relationship between Charles and Eric was the central draw and James McAvoy (Atonement, The Conspirator) and Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, Inglourious Basterds) ) do not disappoint. January Jones (Mad Men) surprised me as well, as Emma Frost, mysterious femme-bot with brain.

Overall, it’s a film that keeps your attention and showcases one of my favorite Kevin Bacon (Frost/Nixon, Crazy, Stupid, Love.) roles to date! You also get a couple cameos from other well-known mutants which is never bad. If you are a comic truest, I suggest you focus on the dynamics and relationship between X and Magneto, not the other characters, for they are truly what made the movie a wonderful installment in the X-Men franchise.

MUST SEE

If you were to ask me to be honest and tell you the synopsis for Delhi Belly, I would say tell you in three words: I don’t know. Yes, I’m recommending a film I know very little about. Why? Because I saw the preview and laughed. It’s a film starring Imran Khan (I Hate Luv Storys, Brea Ke Baad), who is an adorably natural actor and is produced by his uncle Aamir Khan (3 Idiots, Tare Zameen Par) whom I trust immensely. Given the trailers, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a Hindi-infused film with a twist, in the vein of blockbuster hits The Hangover, Pulp Fiction and cult classic Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. To round out the trio, the movie also stars Kunal Roy Kapoor and Vir Das. The film releases July 1.

Like X-Men, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, is a film I’ve anticipating for quite some time and can’t wait for it’s premiere. It’s a film about 3 boys on the road, similar to Farhan Akhtar‘s first breakthrough project Dil Chahta Hai, only this time his male protagonists are jet-setting throughout Spain for a last bachelor hoorah before wedded madness. The movie will showcase daredevil stunts as each man decides on a challenge the others must follow suit in.

The draw to this film is mainly the male friendship characterizations, I believe it will be reminiscent of the excellence that DCH was. Watching one long bachelor party may not seem fun but knowing Farhan, I’m positive it will be poignant, fresh and fun. The film stars two of my favorite actors Abhay Deol (Aisha, Dev D) and Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 2, Guzaarish). There’s no way I’m missing this one, hopefully you’ll give it a try as well. Releases July 15th.

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