We’re halfway through summer and on our way to long-weekend releases and the continuation of our summer slam of movies in July (http://wp.me/p3pq8p-1A). Releases include the mildly offensive Lone Ranger, the eagerly anticipated sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, more superhero fare with The Wolverine, and unnecessary garbage like Grown Ups 2. Let’s go.
The Lone Ranger (July 3)
From the studio, director and producer of Pirates of the Caribbean comes…. Pirates of the Caribbean 4? Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in the re-make of a slightly offensive television series from the 1950’s. It looks mighty similar to the Pirates franchise, complete with Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow doing his best impersonation of Tonto. This could go either way – get all the hi-ho silverrrr at the box office, or land on its caboose.
Despicable Me 2 (July 3)
The sequel to the wildly popular Despicable Me features new characters and a new adventure for Gru and crew, but here’s hoping that Despicable Me 2 keeps all the fun and slap stick humour of its predecessor. Sure to be a family movie box office hit, plus Pharrell produced the soundtrack – it’s sure to be a blast.
The Way, Way Back (July 5)
The film looks like a typical super indie coming of age story, but it also looks super charming. Written and directed by the Oscar-winning (for The Descendents) duo of Nat Faxon (the loveable goon big brother on the short-lived Ben and Kate) and Jim Rash (Community’s utterly confused and amazing Dean Pelton), and a top-notch cast featuring Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, and the oh-so-underappreciated Sam Rockwell. It looks different and fun.
Pacific Rim (July 12)
This highly anticipated sci-fi thriller has had fanboys in a tizzy since it was first rumoured to be in development. Guillermo Del Toro directed this sci-fi adventure – a story of a bleak future, featuring huge alien invaders at war with Earth. The people of Earth fight back with the greatest idea that any 12 year old boy could come up with….giant robots piloted by humans! Obviously! The cast is interestingly diverse, featuring Idris Elba (The Wire), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). It looks stylish….let’s hope it turns out better than Transformers (1, 2 or 3).
Grown Ups 2 (July 12)
I don’t know if it’s just me…but Adam Sandler seems to be getting less and less funny. Grown Ups 2 is the sequel to the wildly successful and unabashedly dumb Grown Ups. He’s dragged his aging crew of comedians (David Spade, Chris Rock – you’re better than this Chris Rock!, and Kevin James) along for the ride. Expect the exact same movie with more cameos (Shaq?!) and possibly more jokes about poop.
Fruitvale Station (July 12)
This indie flick has had a lot of buzz since it’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Michael B. Jordan (No….not THAT Michael Jordan), it tells the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who decides over the course New Year’s Eve 2008 to change his life and the consequences therein.
Turbo (July 17)
The story of a super-fast snail. Lots of colours, catchy songs, and loads of celebs leading their vocal talents to this one. It’s a cute premise, and it sure to be a hit.
Only God Forgives (July 19)
Hey Girl. Ryan Gosling is in a new super violent movie. You’re going to see it.
Ryan Gosling has teamed up with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn for the ultra-violent tale of revenge in the Bangkok underworld. It’s had critics ultra divided, even got booed at Cannes. Looking forward to seeing what all the hype is about. Excellent title though!
Red 2 (July 19)
Bruce Willis and the rest of his gun-wielding geriactric gang are back for the sequel to the surprisingly entertaining Red. Sorry Bruce Willis, I think I’m going to wait til it shows up on Netflix.
The Wolverine (July 26)
He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Our favourite Canadian mutant, Logan aka The Wolverine is back to add to the character mythos. The film looks a lot better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We didn’t ask for it, but the summer movie season doesn’t feel complete without a few hundred superhero movies being released. I’ll most likely drink the koolaid and catch this one. Hugh Jackman shirtless!!!
Blue Jasmine (July 26)
Blue Jasmine is Woody Allen’s latest film about neuroses and talking. It looks almost like an updated Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett is one of my favourite actresses, and doesn’t often make bad choices when starring in a film. I loved Midnight in Paris and really liked Vicky Christina Barcelona. Woody’s films are hit or miss for me, but I might check this out.
There’s quite a few films coming out this July, I’ve left out duds like Killing Season (Dear Robert De Niro. I love you. But really…just stop. Call up Martin Scorsese, rekindle the friendship, and please make a movie that I’m not embarrassed to see! Sincerely, EVERYBODY!), and I’m not going to expose myself to The Smurfs 2 (why is that a thing?!). The summer movie season really tapers off mid-August – with fewer blockbuster releases.
I’ll leave you with the wise words of his royal flyness, the Fresh Prince of of Bel Air….”it’s summer summer summertime… time to sit back and unwind”… at the movies.