Though we're still two months away from summer, 300's $70 million opening weekend -- coupled with 60-degree weather here in New York City -- has folks like myself questioning whether the season has already begun. And, with a summer chock-full of sequels, I almost wish that a fresh, original (but not necessarily good) pic would have kicked things off. The Hollywood Reporter is calling 2007 "The Year of the Sequel," while you'd be hard-pressed to find a studio who doesn't think this will be the biggest summer ever. Folks from Sony, Warner Bros. and Fox all think so; they feel this summer will be one for the record books. But is that a good thing?
On one hand, you say you're sick of all these damn sequels -- that Hollywood needs to find some new material. Then again, how can you not be excited about Spider-Man 3, Live Free or Die Hard, Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Heck, if I were a 14 year-old kid right now, I'm not sure I'd even survive the anticipation. When you're a kid, sequels are a blast; a chance to curl up with your favorite characters for one more adventure. When you're a film critic, you look at a summer full of sequels as the perfect time to catch up on all the festival films you missed from earlier in the year -- searching for the tiniest bit of intelligence to fill your brain so that big-budgeted special effects don't somehow dumb you down. Or, perhaps, you're somewhere in between; perfectly capable of tapping into those fanboy feelings, but also weary about a giant sequel-filled summer -- after all, if this does turn out to be the biggest summer ever, does that mean Hollywood will continue to fill our screens with more sequels than we can count.
So, I ask you: Will this big the biggest summer ever? And, if so, is that a good or a bad thing for the future of movies?