By: Brandon Scavone
Summer means a lot of different things to different people. To some, it’s a time to take off from school, relax, and soak up the sun and great weather. To others, it’s a time to catch up on missed classes, with the occasional summer night out with friends and families. If you’re a die-hard movie fan like myself, then summer means one thing and one thing only: Big blockbuster movies. I’m here to break down and tell you the ten movies that you shouldn’t miss this summer!
May 2nd The Amazing Spider-man 2
The sequel to 2012’s The Amazing Spider-man, this promises to be bigger, more dramatic and all and all more fun than the last entry. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, with Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx joining the crew as Harry Osborn and the villain Electro.
Why you can’t miss it: Anyone who has seen the trailers to this can attest to the fun, comic book feel this is trying to go for, and any summer blockbuster that brings Oscar winner Jamie Foxx’s caliber to the villain role isn’t to be ignored.
May 16th Godzilla
The King of Monsters has made his return! Summer movies are all about big, and no one does that better than Godzilla himself. The cast is full of winners such as Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen (Who will team up again next summer in Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Ken Watanabe. The biggest star coming to this, besides for Godzilla himself, is
Bryan Cranston, fresh off the Emmy winning series, Breaking Bad.
Why you can’t miss it: “Because it’s Godzilla” is all I should have to write here, but for those who still need convincing, the reason to flock to the theater and see this is that this needs to be seen in a theater, IMax preferably. The serious tone of film looks to fill the needs of fans of both action and horror.
May 23rd X-men: Days of Future Past
The latest in the X-men franchise sees a team up of new and old. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen returning as Professor X and Magneto and joining the cast of X-men: First Class, which includes Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and the ever popular Jennifer Lawrence. Fan favorite Hugh Jackmen rounds out the cast as Wolverine.
Why you can’t miss it: The X-men franchise has always been extremely popular, and this promises to be the biggest of them all. The old cast unites with the new to face time travel, robots and Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage as the villain.
May 30th Maleficent
We all remember the story of sleeping beauty, or do we? Maleficent is out to tell the story from a point of view that is so often ignored. Don’t throw this out as a Disney Princess style romp yet. The movie is combining the tones of dark fairy tales with a scope akin to Lord of the Rings.
Why you can’t miss it: Hollywood royalty, Angelina Jolie, is making her big screen return for the first time in a few years with this film, and it promises to be a worthy return. The effects and the battles between two mystical armies is enough to bring me in. Oh, and dragons. There will be dragons.
June 13th How to Train your Dragon 2
How to Train your Dragon was a surprise hit back in 2010 and the long awaited sequel is sure to be one to watch. Unlike most animated kids that are stuck in a stage of perpetual youth, Hiccup has aged a significant amount since his last appearance. The continued adventures of him and his dragon Toothless are here to give us our much-needed dose of summer time whimsy.
Why you can’t miss it: It’s not often you hear the word “Cinematography” thrown around with animated films, but How to Train your Dragon and the upcoming sequel are true testaments of the exception. The way the flights of Toothless are shown is jaw dropping and beautiful, and the score is sure to let us escape to a more fun place. And who wouldn’t want their own dragon?
June 13th 22 Jump Street
On the subject of sequels to surprise hits, no one expected 2012’s 21 Jump Street to be a success. It was a reboot of a TV show in the 80’s starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. How could that go right? Well, it went very right. Last time we saw the two, they were infiltrating a high school. Now, they have moved on to college, and we are all waiting to see what hijinks comes this time.
Why you can’t miss it: The original was such a runaway hit that I doubt many people won’t be willing to give this one a chance. To those who think that leading man Channing Tatum is just good for teen romance and dance movies, you need to see this movie. Tatum has a gift for comedy that is rare to see, and it is just a joy to watch.
June 27th Transformers: Age of Extinction
I doubt anyone reading this is unaware of the megafranchise that is the Transformers movies, but here’s a quick rundown. Giant space robots come to earth and transform into the latest GM cars, and fight other giant space robots that transformed into various military vehicles. The leader of the good robots, Optimus prime, is found by Mark Wahlberg and the action starts. Also, there are even bigger giant space robots that transform into giant robot dinosaurs. Go ahead and read that sentence a few times.
Why you can’t miss it: In case you didn’t read the top part, this series is completely over the top and just filled with large amounts of action and nonsense. It’s also one of the most purely fun movie franchises to watch. As ridiculous as the premise sounds, it’s just an immensely fun, and anyone that says they don’t want to see giant space robots transform into giant robot dinosaurs is not to be trusted.
July 11th Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
If this summer has one thing, it’s sequels to movies that no one thought would be any good. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was very much one of those movies. I laughed out loud in the theater when I first saw the trailer, but boy, was I wrong. What I thought was going to be a stupid movie with monkeys was one of the most refreshing films in a long time, and here comes the next one.
Why you can’t miss it: Apes on horses mostly, but mainly because this is a break from the silly nature of most summer blockbusters. The fact that the nutty premise is taken so seriously, and delivers so well is really something to behold. The first film set up the apes as a force, and now we have two standing armies, apes and humans. Who will win, and who will claim the planet? Well, we all know the answer to this, but it’s going to be something special to watch.
Guardians of the Galaxy
What it is:
If were on the subject of silly premises, than this one takes the cake. Marvel Studios, who has created the enormous Avengers franchise, is taking a bit of a risk with this one, but it looks as if it’s paying off. The film is about a group of anti-heroes in deep space. The heroes are Star Lord, a Han Solo type, Drax the Destroyer, a space titan out for revenge, Gamora, a walking weapon of mass destruction, Groot, a tree like alien who can only say “I AM GROOT” and Rocket Raccoon, a trained weapon specialist who just happens to be a two foot tall raccoon.
Why you can’t miss it:
The cast. That’s it. Chris Pratt, from TV’s Parks and Recreation stars as Star-Lord. Zoe Saldana, who’s sci-fi cred includes Star Trek and Avatar, goes green for Gamora. Wrestler Dave Bautista needs no help as Drax the Destroyer. The best part is, of course, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Who do you get to be a ten-foot tall tree? Action superstar Vin Diesel, that’s who. What about the space raccoon with a bad temper? How about two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper? Yea, this is going to be a fun one.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
What it is:
It’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Whether you remember the hyper violent comics of the late eighties, the campy live action movies or the early nineties feel good cartoon, you know the turtles, and they’re back on the big screen. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are all back, as well as Master Splinter and their arch nemesis Shredder.
Why you can’t miss it:
If you remember these guys from your childhood, then you owe it to yourself to check it out. Maybe you have a kid of your own who watches the new series on Nickelodeon. Then I don’t think you’re going to have much of a choice, so might as well get excited. One way or another, this looks to be two hours of pure nostalgia, and who doesn’t enjoy that.