Well, it is that time of year again. When the hype goes up, the movies get bigger, and I spend a lot more time at the movies. Yes, it is Summer Movie time!
As in previous blogs about summer movies, I love all kinds of movies. But when the summer movies start coming out, I get excited. They have bigger action, superheroics, fictional disasters, aliens, monsters, and tons of cool fictional stuff that can be an escape from reality and enjoyed for what they are supposed to be, a lot of fun.
Although I’m writing this during the first week of May, there have already been a few movies that have come out that would qualify as summer movies. Having already seen them, I’ll give some brief thoughts on them…
Deadpool: Hilarious! Awesome! Please make more!
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: Crappy. Over-hyped. Please stop ruining these great DC characters. But I’m looking forward to Wonder Woman!
The Jungle Book: Visually great. Well made. Quite likable. A good family movie with just the right amount of danger for little kids.
10 Cloverfield Lane: John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were great. Very creepy. I was hoping for a cameo from the monster from “Cloverfield”. No luck. But still a very cool ending. Please make more.
So, with that out of the way, here are the movies that I’ll be checking out over the next few months, starting with…
Captain America: Civil War: Based on a great concept for getting superheroes to fight each other, everything I’ve seen in the previews looks great. The Russo Brothers, who directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, knocked that one out of the park. I was surprised at how good it was. Great action, FX, and storyline! This looks to be no different. It will be interesting to see Capt and Iron Man square off, since they have occasionally disagreed with each other already.
My only concern is the balancing act between all the other characters. Hopefully this will turn into a mini-Avengers movie, and not Batman and Robin, with too many characters and nothing good. But I suspect it will be pretty damn good.
X-Men: Apocalypse: One of the X-Men’s greatest foes in comics comes to the big screen. Apocalypse is a virtually immortal mutant whose motto is “Only the strong survive”. He usually only means mutants, but since the X-Men want to protect every one, a battle must ensue. Bryan Singer is back as director, and since he is usually the best choice to direct these movies (although Matthew Vaughn did good with X-Men: First Class), it is nearly guaranteed to be a cool movie.
When I was a comic book collector, the X-Men were my favourites. I couldn’t imagine as a kid that these character would be brought to life. Although they are very well done movies, I must confess that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been making better movies than 20th Century Fox. My one hope and dream would be an Avengers Vs X-Men movie. I think that is something all fanboys could agree on.
Independence Day: Resurgence: If you had told me, even a year or so ago, that they would be making a sequel to Independence Day (ID4), I would haven’t cared. Sure back in 1996, ID4 was a huge movie, second to my favourite of that year, Twister. But the following years made me see it as, well meh.
After seeing the trailers for the sequel, set 20 years after the original, with bigger, badder alien ships and more virtual destruction, I’m kinda excited to see this! Especially since some of the cast from the first one (Jeff Goldblum!) are back. Also remembering that Roland Emmerich was the guy behind one my favourite disaster-porn movies “2012”, makes me think this could be epic.
The Legend of Tarzan: I think the last time I saw any kind of Tarzan movie was one staring Casper Van Dien. So it was about time they did a new Tarzan movie, especially what they can do with computer effects a la the recent Planet of the Apes movies. The supporting cast looks good, with Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. I have no idea who the two that are playing Tarzan and Jane, but that may work in their favour.
Also, with my recent interest in the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, I may try to read one of my Tarzan books when this comes out, just to see if they have the right feel for the ape-man. I’m hoping they will.
Ghostbusters: A lot has been said recently about how the trailer for the movie has been one of the least liked on YouTube. The two original movies are classic, plus I LOVED the Real Ghostbusters cartoon as a kid. So if they don;t do it right, not only will movie-goers not like it, but fans of the original will be pissed.
But this new version has a lot of promise. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are hilarious. I enjoyed “Spy” directed by the same director, Paul Feig. Cameos by the original Ghostbusters are supposed to happen, but it seems even the stars aren’t sure if this is a reboot, or a remake or a re-make-quel? Hopefully they’ll figure it out.
Star Trek: Beyond: I’m a fan of the original Star Trek movies. Not a “Trekker”, but I enjoy the intellectual, relevant subject matter that usually pops up in Star Trek stories. I also dig the battle of two captains and their ships, sort of like sea captains trying to outwit the other.
The newer versions of Star Trek that J.J. Abrams rebooted aren’t bad. I like their connection to the original version via Spook and the altered timeline. But each new movie seems to be getting away from what made Star Trek different from Star Wars. The trailer I have seen for the new one hasn’t won me over. But I like the cast, so I’ll give it a try and hope that it does better than I think it will.
Jason Bourne: Guess who’s back! Guess Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass didn’t think much of the “Bourne Legacy”. So they decided to come back and make a new Bourne movie with Jason Bourne actually in it. It has some new players, but still the same ol’ ass-kickery on would expect.
But here’s the thing, I kinda liked the idea of the separate Bourne movie. Jeremy Renner was great, as was Rachel Weitz. My hope is that maybe, down the road, they’ll cross paths, or team-up, or something. It would be neat to see how this franchise could expand. Hopefully, they won’t just ignore “The Bourne Legacy” completely.
Suicide Squad: Warner Bros. and DC’s next (last?) chance to win fans back is a movie about a group of villains forced to work for the government on a suicide mission. Sounds kinda odd right? But from what I’ve seen of the trailers, it looks miles better than Bats V Supes, even with Will Smith in it! The one who has stolen the trailers, IMO, has been Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. She’s sexy, crazy, and dangerous.
This movie may be DC’s saving grace until Wonder Woman comes along. Although it is still dark, at least it is because it is full of villains (and maybe the Dark Knight). It also doesn;t take itself seriously, like that cinematic dirge that was BvS. My only wish is that it would be rated R, sorta like that Deadpool movie that did so awesome a few months back! You’d think a movie full of villains would be R-rated. Guess we’ll see.
Pete’s Dragon: I saw one trailer for this and thought “if Disney was going to mine their past, this would be one movie that could benefit from the new computer effects.” What also helped me want to see this is Bryce Dallas Howard. There is something about her that makes her very likable. Even when she was mean to Matt Damon in “Hereafter”, you still felt for her. She made “The Village” and “Lady in the Water” watchable, and she was a hoot in “Jurassic World”. Plus, who doesn’t like a movie with a little magic. And who better than Disney.
Although summer movies end by Labour Day, there are a few worth mentioning that come out afterwards…
Snowden: No one does anti-government conspiracy movies than Oliver Stone.
The Magnificent Seven: Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer, The Replacement Killers), Denzel Washington (everything he has been in), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy), Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, Byung-hun Lee… need I go on? Bad ass western!
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: Yeah he’s Tom Cruise and short, but the first one was surprisingly good. Hope the second one is.
Doctor Strange: the MCU introduces the Sorcerer Supreme! Benedict Cumberpatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: An interesting look into the Harry Potter universe.
There ya go! Happy viewing!