I know the summer movie has already begun in early May with Thor, but before the rest of this summer’s films begin coming out I thought I’d make a list of movies I’m most excited to see this summer. In general I think this summer is going to be a solid one; I’m not sure if it will be as great as the summer of 2008, but that has yet to be seen. It seems like there isn’t as much original material this year because of all of the sequels and adaptions which I find a little bit disappointing. Either way I think we are in for a pretty fun summer if nothing else. Hopefully some of these adaptions can strike gold and prove me wrong. Or maybe if we’re really lucky there will be a movie that pulls an Inception and surprises all of us.
5. Captain America
Why: Captain America is a project that I have been very curious about ever since it was announced back in 2008. The character of Captain America is a very interesting one that I thought might be fairly difficult to bring to the big screen just because of the nature of the universe crafted around him.I was very nervous that it would not fit the same tone as the other films that fit themselves in the Marvel Film Universe. Then news of the film started trickeling out and I was more and more relieved the more I heard. Joe Johnston would be directing with Chris Evans starring as Captain America. This news was really exciting and then what sealed the deal was when they casted Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull. It was then that I knew that this film was in good hands. Now that I have been able to see what the film looks like in action I can say that not only am I confident that this film will be great, but I am really excited to see a super hero fighting in World War II. For anyone who is a fan of comics I really hope you give this one a look; its shaping up to be one of the best films that will hit this summer. Look for Cap on July 22
4. X-men First Class
Why: I’ll be the first to admit that after the absolute disappointment of X3 and my relative disappointment in X-men Origins: Wolverine I was not excited to see another X-men movie until Marvel finally got the rights to the X-men films back. So when the news that there was another X-men movie set in the 1960s being released I was less than enthusiastic. If you fast forward to a couple of months ago when the first trailer was put out my expectations for this film changed substantially. Instead of being down on the film I started looking at what the film had going for it. After critically thinking everything through I decided that this movie has true potential that X3 and Wolverine never really had. First Class is produced by Bryan Singer who directed the great and influential X-men and the terrific X2. This alone had me stoked for the film but then when I heard that Matthew Vaughn(whose past credits include Stardust and Kick-Ass) was directing I realized that this film stands a chance at changing my mind about X-men movies. The movie looks great and the young cast looks terrific. The films stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier(Professor X) and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lenhnsherr(Magneto) as they meet each other and begin a friendship that is destined to fail. When they assemble a team made up of several young mutants such as Beast(Nicholas Hoult), Raven Darkholme(Jennifer Lawrence), Banshee(Caleb Landry Jones), and Havoc(Lucas Till). The film also stars Kevin Bacon as the villainous Sebastien Shaw and Mad Men’s January Jones as Emma Frost. Everything from the film makers to the cast looks good in the 1960s set X-men. It will be hitting theaters on June 3.
3. Cowboys & Aliens
Why: Cowboys and Aliens may sound like a ridiculous Sci-fi original film but I assure that this will be something much better. If this movie had fallen into the wrong hands it could have been an absolute disaster, but because of who all has worked on this film; I am excited. I honestly don’t know a whole lot about this film but because of its great cast made up of Daniel Craig, the legendary Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, and Clancy Brown and has a production crew made up of director Jon Favereau, and producers Steven Spielberg, Damon Lindelof, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Brian Grazer while being written by Lindelof(co-creater of Lost), Kurtzmen and Orci(creators of Fringe) I am excited. It looks like its going to be a fun, exciting, and over the top. This has all of the makings of a great summer movie. I feel that because of the great cast and crew I don’t need to know a ton about this film to be excited. In the end I know I’ll get to see plenty of dead Cowboys and Aliens when the film invades theaters on July 29.
2. Super 8
Why: Any time J.J. Abrams puts out a project whether it be for TV or for movies I am automatically interested. With Super 8 he is going to pay tribute to Steven Spielberg’s 1980s style sci-fi movies. As with all Abrams’s projects it is shrouded in secrecy. This is one of many reasons I am very excited for this film. If there is one thing Abrams has always been able to do it was surprise his audience. When Star Trek was released in 2009 nobody thought that the classic sci-fi could be brought to a wide audience while still keeping its fan base happy. Abrams delivered. Abrams was able to market a movie without a name when he was making Cloverfield and he delivered one of the most intense thrillers I’ve ever experienced. Abrams delivered. When it was announced that Abrams would be making the third Mission Impossible fans freaked out and was worried that he wouldn’t be able to make a movie consistent with the first two. Abrams delivered. My point is that he has not failed to surprise his audiences and beat their expectations. When I say surprise I also mean that he keeps his movies pretty well under wraps so that when it is released film goers can all be surprised. Aside from Abrams I am also very excited to see an original film this summer. When I say original I mean that its not a sequel, remake, or adaption of something. There are at least 5 comic book adaptions, 1 major book adaption, 1 manga adaption, and countless sequels being put out this summer. Don’t get me wrong I’m very excited for these movies as much as the next guy, but it would certainly be nice to see movies like Inception and Super 8 that are something new. This hope for a fresh movie is what gets me very excited for it so like Cowboys & Aliens I don’t know a whole lot about this film, but I do know that I am very excited to see what it looks like because of the talent working on the film. Make sure to look for Super 8 when it is released on June 10.
1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Why: Normally I don’t get super excited for the Potter films. The reason being that I am normally disappointed. I always walked into the films expecting great things only to leave on seeing mediocre to good things. This all changed with Deathly Hallows Part 1. Maybe its because my expectations were fairly low or maybe its because the film makers finally figured it out but whatever it was about Deathly Hallows Part 1 that worked it made me excited for the films again. Part 1 was not only a worthy adaption but it was also an overall great movie. It was more character centered than the previous films, the acting seemed like it had gone up a notch, the production values looked better than ever, and the cinematography and art direction were fantastic. I had finally become emotionally invested into these films after 7 movies. There were plenty of times I laughed, clapped, got excited, and yes I even cried when I was watching Deathly Hallows Part 1. It was the Potter film I had been waiting for for years. Now that I have seen that the film makers can make a terrific Potter movie I can finally get excited for the next movie. Part 2 looks to have all of the payoff fans have been waiting for. There will be death, destruction, revelations, twists, and and most of all the end of an epic 10 year journey. After reading the Deathly Hallows multiple times I have had a hard time believing that the films could match my imagination, but after I was proved wrong on part 1 I am excited to see if I can be proven wrong again with Part 2. This is why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is my most anticipated movie of the summer. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to it when it arrives on July 15.
I hope you enjoyed the list and maybe I got you a little more excited for this summer. Didn’t see a movie you are really excited for? Leave a comment