The month of May brought us blockbuster after blockbuster (http://wp.me/p3pq8p-W). I’ve been pretty impressed with the caliber of summer releases so far. We’ve had some pretty solid films (The Great Gatsby, Star Trek Into Darkness, Before Midnight), some record setting flicks (Iron Man 3, Fast and Furious 6) and some inevitable duds (The Hangover III).
Here’s what’s on deck for June…..big names, big budgets, big reboots and big disasters.
The Internship (June 7)
Remember the greatness of Old School, Swingers and the first half of Wedding Crashers? I miss that Vince Vaughn. Even though Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and their hilarious group of friends paved the way for financially successful R-Rated comedies like Anchorman and The Hangover, The Internship looks like an unfunny mess. Vince Vaughn said that he and Owen Wilson were just waiting for the right project to come along….I think they should’ve waited longer. I probably won’t see this until it’s on Netflix, but maybe The Internship will turn out to be better than the trailer makes it look. Most likely not. I fully expect a random cameo from Will Ferrell.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7)
From the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, get ready for….Shakespeare! Joss Whedon is a man who can do anything… really…since the astounding success of The Avengers, he’s gone from beloved tv series creator, to leader of the biggest Marvel Studios franchise. As much as I love Joss and his creations, I’m not sure what the target audience is for this film. We have Shakespeare played out in a contemporary setting, by actors from Angel, Buffy, Firefly and The Avengers. It worked for Romeo + Juliet, so it might work here. I’m not sure if Joss’ rabid fan base will give much ado about this film, but judging from the response at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, it might be worth a look.
Man of Steel (June 14)
Another year, another Superman reboot. I’m actually very excited for this. My expectations might be too high. Christopher Nolan is the producer of this latest Superman film, and after his reverential treatment of my favourite superhero (Batman Begins, Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises), I think we can expect a level of respect for the subject matter and its fans. The biggest caveat with this film is that Zack Snyder is directing. His films to date are all about style, and less about substance (300, Sucker Punch, Watchmen), and I really don’t get what the hype is all about. I think its a good marketing move that they’ve downplayed his role in the marketing of the movie and really highlighted the fact that Nolan is producing. Henry Cavill is a relative unknown to U.S. audiences (best known for his role on The Tudors), but he looks every bit the Superman we know and love. The cast is rounded out by great actors like Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon as the villain Zod. The trailer is an epic film in itself.
This Is The End (June 14)
This movie looks like James Franco, Seth Rogen and crew got super high, talked about aliens for a bit…and made a movie about it. Personally, if it was the end of the world, and I was in a room with the cast of this film, I could definitely see events playing out like they do in the trailer. This is one of those movies that you want to get all of your pals together for. It’ll be worth it to see in a packed theatre. Watch out for stoners on opening weekend. I’m already laughing so hard at the trailer. It looks glorious. I will see this.
The Bling Ring (June 14)
While a lot of people boast the genius of Sofia Coppola’s work…I just don’t get it. I will say that she makes visually beautiful films and has such fun with the music she selects. She’s great at atmosphere and “quiet” moments. A lot of Coppola’s work centers on the obsession with celebrity. Her most notable work, including Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette and Somewhere feature glimpses of fame and the lives of famous people. The Bling Ring features young people, and the obsession with fame and material things…namely…BLING. I probably won’t check this out. I’m all for the bling and celebrity cameos….I don’t know what that says about me, I think Sofia Coppola might be making a statement about it.
World War Z (June 21)
Every few years there’s a renewed interest in zombie movies. World War Z tries to frame the zombie phenomenon as an epidemic that only Brad Pitt’s character can cure. World War Z looks very similar to I Am Legend (in terms of tone, premise and supremely bad CGI). Brad Pitt is a phenomenal actor, and his film choices have been really interesting and diverse. I think the “Brad Pitt Factor” might be enough to make me see this. That being said, the production has had major problems: the script has been rewritten several times, there have been numerous re-shoots, and its release has been delayed. Some film pundits are calling it the Ishtar of our time (for those of you who don’t get the reference….try comparing to Gigli).
Monsters University (June 21)
Monsters Inc is one of my favourite Disney/Pixar films. It’s unbelievably fun and hilarious, and too damn adorable. I love it more than Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille combined. Disney sequels, spinoffs or prequels can be extremely well done (Toy Story, Tory Story 2 and Toy Story 3), or be convoluted excuses to make money (Cars 2 anyone?). I can’t help but feel that Monsters University is a money grab. Here’s hoping that they don’t ruin the characters that I love so much!
Other June releases include Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s The Heat and Channing Tatum’s White House Down. I won’t even talk about The Heat cause….really….what a waste of time. And White House Down….didn’t Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman just star in the exact same movie a few months ago? I won’t see these. No doubt.
The summer slam of movies continues in July and August. Releases include the mildly offensive Lone Ranger, the eagerly anticipated sci-fi epics Pacific Rim and Elysium, more superhero fare with Wolverine and Kick Ass II, and unnecessary garbage like Grown Ups 2.