We're finally into August, the last month of summer and we get two very different movies with "2" in the title, one a sequel, one not, and both oddly based on comic books, sort of. The Smurfs 2
isn't the last animated family movie of the summer and it's not even the last one that has the advantage of being based on a known property but it is going to try to take on the unstoppable juggernaut that is Despicable Me
, which already took one family movie (from DreamWorks Animation, no less) down a couple notches. On the other hand, you also have 2 Gun
that uses the same buddy comedy formula as the hugely successful The Heat
, teaming two of today's biggest box office stars, Denzel Washington--his first straight comedy!--and Mark Wahlberg, a movie that offers a lot of laughs and action for an audience that has mostly been underserved these last few weeks and maybe looking for one last action-comedy.