Summer Box Office Preview
The World's End
Apocalypse movies seem to be a big hit this summer. Thankfully this movie changes it up. We have Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (both of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" fame) collaborating again to tell the story about a gang of old friends attempting to re-create a pub-crawl from their college years. Then, well, the end of the world hits.
Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") has not released a lot of info about his next flick, but we know for a fact that it's a monster versus mechas film. Humanitly builds "Jaegers", gigantic robots, to take on the insurmountable threat of inter-dimensional monsters. It's everything the Power Ranger/Beetle Borg/Godzilla fans have been praying for and more. This should promise to be amazing.
The Hangover Part III
It's not often that a comedy does so well that it becomes an anticipated trilogy. The final chapter comes to the big screen this May as we see the Wolf Pack take on a whole new mess. This time, a new mob boss (John Goodman) has taken Doug (Justin Bartha) as collateral, giving Phil, Stu, and Alan (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, & Zach Galifanakis) a limited time to scramble and re-assemble the events of Chow (Ken Jeong) in order to track him down and exchange him for Doug. Prepare for the insanity.
The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann, known for putting together such films as "Moulin Rouge" and "Australia" has prepared a powerful and epic version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. Set in the roaring' 1920's, flappers and lower-class clash in extra-martial affairs, with an all star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio (as the titular Gatsby), Tobey McGuire, and Carey Mulligan. Luhrmann loans his intense style of flare and contemporary soundtrack to this American modern classic.
Yes, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sucked. But with "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in development ow, and Bryan Singer, Fox Studios, and Marvel working so hard to preserve the franchise, it is safe to bet that (based on the trailer alone) enough time and effort has gone into this to try to salvage the critical character that is Wolverine. Hugh Jackman makes his return as the savage, grizzly, Canadian mutant. This time the story is set in Wolverine's early training-years, learning his fighting skills and how to balance his power while traveling Japan and (what else?) battling ninjas.
The Lone Ranger
Some are complaining that the film seems to be more about Tonto (Johnny Depp) then it is about the masked vigilante himself, The Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer). This is arguable based on what we've seen of the trailers, but the story (in the past, as seen on TV or pulp-comic books) has usually been from Tonto's perspective. Disney and the team who brought you "Pirates of the Caribbean" have all of their fingers in the pies here, so it's a total flip of the coin here. Heads it rocks, tails it sucks. What can't be denied is that there will be some serious action here.
It's disappointing when people try to pigeon hole a director, but M. Night Shyamalan did it to himself. He tries no harder than any other director in attempting to have a "hook" or a "twist" in his films, he just happens to be good at implementing them pertly at just about the same time in the third act. In each and every single one of his movies. "After Earth" is starring the father/son duo of Will and Jayden Smith as two survivors who crash onto post-apocalypse Earth. The twist is pretty obvious from the trailers, but no one should undersell Shyamalan in such a way. Although "The Last Airbender" and "The Happening" were a total bust, he's not a completely useless storyteller and he may still have one or two tricks left up his sleeve.
The Kings of Summer
A coming of age story where Nick Offerman plays the stern, but humorous, father? This movie promises to be a riot, heartwarming, and promising. The young actors in this film appear to have nailed some pretty original roles and this movie is going to be a summer sleeper-hit, and I hope that it's as great as the trailer has offered.
This Is The End
A bunch of Hollywood's most hilarious (though not brightest) star as themselves when a Beverly Hills party gets violently interrupted by the apocalypse. James Franco, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, and so many others appear and dominate the entirety of the trailer reel. This movie should prove to be, if nothing else, a gut-busting riot.
So remember that time some kid decided he thought it was more impressive to emulate a super hero vigilante than a pop-star, so he put on a crappy leotard, took some batons, and went out and got himself stabbed under the codename: "Kick-Ass?" Well, that was based on a comic and Mark Millar penned it. He's been writing the second one, the issues aren't even completely out yet, but the film is on it's way to theaters. This time, Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Mortez) and Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) team-up with a whole new group of heroes (including Jim Carrey as Cololnel Stars & Stripes) to go up against The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and the new band of super-villains. A war of the costumes and expect all the inane humor from the first "Kick-Ass" to come with it.
Man of Steel
Just see this movie. Seriously, Zack Snyder ("300" and "Watchmen") working with some of the greatest actors on screen is an equation for total box office domination. We got Henry Cavill as Superman himself, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishbourne, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Christopher Meloni, Michael Shannon, just COME ON! Produced by Christopher Nolan, stamped with the DC Comics approval, the set-up for the "Justice League" film franchise, I mean this movie has everything you want in a summer blockbuster. And then some. Plus, it's Superman.
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Star Trek reboot served as an in-canon restart, thus making a concerted effort to please audiences of previous Trek-generations and garnishing interest for a whole new crop of Trekkers. Now we see the entire cast return to their roles from the 2009 smash it as they come face-to-face with a much anticipated (though highly debated) villain portrayed by the incomparable Benedict Cumberbatch. With J.J. Abrams back on board (at least until his "Star Wars" sequels are set to go into production), the full attention of Bad Robot Productions was put into this movie. There is very little chance this movie will be a flop. Expect a fantastic sci-fi thriller with plenty of heart and action. Live long and prosper!