Going into the year, we all wondered who would come out on top between the three May blockbusters. But I didn't think Pirates would get overtaken by Transformers, which was a pleasant surprise. This was a great year for the blockbuster film, as noted by the top 10.
I can only wonder how Enchanted would have done on this list had it been released in the summer or even the fall.
EDIT: Box Office Mojo is showing I Am Legend at $194,575,000 domestically, which would actually place it at #9 on this list, thus deposing Wild Hogs. And all is well with the world.
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Let me throw this out there because 1) I'm genuinely curious in your answer and 2) it'll make a nice long thread. How many of these eleven films did YOU see this year?
I'm sorry to say I only saw one of these in the theatre - "The Bourne Ultimatum." (I DID finally catch "The Simpsons Movie" on DVD over the holidays.) I was semi-excited for "I Am Legend," but a lot of really bad reviews from relatives will probably keep me away from it for now.
I saw seven of the ten. I MEANT to get around to seeing "The Bourne Ultimatum", but didn't. I also didn't see "Wild Hogs" and "Shrek the Third".
My favorite of the ten was Potter, which I saw three times (once in IMAX, once in DLP, and once in 35mm at a drive-in).
Spidey was the biggest disappointment, though it also had the highest expectations from me.
"Transformers" and "The Simpsons Movie" were both pleasant surprises. Pirates could have been worse (I didn't go to that one voluntarily.) "Ratatouille" won't be my favorite Pixar movie of all-time, but it was still worth seeing twice.
Of the two mentioned that didn't make the list..."I Am Legend" just didn't grab my interest enough to bother. "Enchanted" was actually really good until the big action scene at the end.
I saw 4 of the top 10 films, and if you move I Am Legend into the top 10 I will eventually see 5 of them, as I have tickets to see that on the IMAX. I know it won't be great, but I love the source material enough that I'll give it a shot.
I have found that IMAX availability really influences my movie-going habits these days. The only movie on the list I won't have seen on the huge screen is The Simpsons Movie. I saw 300 and HP:OotP exclusively on the big screen. I saw Transformers on the small screen first only because it didn't go onto the IMAX until long into its run.
I really liked everything I saw out of those films this year. I loved the Transformers flick as it was just a ball of fun and giant robot fights. Also Steve Jablonsky's score for the movie was underrated. 300 was fun on the IMAX. The Harry Potter movies are solid and you know what you'll get out of them. I thought this was probably the 2nd best of the series behind only Azkaban. And The Simpsons Movie was a hoot.
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person in the world who has no interest in the Pirates series. And for some reason I just wasn't interested in Spider-Man 3. And I loved #2, but the whole idea of #3 did nothing for me.
With IJ I saw Spider-Man 3, Pirates, and Ratatouille in the theaters, and Transformers on rental. Mrs. JJD and IJ saw Harry Potter, which I've never been a big fan, and we saw The Bourne Ultimatum in the theaters (Mrs. JJD and I, that is.)
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Ratatouille (opening night), Simpsons Movie (opening night, then again the next day with the wife) and Shrek the Third (the other day after my brother-in-law got the DVD; it was on while I did my internets.) No interest in Pirates or Bourne after the second ones bored me, no interest in Spidey after the horrible reviews, no interest in Transformers period. 300, Legend and HP someday on DVD. Ask about Wild Hogs and I slap.
I saw Pirates, Potter, and Ratatouille in the theater, and Bourne, 300, and Simpsons at home. Bourne is the clear winner, for me, even though I wasn't all that thrilled by the first two. Potter was pretty good, Pirates and Simpsons were disappointing. 300 didn't appeal to me at all.
I'll watch Spider-Man sometime, and maybe Transformers. I doubt I'll ever see Hogs or Shrek.
As for I Am Legend -- I agree with Nuclear Winter, the first two thirds are really good -- fascinating, suspensful.
I really liked Enchanted as well.
(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 30.12.07 1923) Last 5 movies seen: Shoot 'Em Up ***1/2 - American Gangster **** - I Am Legend ***1/2 - Enchanted ***1/2 - Once ***1/2
I watched Wild Hogs on a plane without the sound - the highlight of which was the editing out of John Travolta's middle finger while he was motorcycling away, so it looked like he was just holding up his fist.
Come to think of it, I saw most of Pirates on a plane without the sound as well, although this time it was due to the person sitting next to me having it on his DVD player.
I've actually seen them all except for Harry Potter. Having nearby access to a $1.50 theater, I usualy watch about everything, and whatever I don't catch there is something I, or my kids, have zero interest in.
Actually, looking at the top movies for the year (boxofficemojo.com), the only ones in the top 30 I didn't see in the theater are Potter (5), Alvin and the Chipmunks (13), Ghostrider (25), and Enchanted (26).
Home viewing...oh wow, I didn't see any of them either.
I did catch Wild Hogs on a plane, and it was good enough to kill the time. I got freaked out because there was male nudity and I've never seen nudity on a plane movie before, so I panicked thinking everyone was watching me watch a naked guy's ass.
1. Spider-Man 3 - Liked it, but was a little disappointed because I thought it would be much better. 2. Shrek the Third - Liked it. 3. Transformers - Loved it. 4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Loved the first two movies, didn't like this one. Incredibly disappointed with this one. 5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Love all the Potter films...include this one with them. 6. The Bourne Ultimatum - Never saw this (or the first two). I totally intend to rent all three of them on dvd and watch them back-to-back in the very near future. 7. 300 - It was ok, but not nearly as good as I thought it would be. 8. Ratatouille - Didn't see it, have no interest in seeing it. 9. The Simpsons Movie - I might rent it...not sure. 10. Wild Hogs - No intention of ever seeing this film. 11. I Am Legend - Definitely will rent when it comes out on dvd.
I'm surprised (and disappointed) that "Live Free, Die Hard" didn't make the top ten.
Boy, I really didn't go to the movies much this year. I feel old. B^)
The only ones I saw on the list are Rattouille and Simpsons. The former was wonderful; the latter solid but hardly up to the best episodes of the series. Wish there was a cheapo theater near me like jfkfc has--there used to be one in my town, and I would go frequently. (Hey, jfkfc--is that the theater with the justifiably famous answering machine messages, where the guy reviews the movies and all that?) Now the nearest one is more than an hour's drive.
Hopefully will make it to a movie today actually--we're going to try to see Charlie Wilson's War if my fiancee's back is feeling up to it. What was I saying about feeling old?
I'm totally a mark for Pharaoh, but my fear is now that he's done his Will Smith and his Denzel...what now? Not that he doesn't have more impressions, but those are the high points and I hope it's not all downhill from here.