As I started to put this post together, I realized this might be the last summer where my top priority will be catching the best and biggest spectacles Hollywood has to offer. This will be the last time going to the movies won’t involve babysitters or telling my child “Shh”. I swore to myself a long time ago that I would never be that person who brings their child into the movie theater until they understand the concept of sitting quietly for two hours. If that means missing The Avengers 2 in 2015, so be it. Sigh.
I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re not there yet.
5. Pacific Rim (July 12)
It was between this and The Wolverine for the number five spot but I picked Pacific Rim. The Wolverine, while promising, still has the potential to suck. I’ve already been burned once by a Wolverine movie. Besides I’ve enjoyed every Guillermo del Toro I’ve ever seen and let’s be honest. This is a film about gigantic man-controlled robots facing giant monsters in battle.. That may sound silly or stupid to you but to 13 year old Sean, it sounds like a dream come true.
4. Man of Steel (June 14)
If not for the latest trailer, this might not have made the top five list. While I’m still annoyed that Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) appears to be miserable most of the time, the action looks amazing. I was stunned to see that Zack Snyder didn’t use his typical slow motion tricks. He uses slow motion so much in his films – 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch – it turns a 90-minute affair into a two-hour slog. As far as comic book movies go, this is the most important one of the year. If Man of Steel sucks and/or bombs, kiss the Justice League movie bye-bye.
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)
It doesn’t appear that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan but he might as well be. From the looks of the latest trailer, it seems that Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew fo the Enterprise have finally met their match. The action looks fantastic and I’m only slightly tired of Cumberbatch’s villainous monologuing. Hopefully, J.J. Abrams finally cuts down on the lens flares.
2. Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe begins now. Lost in all the talk of Marvel pulling off Captain America, Thor and The Avengers was how bad a film Iron Man 2 was. It spent too much time trying to set up the rest of the Marvel films, too much time with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) building stuff and not enough time of Tony Stark being Iron Man. Also, it’s rare when the third movie in a series is even good, let alone great but reuniting Robert Downey Jr.with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black made me excited to see this nonetheless.
1. Before Midnight (May 24)
It’s crazy how quickly this went from “maybe this is going to happen” to “they made it and it’s coming out next month.” Even with all the geeky/sci-fi movies coming out, the final chapter in the Before Sunset trilogy take precedence over all of them. I’m curious how future worked out for Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). It is strange to see them interacting with other people in the trailer. I’m just so used to watching them walk and talk by themselves for 90 minutes. I know it will be good. I’m just hoping for greatness.
Other movies that I’m also curious about but will likely wait until they are out on DVD/Netflix: The Great Gatsby (May 10), Fast & Furious 6 (May 24), Much Ado About Nothing (June 7), This Is the End (June 14), Monsters University (June 21), World War Z (June 21), Despicable Me 2 (July 5), The Wolverine (July 26), Fruitvale Station (July 26), Elysium (August 9), Kick Ass 2 (August 16) and The World’s End (August 23)
Why? What movies are you looking forward to?