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Miscellaneous May movie morsels

1. This month is a huge one when it comes to film releases—and it started this weekend with X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which we will be seeing tonight—I really love my babysitter). As I’ve said before, comic-book films are a fav on this blog for their tendency to bring God-talk into open spaces. However, the film isn’t doing so well with critics. Josh Hurst gives it 2.5 out of 4 stars at Christianity Today, where he writes “Wolverine's once sharp claws are wearing dull in this one.” Chad Pendleton seems to agree in his review at Relevant Magazine, where he concludes the film “in time will probably be categorized alongside X3 rather than the first two tales.” And so does Christa Banister at Crosswalk, who says “The sharpest thing about Wolverine are the claws.” Ouch. Even generous critic Roger Ebert doesn’t like the film so much (though it does give him the opportunity to fill his review with enjoyable and witty barbs, heh). But just because the film isn’t doing so well with critics doesn’t mean regular movie goers have the same opinion. While the film is sitting at a dismal 38% over at the critic-compiling rating site Rotton Tomatoes, the RT community (i.e., folks like you and me) are giving the film a 62% fresh rating.

2. On the other hand, J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek—which opens next weekend (and for which we also have a sitter)—is getting a whomping 100% fresh rating with 17 reviews from critics already in (how did they manage that?!). With the franchises’ penchant for exploring what makes us human and the universe around us, it’s not surprising that Star Trek has brought God-talk into these open spaces before, and I’m looking forward to seeing if the next one has some of the same. By the way, have you seen who Captain Kirk has been kissing lately? Take a gander. Heh.

3. And a week after that comes the highly anticipated Terminator: Salvation which takes us from our present time (where the other films have spent the majority of time) to the future. Film critic Peter Chattaway is already spotting some interesting themes and ideas in the film, including his latest blog post Human vs Machine = spirit vs body? After you read that, jump over to Arts & Faith forum, where he adds some further thoughts (scroll to the bottom). For thoughts about more God-talk generated in the Terminator universe as incarnated in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, go here.

Then there's Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian (which comes out the day after Terminator: Salvation) and Up (which comes out the weekend after that), which all will make for a much larger than average entertainment budget line item in our household this month. Sheesh.


Lauren W said…
Ummm...... we finally got a sitter last night for the first time since moving to KC and guess what we went and saw? 17 Again.

We are SO lame.
Ken Brown said…
I've got tickets to an early showing of Star Trek on Thursday the 7th. Not sure how that works, but I'm stoked. Now, I'd better not get stuck in jury duty!

Anyway, how was Wolverine?
Carmen Andres said…
lauren, get that sitter back asap!!

ken, thanks for the reminder to go pick up tickets, ack. and wolverine was pretty good, imho :)
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