Last year I began to notice something. The few times that I went to the theater, the movie posters started to look familiar. I had seen some of those characters before. I had seen parts of those movie titles before. It was beginning to seem like 2011 was going to be an interesting year at the movie theater.
I must say that I do not get caught up in the typical film review issues. I like a movie because it entertains me. Plain and simple. I like the way that “Transformers” is an all-out overload of the senses, I like the way that Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack, and I like watching Harry Potter grow up. I just like these movies for entertainment, no strings attached.
So what movies are coming out this year that are part of a larger story? Let’s start with May and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. This is the fourth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and although many are “poo-pooing” this latest story, I am looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow again. I enjoy a good pirate movie and although I was terribly disappointed that William and Elizabeth could not truly be together, I am interested in seeing what adventure comes along in May.
June brings us another X-Men movie, “X-Men: First Class”, a prequel that shows us what Xavier and Magneto were like as young wonders, starting out in their powers and working toward their future as enemies. In July we get to see some of the Transformers cast again in “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”. Although Megan Fox won’t be going with Shia LaBeouf this time around (apparently she is difficult to work with), there will be action galore as the Transformers fight another threat to human existence.
But wait, there’s more! Also in July, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” gives us the finale that we have all been waiting for. It’s been over 10 years since this series began and finally we have an ending to this octology of movies. November brings the year nearly to a close as we watch the fourth of five movies in the “The Twilight Saga” series. The fourth book is split into two movies to increase the drama and the money-making ability of the series. “Breaking Dawn-Part 1” looks to be an interesting movie as many who have read the book (I have not) speculate how in the world they will keep the movie in the PG-13 realm.
Are they all the end of their respective series? Some yes (they are based on a book series after all) but for the rest, well, somehow, I doubt it.