Movies spanned the spectrum

Stephanie Toone

Summer cinema had its share of big budget duds such as “Catwoman,” independent gems like “Saved” and the little-movie-that-could “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Falling in between that spectrum were films like “Spiderman 2” and “I, Robot.” For the most part, films this summer were lukewarm.

“Catwoman” had the right formula from the onset. Mix Hollywood A-lister Halle Berry with a plot that involves an ubiquitous television character. Where did they go wrong? Well you can only go so far with a chick that eats catnip and carries a whip. The plot was the most predictable thing since “You’ve Got Mail.” Beyond that, cheesy lines like, “Cat got your tongue?” marked the the bombing of “Catwoman.”

Though “Catwoman” was the biggest dud of the summer, “The Village” was a close second. M. Night Shyamalan has wooed viewers with 2002’s summer hit, “Signs” and the movie that boasted the memorable line “I see dead people.” This time Shyamalan didn’t quite impress his fans. There is a surprise ending, but not a rewarding one as in his previous films. This village was definitely not worth visiting.

There were also films that brought a little heat to the screen this summer. “Spiderman 2” broke the record at the box office, but did not stretch far from the usual plot of a superhero film. However, the sequel did bring more depth to the story of Peter Parker and his complex love for Mary Jane Watson. It had all the wows of special effects and just enough content to own its position in the box office.

“I, Robot” also had great balance of content and visual grandeur. Will Smith, of course, played the hero, Spooner. Spooner is a cynical cop with a shaky past. With no one in his corner, Spooner finally finds support and saves the day. This movie finally prevails even though Will Smith as a futuristic cop is getting old.

There were also the movies that came out of nowhere and stole the show. Though “Saved” did not boast major ticket sales, those who did catch the film were met with a surprise. Surprise number one, the film is not an attack on religious enthusiasts. Surprise number two, Mandy Moore can act and not just like herself. “Saved” was a great film, but it was really hard to find in theaters.

One of the best movies of the summer and the most controversial was Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” This documentary is emotionally moving and politically driven. The movie was almost not released because of its comments against President Bush’s administration. Moore once again reveals his opinions throughout the film as in 2002’s “Bowling for Columbine.” However, whether a Republican, Democrat or otherwise, this film gives viewers something to think about.

The lowest budget films proved to be worth seeing this summer. Big budget is not always a sign of a great movie. At the same time, all big budget isn’t bad. At the end of the summer, the best thing to do is wait for DVD releases and judge for yourself.

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