May Flix

Alright. Now we’re talking. The 2008 Summer blockbuster season officially kicks off on May 2nd. Sure, I’ve only been to the cineplex twice this year so far. But, that’s all about to change in May.

Iron Man (May 2) — Tony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

When I first heard that actor Robert Downey Jr. was cast in the role of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark I was on board. This is great casting. I probably never would have come up with that casting choice, but I’m glad that they did and I’m eager to see how Downey pulls it off. The original Tony Stark of the Iron Man comics has a lot of inner demons — how or if they’re addressed in the movies (Downey has signed on for three Iron Man flicks), and how the actor approaches them will be interesting to watch.

Speed Racer (May 9) — Born to race cars, Speed Racer is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized – the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret – some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line.

I have been waiting for a Speed Racer movie for over twenty-five years. Way back in the day I had my own ideas as to what kind of Speed Racer movie I would make and who which actors would portray Speed, Trixie, Pops, Racer X, and the rest of the Racer clan. No, I’m not going to reveal them here — I was fifteen at the time. Now, while what I have seen in trailers and clips may not be exactly how I imagined a Speed Racer movie to be, what I have seen has been mesmerizing and intriguing. This should be a great popcorn movie.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22) — In 1957, Indiana Jones is thrust back in action, venturing into the jungles of South America in a race against Soviet agents to find the mystical Crystal Skull.

After Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably my second favorite movie of all time. (Star Wars: A New Hope probably clocks in at third.) Now, while I was content with probably never seeing an additional Indiana Jones adventure on the big screen after The Last Crusade some nineteen years ago, I’m glad Harrison Ford is reprising the role nonetheless. Plain and simple — if there’s an Indiana Jones movie, I’m there.

Sex and the City (May 30) — The continuing adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they live their lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

Alright, my cool-nerd factor just dropped with the mention of this flick, but it’s on my list of movies that I’m looking forward to. After having my girlfriend turn me onto six seasons worth of syndicated reruns I feel that I have committed myself enough to my relationship with the show that it warrants a trip to the cineplex to see the movie. Now, the question is… Is my girlfriend going to see the movie with her girlfriends, thus leaving me to my own device and having to go by myself?

Now, looking ahead, what does June have in store for us? The Incredible Hulk, Get Smart, Wall-E, and maybe Wanted.

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