OK, that might be a little too harsh. Something has come over me in the last few years. In my early 20’s, I was so excited for any new Superhero film or big time Sci-Fi blockbuster to hit theaters. Now, that I have a few semesters of film school in me, and the unstoppable idea that I am, in fact, getting older, those big budget films do not excite me anymore.
With all that being said, I do enjoy making these lists and it has been months since I have actually written anything on my blog (school and internships are more important now); I figured I put down the ten films I am most looking forward to seeing this Summer. Unlike earlier years, some of these entries (the bottom half of it mostly) are films that I want to see, not out of excitement, but in the hopes that I might find them enjoyable. I am sure some of you will complain, but here is the first of two parts discussing the Summer movie season.
10) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Director – Jonathan Liebesman.
Release Date: August 8th
Like everyone else who has an interest in this Michael Bay produced film, I grew up loving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I remember watching the 90’s cartoon, watching those bad, but fun live-action movies, and playing the video games in arcades and on friends Super Nintendo. I am not ashamed to say that I still own a pair of TMNT pajamas, which I have stashed at my girlfriend’s place.
With all that out in the open, I am not one of those people who will say that, once again, Michael Bay is raping my childhood. If I ever find the time to actually watch those old cartoons, I am sure – like Transformers – they will not have aged well. I do not have high hopes for this film, but like all of us grown men who like to relive childhood, I want to see this film succeed.
9) Guardians of The Galaxy. Director – James Gunn
Release Date: August 1st
Another film that has caused more curiosity than excitement for me. I have never read Guardians of The Galaxy and have never bothered to look into any of these characters besides Drax for reasons I can not remember. Marvel Studios has impressed me this year with the newest Captain America film, which is a rarity as their track record is more misses (critically anyway) than hits. This film however, is perhaps their biggest gamble; making a big-budget action flick with a cast of characters even the most die-hard of comic fans can live without.
The Guardians of The Galaxy series has never been a popular one among comic fans, but, trying to make a live-action kick-ass version of Futurama does seem interesting.
8) The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Director – Marc Webb
Release Date: May 2nd
Yeahhhhhh, this film. I was not a fan of the first Marc Webb directed Spider-Man, and from what I have seen so far, it does not seem I will particularly enjoy this one either. So why is it on this list at all? Because, I just love the character of Spider-Man. No matter how low of expectations I may have for this and future Spider-Man related entertainment, I will follow, because Spider-Man is what re-ignited the Superhero movie franchise, and because we all just want Peter Parker to win.
It is astonishing to me that with a cast like this: Andrew Garfield, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan; people who have been nominated for Oscars, won Oscars, could potentially win Oscars in the future, and all the CGI Sony can throw at it, I just can not find it interesting. Who knows? Maybe Webb will surprise me; and at least the effects look better than they have ever been.
7) Neighbors. Director – Nicolas Stoller
Release Date: May 9th
Summer comedies are always a treat, when they are actually funny. Seth Rogen has made a career out of starring – as well as writing and producing – Summer comedies. Instead of being the laid out stoner guy, it seems that Rogen will be playing straight man to Efron, who has demonstrated in smaller TV roles that he indeed, has comic timing.
It has been a long time since High School Musical, and out of the rest of the cast, Efron does seem the one prime to become a superstar away from Disney. I am sure this will have some laughs, and hopefully have some quotes we can use throughout the Summer.
6) Godzilla. Director – Gareth Edwards
Release Date: May 16th
In 1954, Japanese filmmaker Ishrio Honda directed the very first Godzilla movie. Now 60 years later, the King of The Monsters returns to theaters. We, as an audience, have washed away the memory of the failed Godzilla reboot of the 90’s. Gone is Matthew Broderick, here is multiple Emmy award-winning Bryan Cranston. Yes, I am aware that Anthony Taylor-Johnson is in the film, however I believe that even he can not out shadow the cinematic force that is Godzilla.
Director Gareth Evans seems as if he has made a Godzilla film, that is faithful to the themes of the original vision. I hope so, for this is the first time in a long time that I find myself excited for anything Godzilla related.