With a record setting heat wave set to hit the UK this summer, indoor activities are looking better and better to beat this heat in the coming months. Obviously the best indoor activity of them all is going to the movies. It is the summer of sequels and reboots when it comes to the movie scene, but don’t let that change your mind about spending your days in the theater. Here is a preview of some of the big titles coming to cinemas this summer.
Release Date: June 5th
Directed by Paul Feig, who brought us the hilarious hits The Heat and Bridesmaids, comes this spy comedy that is the most promising film for the genre this summer. Fronting an A-lister cast that includes the talents of Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, and Jason Statham, it certainly has the star power to make an entertaining movie. The story revolves around a CIA analyst (McCarthy) who has dreams of becoming a field agent. Her dream becomes a reality when the CIA comes up against an arms dealer (Byrne), and she must go undercover to prevent a global crisis.
This film has a lot of potential. Paul Feig’s previous work at producing hugely successful female led comedies provides some reassurance about whether or not it will be any good. The trailer looks hilarious, and the cast is full of actors who have proven themselves to have the comedic chops for it.
Comedies always can go either way, and Melissa McCarthy has produced a series of duds in recent years that were slammed by critics and audiences. Hopefully teaming up with Feig once more will end that unfortunate streak.
Release Date: June 12th
The highly anticipated next installment in the Jurassic Park series finally hits theaters this summer. Led by Hollywood’s new golden boy, Chris Pratt, and also staring Bryce Dallas Howard and Iron Man 3’s young talent, Ty Simpkins, this is a film that audiences have waited years for. Set twenty-two years after the events of the first Jurassic Park, the dinosaur theme park is finally open and running without any problems. However, guests to the park always want something bigger and better, and so the head scientist at the park (Dallas Howard) seeks to fulfill the demand by genetically engineering a brand new dinosaur that is larger and more dangerous than the T-rex. Of course, this goes horribly wrong and the park descends into the chaos that fans of the series are familiar with. Raptor trainer Owen Grady (Pratt) has to team up with guests of the park in order to save the day.
The hype behind this movie is enormous, which can be a good and a bad thing. Visually, it looks like it is going to be a stunning film, and there are enough new and futuristic elements involved that it might just pull off what is essentially the same story from the previous movies. Also the visual of Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle and leading an army of raptors into battle is sure to be the most badass thing to hit the screen all year.
It is essentially the same story from the previously movies, and it may not be new enough to leave audiences thrilled. Plus some of the clips released from the film have raised questions about the quality of the script. You can’t judge a movie by a few clips, but the dialogue seemed stiff and like the actors just weren’t feeling it. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the special effects are in the end, if the script is just not there.
Release Date: July 2nd
Another Terminator movie is coming to theaters. This one promises to be the biggest and the best of the entire series. It features Game of Thrones star Emilie Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, and the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. The film also has some fan favorite actors such as Matt Smith and J.K Simmons. This film continues to twist the reality of the Terminator world by placing Kyle Reese in a new timeline where he teams up with Sarah Connor and the Terminator to stop an Armageddon from destroying the world.
The return of Arnold Schwarzenegger can only help the franchise, and adding the wildly popular Emilia Clarke to the cast can also draw in fans to see this film. From the looks of the trailer, it has many references and throw backs to the original films that should leave die-hard fans happy. It is certainly a new idea for this decades-old franchise.
Another Terminator movie????
Release Date: July 17th
Marvel continues to pump out movies in its blockbuster machine, this time taking on the tale of a man who can shrink to the size of an ant….seriously. Starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/ Ant-Man, and supported by Evangeline Lilly, Judge Greer, and Michael Douglas, Marvel takes a big risk with this movie based on a comic series that lacks the fan base of many of their previous heroes. Lang, a former thief, must learn how to be a hero when he is asked by scientist Hank Pym (Douglas) and his daughter (Lilly) to pull off a heist that will save the world.
It is Marvel…so it should be good…right?
No one wanted this movie made except for Marvel. Fans have been less than positive in their response to this movie since it was announced, and in its beginning it struggled to get off the ground after several directors left the film. As previously stated, this hero just doesn’t have the comic fan base to back him up, and the movie fans were much more interested in other (female) heroes getting their own movies than a man who can shrink his size. After the already less-than-stellar Age of Ultron earlier this year, Marvel is not really doing itself any favors by putting out a film that fans are against.
Release Date: July 24th
Pixar is back with its latest animated feature staring the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Mindy Haling, Bill Hader, and Phyllis Smith. Pixar proves that originality in Hollywood is not dead yet with this creative premise about people’s emotions that live inside them and guide their actions. Set around the life of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), whose life has recently been uprooted, and her emotions. Joy (Poehler) clashes with the other emotions over how to help Riley navigate her new life, and must set out on an adventure into Riley’s mind with Sadness (Smith) when Riley’s core happy memories are lost.
This movie is already garnering amazing reviews from critics, the trailer looks amazing, and the idea is so fantastically new and fresh that it is being heralded as Pixar’s big comeback after a run of less than successful films.
Those less than successful films do cast some doubt over whether Pixar can pull this off, but all signs point to those fears being unfounded.
Release Date: August 6th
Of course there is more than one superhero movie coming out this summer. This time, it is a reboot of a franchise that many viewers are already familiar with. The Fantastic four hit the screen with much different faces than audiences are used to. The new cast taking on this super team is Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Mile Teller as Reed Richards, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. The familiar premise is set around four young scientists who accidentally teleport themselves to another world where their bodies are changed and they receive new superhuman abilities. Together they form a team to stop a friend turned enemy in order to save the world.
They are attempting to take an old concept and make it as new as possible. They have a much younger cast than the former Fantastic Four, much better special effects, and it seems a new, grittier, take on the story.
Fans are not exactly thrilled with this one either. Rebooting a franchise that has already been done in the last ten years is repetitive and boring. Can they really make it interesting and new enough not to be a repeat of the last franchise, which was not good to start with?
Release Date: June 19th
Following the Sherlock Holmes frenzy that seems to have taken hold of both film and television in recent years, comes this vision of the famed detective. This time played by the magnificent Ian Mckellen, it presents a version of Holmes in his elder years after he has retired. Holmes is being haunted by an unsolved case. His mind may be slipping, but he cannot get the case out of his mind, or the woman who suffered because he could not solve it.
Ian Mckellen. Could there possibly have been a better actor picked to play an elderly Sherlock Holmes? I don’t think so. Apart from its lead actor, Mr. Holmes offers a new Sherlock Holmes that has never been portrayed, and a story that has never been told. It looks highly intellectual, dramatic, and thrilling. This film looks like a shoe in to be the crime drama of the year.
You can’t say a movie is going to be good just because a certain actor is in it…and there is always the chance that this movie will not live up to the hype.
So that concludes my round up. Will you be going to see any of the films? Let us know in the comments.
Featured image: Raymond Shobe