You’re feeling antsy today, and you don’t know why. Perhaps you tried to leap over a tall building this morning, or plotted to sabotage your best friend’s wedding, or just walked around all day with an uncontrollable craving for popcorn? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Because when Thor’s hammer hits theaters today, it signals the official start of something we’ve all been waiting a long time for: Summer Movie Season. (Capital letters mandatory, as far as we’re concerned.) Get ready for four months of the big screen’s biggest adventures — the superpowered action movies, the star-packed rom-coms, the comedies that make you wish you didn’t just drink that entire 36 oz. soda. Alongside the god of thunder’s big-screen debut, this weekend’s entries include the Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin comedy Something Borrowed, the family wedding romp Jumping the Broom, and the controversial Mel Gibson comedy The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster. So what should you see? Check out our picks, and then vote in the poll below!
Action fans have a easy winner: Thor. The Kenneth Branagh-directed megamovie stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god, with Natalie Portman as the scientist who helps him when he falls to earth. EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the movie a commendable A–, saying “It’s not art, but it’s mighty fun.”
If you’re in the mood for laughs, though, you’ve got two options: Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin’s book about a lawyer (Ginnifer Goodwin) who has a fling with the fiancé (Colin Egglesfield) of her bitchy best friend (Kate Hudson). Despite Hudson and Goodwin’s best efforts, EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum slapped the movie with a D+, calling it “soul-sucking.” So what’s a rom-com fan to do? Perhaps buy a ticket to Jumping the Broom, the comedy about two African-American families pulled together for a wedding. And EW is officially a fan: “[Y]ou’ll also shed tears of recognition at this funny, salty, strife-torn look at the agony and ecstasy of family,” writes Gleiberman in his A– review.
And then there’s The Beaver. In her B– review, Schwarzbaum commends Mel Gibson for “high quality work” in this dark comedy about a man suffering a mental breakdown. But it’s unclear whether movie fans will welcome Gibson back into theaters after his string of high-profile scandals. (Sarcastic hand puppets, however, are welcome in my movies any time.)
So there you have it. Now cast your vote and let us know which movie gets the honor of kicking off your summer!