first 747s landed at Los Angeles International Airport, everybody thought
flying through the sky was the greatest marvel they had ever seen,” Steven
Spielberg said in 2000. “Today we never even look at 747s. They’re a dime a
dozen, and it’s the same with the blockbuster.”
He has a
point: when Jaws opened in 1975, it played all summer long in American
theaters. Four decades later, Wonder Woman astonished Hollywood’s bean counters
by still being in the top three in its third week. There’s a strange kind of
madness at work here, one that allows audiences to put each big summer movie
from their minds before moving on to the next.
quality of most summer movies, that’s probably a blessing. If you want quality,
intelligence or basic storytelling competence, you’ve got the wrong season.
Richard Donner’s Superman was released at Christmas, as were Peter Jackson’s
Lord Of The Rings films. Fox kept Deadpool away from the silly season
altogether, releasing it in February.
reserved summer release dates for the likes of Ben Hur, Spiderman 3 and Pirates
Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, but are these the worst of their breed?