Despite having movies I have been anticipating for years, this looks like a pretty lame year for summer tentpole films. This year, “summer” starts on March 4th. I don’t imagine that I’ll be seeing a lot of movies this summer but I am definitely going to try and see these five.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)
Even though Spider-Man 3 was pretty bad, I still hate how quickly they rebooted it (I know there are legal reasons they needed to do it but still). I think Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy respectively) are well cast and appreciate that they are going back to the mechanical web shooters (which highlights Parker’s intelligence) but tying Parker’s parents into the origin and that horrible suit have me shaking my head. All I know if J. Jonah Jameson appears in the sequels, they better get J.K. Simmons back.
4. Brave (June 22)
3. Prometheus (June 8)
Is it a prequel to Aliens? Who cares? It’s Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) doing science fiction again. Every trailer has gotten me more excited for it. This looks incredibly intense and that cast (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron) looks amazing.
2. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
Even with the latest trailer, I’m still not sure what we’re going to get in the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. On the surface, it looks like Bane (Tom Hardy) is filling in for the Joker (the late Heath Ledger) in the “creating chaos for Gotham” role except Bane isn’t as great a character. Also, while I am a fan of Anne Hathaway, I’m not very excited to see Catwoman in the mix. However, with that cast (adding Joseph Gordon Levitt and Marion Cotillard) and Nolan at the helm, I know I won’t be too disappointed.
1. The Avengers (May 4)
The movie every geek has been waiting for since the closing credits of Iron Man in 2008. I remember arguing with people on message boards back in the day how it would be impossible for there to be something like an Avengers movie because of the cost of the special effects and a top-notch cast but Marvel, after four years of setup, have finally pulled it off. I would have seen it if anyone directed it but the fact that Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) is directing has increased my anticipation to epic proportions. The question isn’t “Will I love it?” The question is “Will I love it so much that you not liking it will make me like you less?”
Other movies that I’m also curious about but will likely wait until they are out on video: Moonrise Kingdom (May 25 Limited), Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8), Take the Waltz (June 29 limited), My Sister’s Sister (June 15), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (June 29), Ted (July 13), Ruby Sparks (July 25 limited), The Bourne Legacy (August 3), The Campaign (August 10)
What movies are you looking forward to this summer?