More and more I feel like the big summer blockbusters are a thing of the past. It seems that lately the really big premiers are reserved for the spring or autumn. Am I imagining this change and if so where is this trend coming from? Of course there is a thing to be said about the averageness and quality of the movies of late. If I take a look at the dredge the movie-making machine (aka Hollywood) is pumping out lately, I count my blessings that I can even fill my summer movie-going schedule at all, and not just with the latest Marvel concoction. Though I am steadily moving away from the mainstream muck, the 80’s regurgitational reboots and the prequel-or sequel hype, I remain a cinephile at heart and I need my summer movie fix. Nowadays though I am banking TV shows throughout the year like crazy, stating that “I am saving them for the summer break because there isn’t anything good to watch anyway”. If you hadn’t noticed: I watch a lot of movies and TV shows and instead of going out upping my vitamin D intake, I prefer the living room tan year round. But it isn’t all bad. Hope remains that June till September will offer an exciting (if not refreshing) movie-going experience. Let’s have a look at what I’ll be spending my hard-earned cash on at my local Cineplex.
Though technically not a summer release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 will be my number one movie to look out for, and seeing as the movie has already been released worldwide, I suggest you all go and watch it, preferably after you’ve finished reading this post. (Note: as I am writing this, I have already seen GotG2 twice and IT’S AWESOME). For an optimal viewing experience check out our review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1.
Another non-summer release I am looking forward to is Alien: Covenant. Though I wasn’t a big fan of the Alien prequel Prometheus story-wise, it was visually stunning. If anything, Alien: Covenant will continue on showcasing H.R. Giger’s conceptual art, so visually we’ll be set, and story-wise Michael Green, known for 2017’s Logan, and John Logan, showrunner of Penny Dreadful will hopefully bring forth some action packed suspenseful writing.
As for the real summer flicks that I’m looking forward to, I’ll run down my top 5 in the list below. Let me give you one reason: the directors. And the humour. Ok two reasons: the directors and the humour. But also the writers to be honest. Three reasons, there you have it. With all the commotion on the (populist) political world stage, the dwindling economy and the atrocious climate situation I feel that we’re entitled to some fun and amusement. Lucia Aniello, Michael Showalter, Edgar Wright, David Leitch and Matthew Vaughn respectively will deliver just that.
You might know Lucia Aniello as director of the hilarious TV show Broad City and the mini-series Time Traveling Bong. Rough Night, starring some pretty known actors like Scarlett Johannson, Zoë Kravitz and Kate McKinnon, will be Aniello’s debut feature film and if the movie is anything like the shows, we’re in for a wet hot treat.
Speaking of wet hot; The Big Sick written by and starring Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and directed by Wet Hot American Summer star Michael Showalter, we’ll be getting some heartfelt dramedy with just the right amount of comedic frownage. In 2015 Showalter already proved that he doesn’t need a 10 year hiatus to deliver some funny and thoughtful comedy with Hello, my name is Doris, starring a tremendously quirky Sally Field rediscovering her autumn years in outrageous outfits.
Thirdly, Baby Driver written and directed by Edgar Wright. We know British director Edgar Wright from movies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim versus the World and more recently screenwriting MCU’s Ant-Man. In Baby Driver we’ll find a more serious tone when Ansel Elgort (Divergent) and Lily James (Cinderella) play across from crime boss Kevin Spacey in this music filled heist thriller.
If you have ever watched an action packed movie starring your favourite actors you will notice that not all will jump with ease from roof top to roof top or karate chop the bejeezus out of some random goon. Most likely it will be a stunt-person. Nowadays the major actors have their very own stunt-double and in recent years these stunt-people have found their way behind the camera. Point in turn: John Wick’s director Chad Stahelski, stunt-double for Keanu Reeves in the Matrix trilogy and this year’s Atomic Blonde directed by David Leitch who mostly stunt-doubled for Brad Pitt and Jean-Claude Van Damme. One thing’s for sure, the career switch gives them an advantage when it comes to action scene choreography and camera placement in said scenes. As for Atomic Blonde, I don’t need to know more, it’ll be blissful summertastic action entertainment with a black eye and a bloody nose. Bring it on David!
My last pick, though again not necessarily a summer release is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service — Kingsman: The Golden Circle likewise directed and co-written by Matthew Vaughn. Kingsman is based on the comic book by the same name written by Mark Millar. If the sequel is as campy and outrageous as the first installment we’ll be in for an outstandingly colourful ride.
These are of course just a few picks in an otherwise bland summer release season filled with sequels and reboots, and yeah that DC movie starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman 15 years too late and not scripted by Joss Whedon. Can you tell I’m whelmed by it?!
Now go and have fun at the movies! Git…!