Spring Movie Preview

Spring Movie Preview

Sammy Warshaw ’12
Staff Writer

MacGruber:

Lets face it, no one can remember when an SNL skit stretched out into a feature length movie, and became a hit. Not at the box office, not on DVD, and not in the laughing department. There was “Superstar,” “Blues Brothers 2000” and everyone’s favorite, “A Night at the Roxbury,” all of which received a dismal reception from both critics and audiences. But there were also some awesome ones, “The Blues Brothers,” “Wayne’s World” and “Coneheads.” These classics leave me no choice but to get pumped for “MacGruber.” The film is based off the frequent SNL skit involving a hilariously inept action hero. The cast includes a villain played by Val Kilmer and SNL all-star Kristen Wiig supporting the title character played by Will Forte. Coming out late May, I wouldn’t be surprised if MacGruber was to be a smash. Expect violence, laughter, and an absurd amount of scatological jokes. Sounds like the perfect early summer movie to me.

Iron Man 2:

Two years ago, “Iron Man” directed by Jon Favreau shocked everyone. No one expected it to work, no one wanted to see it, and certainly no one thought it would be that good. Well, now its time for Iron Man 2, and while I couldn’t be more excited, I have to approach the film with caution. What made “Iron Man” so great was the lack of buildup. Buildup couldn’t be more plentiful with this sequel, and that is why I am worried. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. who proved to be the perfect actor to play Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). The cast is very similar to the previous film, only this time the villain is played by Mickey Rourke, who is sure to be snarling and grumbling with every line he speaks. Don’t expect the utter awesomeness of the first “Iron Man,” but still without a doubt run to the theatres on May 7th.

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

Nightmare on Elm Street | Photo by www.ghosttheory.com
MacGruber | Photo by www.impawards.com
Iron Man 2 | Photo by www.funrockers.com

Ever since the 1984 original horror classic, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” creepy villain Freddy Krueger has become less and less frightening. The film franchise resulted in several lackluster sequels and most recently, the bust “Freddy vs. Jason.” This time Krueger isn’t played by Robert Englund, the actor who played Freddy in every previous theatrical release. It’s Jackie Earle Haley’s turn, fresh of his scene-stealing performances in “Watchmen” and “Little Children.” It looks like this remake is going to be a straight up hit or miss, much like most recent horror remakes, including “Friday the 13th” and “The Amityville Horror.” There are some bad signs for the movie, including a producer by the name of Michael Bay, infamous for his movies such as “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.” Still, I cannot help but be optimistic, thanks to a great job casting Haley, and a really promising trailer. I’m not jumping out of my seat just yet, but this remake could be a first-class hair raiser. You have been warned, but don’t stop yourself from being excited. Let’s hope it’s not a nightmare.