Heather Bremer

Heather Bremer

The summer movie season comes to a close this weekend with the opening of Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.”

The film, based on the 1980s’ Hasbro action figures and cartoon series, didn’t screen for critics. The studio believes the movie doesn’t need reviews to bring in an audience. And after “Transformers 2” blew the doors off the box office despite the critical drubbing it received, I’m (gasp) inclined to agree.

So, while we’ll have to wait until Monday to see whether the summer went out with a bang or a bomb, we can reminisce now about a season that took us where no man had gone before, reminded us why you don’t allow your fiancé to go to Vegas for his bachelor party and taught us that some secret agents are pint-sized and furry.

Rising stars

• Put Chris Pine on the top of your list of up-and-comers. No one believed a no-name actor could put his stamp on a character like James T. Kirk. But Pine created a new breed of leader for “Star Trek,” someone perfectly suited for filmgoers turned off by William Shatner’s campy portrayal of the Star Fleet captain.

• Finally, someone in Hollywood realized that Ryan Reynolds is a leading man. I’ve been waiting for this guy to hit it big, and it seems this summer he finally made it to the top as Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and opposite Sandra Bullock in “The Proposal.” Next up: Reynolds will portray one of DC Comics’ greatest heroes: Green Lantern Hal Jordan.


• The biggest letdown of the summer is the final 20 or so minutes of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The film came to an unsatisfying conclusion with an unneeded (and comic book inaccurate) twist and defiling of a beloved character. It will take a lot for Fox to win back Marvel fans with its next outing, which is rumored to be a Magneto origins film. Or perhaps a fourth addition to the original franchise by Bryan Singer.

• I can’t put my finger on it, but something left me wanting in “Public Enemies.” I’m positive it wasn’t Johnny Depp. But something was missing …

Summer surprises

• “The Hangover” blew me away. I saw it with my husband, only agreeing to go because Bradley Cooper was gracing the screen with his presence. I was one of seven or so females in the sold-out crowd. But I was laughing just as hard as the testosterone-fueled members of the audience throughout this tale about a bachelor party gone awry.

• Jerry Bruckheimer’s “G-Force” was clever, funny and heavy on the action. The ultimate movie for adults to enjoy taking their kids to see. Though, I’m still having nightmares about my appliances trying to kill me …

Takes the cake

• “Star Trek” was far and away the best film of the summer. J.J. Abrams’ character-driven, action-packed reinvention was exactly what the stagnant series needed. Bravo to cast and crew. You’ve brought a great light to the universe.

Contact Heather Bremer, who will see “G.I. Joe” despite knowing better, at 640-4867 or heather.bremer@heraldbulletin.com

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