The summer movie season is about to start this week with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which didn’t make my list. It’s the blockbuster movie season, where studios put out big bucks in order to make an even bigger investment. Like every year, this is the season where we find a big mix of movies, ranging from comedies, to super hero movies, to monster movies, to disaster films, to action-packed thrill rides. Many will turn out to be absolute crap, but a few should blow our minds.
There are a lot of movies that will be heading to theatres this summer, but here are just a few that I’m really excited to see, and am hoping turn out to be really great.
In Theatres: May 9, 2014 Directed By: Nicholas Stoller
Neighbours is directed by Nick Stoller, and that alone should make you want to see it. He’s directed, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and The Muppets, just to name a few. Add the fact, that it stars, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Ike Barinholtz, and Zac Efron. The cast is funny, the director knows how to handle comedy, and the movie is getting crazy good reviews. Basically, a must watch.
In Theatres: May 16, 2014 Directed By: Gareth Edwards
This movie just looks freaking amazing. It’s hitting the right tone, the trailers always manage to give me chills. If the trailers can muster up that much suspense, and terror, just imagine, how over two hours of it, in this movie will feel like. Gareth Edwards directed, Monsters in 2010, which was a lot low budget monster movie that never felt restricted by its budget. Godzilla is Monsters but with more money. The trailer alone makes you feel all the destruction, and loss. Also, when Bryan cranston worries, we all need to worry. Godzilla looks to deliver a monster movie, with a special focus on humanity.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
In Theatres: May 23, 2014 Directed By: Bryan Singer
X-Men: Days of Future Past feels like the X-Men movie we’ve all been waiting for. Not only do you have Bryan Singer returning to the franchise, he helped start, but they are combining the cast of the original X-Men with the cast of X-Men: First Class. We finally get to see one of the classic X-Men stories play out onscreen. The tone of the first two trailers released made everything look extremely serious, and dire, but thankfully the latest trailer they released showed an extremely fun, and action-packed side to this movie. I just wish Kitty Pyrde was the lead in the film, instead, of Wolverine.
In Theatres: May 30, 2014 Directed By: Robert Stormberg
Ever since both Alice in Wonderland, and OZ the Great and Powerful became box office successes, Disney has become obsessed with adapting their classic cartoons, into, live-action feature films. Oz wasn’t that great, and Alice in Wonderland fumbled it’s ending. So, why am I excited for Maleficent? Two words, Angelina Jolie. The casting of Jolie, really couldn’t be anymore perfect, and, my God, look at those cheekbones. I really hope the film is just Angelina Jolie being an absolute badass, instead, of the filmmakers trying to make her seem misunderstood, or overly sympathetic.
Edge of Tomorrow
In Theatres: June 6, 2014 Directed By: Doug Liman
It’s the next Tom Cruise movie. Say, what you will about the guy, but he can carry a movie on his shoulder, and he always shows up. The characters he plays, now, feel like they’re the same person, but his movies are also usually entertaining. The premise for the movie is also fascinating, appearing to be a hybrid of Source Code, and Elysium (exoskeleton suit). The movie is directed by Doug Liman, who’s previous credits include, The Bourne Identity, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, so you know, the action will be handled deftly.
The Fault In Our Stars
In Theatres: June 6, 2014 Directed By: Josh Boone
I always avoid,those teen romance, Nicholas Sparks adaptations, but the trailer for this movie looks genuinely sweet, and it’s not based off a Nicholas Sparks novel. The people who’ve read the book, recommend it highly, and John Green is supposed to be an extremely talented writer. I’m down for anything, as long as it’s good. So far, The Fault In Our Stars, looks really good. Also the trailer doesn’t make the movie look cheesy or overtly sappy. Striking a really great balance of sweet, sad, and romantic. I didn’t cry during the trailer like some people said they did, but I’m looking forward to shedding a tear at the theatres. Hopefully, it’s a good cry, and not me crying, because it’s so bad, and I need to leave. Plus, Shailene Woodley!
How to Train Your Dragon 2
In Theatres: June 13, 2014 Directed By: Dean DeBlois
I’m mainly basing my anticipation for the sequel based on how great the first movie turned out to be. It was a really great coming of age story, that also focused on the bond of a father, and son. It was exciting, and heartfelt, and I’m hoping the sequel is too. The trailer really hasn’t sold me on the film yet, because it feels like it’s given the entire movie away, and what they’ve shown is ok, not great. But, you never know, there could be even bigger action set pieces or even funnier or heartfelt moments. Will just have to wait, and see with this one.
22 Jump Street
In Theatres: June 13, 2014 Directed By: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Whoever would have thought that the first movie would be one of the funniest movies of 2012. 21 Jump Street solidified the comedic brilliance of director Phil Lord & Chris Miller, who have now built a reputation of delivering funny, and brilliant movies. 22 Jump Street looks to be just as funny, or if not, funnier than it’s predecessor. The trailer is one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year, and those who have seen advance clips of the movie, claim that it’s going to be a laugh riot.
Deliver Us From Evil
In Theatres: July 2, 2014 Directed By: Scott Derrickson
Deliver Us From Evil looks like it’s going to be the must watch horror movie of the summer. At first, I thought Scott Derrickson was directing a cop drama before the house haunting began at the end of the trailer. Derrickson has made movies like Sinister, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, two, absolutely terrifying films, so I have faith that this movie will give us all nightmares for weeks.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
In Theatres: July 11, 2014 Directed By: Matt Reeves
Rise of the Planet of the Apes had no right in being as good as it turned out to be. Not only did it have a well written story, but it took it’s time in telling it’s story, and doing so at a great pace. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks like it’s going to be even better. From the teasers to the pictures they have released, the movie looks like it’ll be great. Those pictures of the apes riding horses while holding guns, like, damn, that is just awesome. Also, may people who saw footage that was screened at Cinema Con said that the atmosphere of the clip was incredibly intense, and suspenseful.
In Theatres: July 11, 2014 Directed By: Richard Linklater
This one really isn’t a big summer blockbuster movie, but I had to include it, just for me. I am a huge fan of Richard Linklater, especially his Before Trilogy. He knows how to tell human stories that feel truly real. With Boyhood, he has spent 12 years filming the life of this one boy as he goes from childhood to adulthood. How can you not admire, and support that kind of filmmaking? Boyhood looks to be one of the greatest coming of age stories we have ever seen.
Guardians of the Galaxy
In Theatres: August 1, 2014 Directed By: James Gunn
A movie that I thought would be Marvel’s undoing is now one of my most anticipated movies of the Summer. My views on the film changed after I saw the trailer, and fell in love with everything in it: the goofy tone, the juvenile humour, and the sense of badassery the entire movie conveys. I did not plan on being this excited for a movie containing a talking raccoon, who fires a gun, but here I am, and that speaks to the box office power that Marvel as a studio has. They have been nailing the tone of their movies, especially The Winter Soldier, and it seems like they got the tone of this film right too. It would have been foolish for Marvel to try, and sell like they’ve done for any of their movies. Instead, this movie screams, “Come have fun with us.”
In Theatres: August 8, 2014 Directed By: Luc Besson
The premise for Lucy is absolute ludicrous. It’s one of those human’s don’t access their full potential thing, so here’s a drug that does that. It’s Limitless, but it’s clearly having more fun with the idea. The trailer for Lucy sells the entire package so well, that you can’t help, but to be a little interested. Also, Besson knows how to create kick-ass female characters, and I’d watch anything with Scarlett Johansson in it. The trailer makes the movie’s concept seem so confident, that if the filmmakers nail the execution this could be the summer’s best action blockbuster.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
In Theatres: August 22, 2014 Directed By: Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller
I’m wary of this movie. I enjoyed Sin City a lot. I loved the noir feel, and the movie’s gorgeous visuals. I did, however, find the female characters to be, um, just, prostitutes, and one stripper. Also, Frank Miller is directing parts of the film, and that raise a red flag for anyone who has seen The Spirit, and knows how awful of a director he can be. I do, however, have faith in Robert Rodriguez who has made plenty of great movies in his career, and knows how to balance the goofy, and stylized, with fun characters, and great story-telling. I’d approach this one with caution.