It may still be April but The Fate of the Furious being released this previous weekend is like a prologue to the Summer movie season and oh boy, did it kick off it kick off with a bang. To celebrate this, I am going to give you a list of the movies I’m excited to see this upcoming season. Forewarning, this isn’t a list of every movie over the summer but the films I both expect to see and am personally excited for. I was originally going to put this is a specific order but I thought I’d go about this and just list the ones I am looking forward to seeing. So without further adieu…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
The sequel to the hit 2014 flick is sure to be an exciting addition to the MCU as all the pieces are beginning to connect beautifully to the next May’s “Avengers: Infinity War”. Earth’s lovable idiots are back this time and look to be right where we left them. I can’t wait to see Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot (now in cute baby form) kicking ass and saving the galaxy…again.
Starring John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and directed by Doug Liman, the director of such films as The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, this war flick tells the story of two American Soldiers that are trapped by a sniper in Iraq and only have a small wall to use for cover. It has the makings to be a really tense and heartpounding experience!
Oh Boy! As a fan of Prometheus which I feel gets a ton of unwarranted hate and Alien being one of my all time favorite films of all time, I have been waiting for this one for a while. Acting as a sequel to Prometheus that bridges that film closer to the 1979 classic, this looks to be a return to the more horror roots of the series and is sure to make the fan in me leave the theater very happy.
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The last few entries of the Pirates series haven’t been particularly well received. While I do enjoy them, I understand the first is the best in the series. If early reactions are to be believed then this looks to be the first film in the series that lives up to the beloved first one. The supposed finale in the series looks to be a swashbuckling good time as Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is being hunted by Salazar (series newcomer Javier Bardem).
The first day of the Summer where I have multiple movies to see brings me an updated version of the hit TV series starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario as lifeguards that look to thwart a drug trafficking operation. The cast alone will earn my ticket but the trailers for the film made me laugh and this movie looks to be a fun and hilarious time at the theater.
The DCEU has definitely not been the critical and commercial powerhouse that Warner Bros has hoped for yet in my personal opinion they’re 2/3 (BVS:Ultimate Cut, of course). Coming off of Suicide Squad however which was immensely bland and disappointing, my overall anticipation for Wonder Woman has dipped a little bit. So you could say a lot is riding on this movie. Yet, I still can’t wait for the first female led superhero movie and with Wonder Woman being one of the standouts of BVS, I can only imagine what a whole movie for her can do.
I like Tom Cruise. Okay no let me rephrase. I love Tom Cruise. He is one of the biggest and best action stars out there. He always gives 100% to every role, performing every stunt he is able to and I absolutely love when an actor does that. So even if I wasn’t interested in this movie, I’d see it because of Tom Cruise. Lucky for me, The Mummy looks like it has the potential to be the sleeper hit of the summer. Universal hopes this is the start of a connected Monster universe and while the connected universe thing is starting to get a little stale, this is the rare case where it feels like it makes sense. I hope this film is as exciting and as fun as it looks. If anything, Tom won’t disappoint.
It Comes At Night
The poster and trailer for this film leave a lot to be desired in terms of plot details but that’s how I like my horror movies. A24, the company behind the fantastic horror film, The VVitch, this looks to be another slow burn and terrifying addition to their library and with an actor like Joel Edgerton leading, it just makes me that much more excited. I’m getting major The Shining vibes!
Edgar Wright? Check. All star cast with the likes of Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx? Check. A killer soundtrack? Check. Erich’s attention? Check check check! Every time Edgar Wright is attached to something, I’m automatically intrigued. His frenetic and hyper stylized direction along with the way he blends different genres that normally wouldn’t blend together is such a unique thing that I can’t help but have to see what he continues to have in store. Seeing the first trailer and learning it’s a musical film blended with a heist movie, I’m ready right now.
July 7th marks the first of a busy July month of huge releases. Last summer, we were introduced to Tom Holland’s incarnation as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War in which he stole the show in his first MCU appearance. This summer, we get our first solo outing in the MCU and it looks like it could be the Spider-Man movie we’ve wanted since 2004’s Spider-Man 2 AKA the best Spidey movie of all time. Michael Keaton stars as the villain Vulture and I’m excited to see this villain finally appear on screen. Also starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, I’m really excited for the father/son relationship that director Jon Watts looks to be implementing into the film and should bring a hefty amount of heart to a film that with a character like Peter Parker should pack plenty of it.
War for the Planet of the Apes
The finale of the prequel Apes trilogy looks to be the biggest and most action packed. I really dug the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I believe that the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is one of the top five best blockbusters of the 2010’s. Fox has the potential to have of the best cinematic trilogies ever made if this film is a hit which I believe it will be. Matt Reeves is returning as director, Andy Serkis as Caesar, the lovable but fierce ape and Woody Harrelson joins the cast as a colonel looking to end the apes once and protect his people, this film is going to be a balls to the wall action spectacle along with tackling heavy themes like the previous two, this film looks to be a fitting conclusion to two spectacular films.
Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to the space epic, Interstellar, the hit director looks to tackle something he’s never done before, war. Dunkirk, which is based on the true story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, the film looks to cut between different forces on this ill fated day as they deal with these tragic events and as someone who was lucky enough to catch the prologue sequence before Rogue One in IMAX, I can say it looks spectacular. Nolan has yet to disappoint me and I don’t see that happening with this war epic.
I didn’t hear about this movie until I saw the trailer for it when it dropped a month or so ago and my word, the opening of the trailer consists of a single take stairwell fight and I was sucked in right away. Charlize Theron is one of the best actresses working in the biz today and after playing Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, I know she can kick some major ass. David Leitch, one of the two directors of John Wick, one of the coolest action flicks to come out in the past few years, is at the helm of this and that alone at least guarantees some fantastic and well shot action set pieces.
Kathryn Bigelow gave us The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and one of the most important pieces of cinema ever, Point Break. Her next project deals with the 1967 Detroit riots, particularly The Algiers Motel Incident. I don’t know much about these events which is always a plus when going to see a film based on actual events. Boasting a cast with John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Krasinski, it looks to be a gritty and intense film that is sure to be one of the first Oscary movie of the year.
Taylor Sheridan has wrote a favorite movie of the year for me the past two years (Sicario and Hell or High Water) and hopefully, Wind River can be number three. Along with writing, he is making his directorial debut and I am excited to see what he can do when he is behind the camera. From the synopsis, this looks to be another gritty and violent film with a great cast (Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen). I can’t wait for this one.
I’m sure these aren’t the only films I’m going to see this summer as there will be some surprise hits I’ll hear about or just films I maybe aren’t necessarily excited for but still got to check out. Not as crazy jam packed of a summer as last year but hopefully this brings a lot more yays and hardly any nays.