Since the summer movie season officially begins in March now, kicked off with Sucker Punch and Paul, April is kind of like the way that May used to be long ago and belongs to the comedies and less big action films. Besides the very dark, quirky superhero Super, starring Rainn Wilson, April brings us:
1) An Arthur remake. Okay, yes, first initial question is why do this, but by gender switching the butler and handing the role to Dame Helen Mirren, and letting Jennifer Garner explore her crazy side, the new flick manages to make some yucks on its own. It’s not Shakespeare, but it is his clowns:
2) Ceremony, a quirky comedy about a young guy, played by Michael Angarano, trying to break up the wedding weekend of his older ex-girlfriend, played by Uma Thurman, gets a wider release in April. The supporting cast looks like it runs away with this one, particularly Lee Pace as the groom. (We still miss Pushing Daisies, Lee.)
3) There have been many movies about high school proms, but this one may be the whackiest of them all, and from Disney no less. Prom, starring the next group of young ones to keep an eye on:
4) Hoodwinked was a terrific animated movie and a big hit across a wide age group. It took them awhile to get the sequel off the ground, and so Anne Hathaway, who voiced Red Riding Hood, has been replaced by Hayden Panettiere, but the rest of the voice cast is back and joined by people like Joan Cusack, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, etc. The gang, who have a cool new headquarters, have to save the fairy tale world from disaster when Hansel and Gretel are kidnapped in Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil:
5) The Scream franchise has gone through its ups and downs and the Scary Movie satire franchise, but now they’re back to end the thing properly in Scream 4, in which Sydney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, returns back to her hometown ten years after her ordeals, where her pain has become a lucrative tourist trade. And a new Ghostface Killer goes after younger stars like Hayden Panettiere (there she is again!) Emma Roberts and Kristen Bell, apparently not remembering that all the other Ghostface Killers met grisly ends. And yes, it is more fun watching David Arquette and Courtney Cox relate to each other as characters in the movie with an unraveling marriage, than in real life.
6) Dylan Dog is a famous comic book series from Italy that was set in London. This new film version adapted from the series moves the locale to Louisiana, characters have been changed and there’s still plenty of horror, but they’ve added a lot of comedy. Old fans will probably hate it, but for the rest of us, it actually looks rather fun with decent special effects for a B-level supernatural thriller. Brandon Routh, like a lot of actors, got a raw deal being cast in the weird Superman reboot and forced to stiffly channel Christopher Reeve. Since then, he’s shown more of what he can do in cameos in things like Chuck and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and here he plays Dylan Dog, a “nightmare hunter” private eye in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night:
7) Keanu Reeves plays a slightly dazed man who accidentally ends up in prison for a bank robbery, meets James Caan in prison, and when he gets out, decides to actually rob the bank he was accused of heisting in Henry’s Crime. It looks silly, in a good way:
8) Historical drama thrillers can vary, but The Conspirator, about the woman accused of being part of the assassination conspiracy of President Lincoln, looks kind of interesting and has a great cast:
9) I watched The Fast and the Furious and enjoyed it, but didn’t bother to watch the rest. But since they’ve now brought Vin Diesel back into the franchise and are upping the ante in the cast each time, the fifth one in the franchise, Fast Five, is looking kind of good. Watch the Rock deliver the killer line in the trailer:
10) I read Water for Elephants and it’s a lovely novel, but I’m not sure what made it special will translate well to film. Robert Pattison and cast attempt it, however:
11-13) Trailers I’ve shown before which have settled into April release dates: Rio, the animated comedy about parrots, a new trailer for that; Hanna, the thriller about a teenage girl who may be a secret government experiment trained to be an assassin by her father; and Your Highness, the stoner comedy gone medieval fantasy with a great cast:
And that’s April, a little something for everyone.