May 22, 2008 will see the return of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the “Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures.” With Speed Racer scheduled for the same weekend, Iron Man dropping May 2, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian dropping May 16, May 2008 is going to be one of those HUGE blockbuster months.
Having seen no previews or production work or anything else, I’m going to go ahead and declair Iron Man the winner with Narnia a very close second. Indy IV has the nostalgia factor and a huge director along with it, but I suspect that Indy’s time is no longer. It’s going to do very well, but not as well as they expect. Speed Racer will suck and manage to disappoint both Speed Racer fans and car fans alike. I’m picking Iron Man over Narnia because although Narnia will attract a lot of religious folks, Iron Man has a lot of star power. Seems to me that big names drive big ticket sales, at least for opening weekends. I think we’ll see Iron Man destroy the rest opening weekend. Whether or not it has staying power is dependent on the quality of the film.
If I had to pick one to go see, I’d have to pick Iron Man. I’m a big mech fan and I’ve always seen Iron Man as our version of Mobile Suit Gundam. Well, not really. I mean, Tony Stark isn’t exactly fighting an epic war to enslave space colonies (ZIEG ZION!), but he’s in a shiny robot suit. It’s like a small mobile suit. Kinda.