It's time for my annual summer movie preview.
With summer comes a wave of special effects heavy blockbuster flicks. Recent years have been particularly saturated with sequels and super hero movies, and this summer is no different. I usually like to list every movie I have a general interest in, but this time around I'm going to do a Top 10.
These are my picks for the Top 10 most anticipated movies of the summer (May – August). Most of these are already highly awaited and hyped sequels, but there are a few that aren't. Obviously I can't include every movie that interests me, so let me know what I missed.
In the order of their release date:
Iron Man 3 - May 3
Needing no real introduction, Tony Stark returns for the third installment of the franchise, this time with a new director and a new villain. As I thoroughly enjoyed the first two films, this was an easy pick and a great way to kick off the summer movie going.
The Great Gatsby - May 10
Baz Luhrman's first movie since 2008's Australia brings a flashy adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. With the flash comes an A-List of actors including Leo DiCaprio, Toby McGuire, and Carry Mulligan.
Star Trek: Into Darkness - May 17
Probably my personal pick for most-anticipated movie of the summer, Into Darkness is the second installment in J.J. Abrams' revitalized vision of Star Trek. I was not into the traditional franchise at all (much more a Star Wars geek), but Abrams' 2009 movie was so good that I can't wait to see what he'll do this time around.
Fast & Furious 6 - May 24
Ok, If you're one of those people who just want to know when this series will end, I get that. I respect that. On the other hand, I don't give a ton of love to mindless action popcorn flicks, but I love (most of) this series. The last movie, Fast Five, might have actually been my favorite of them all, along with the original.
Man of Steel - June 14
I'm not a Superman guy; never have been. I grew up watching Batman, Spiderman, and the X-men, so Superman didn't really have a seat at the table. 2006's Superman reboot was also quite disappointing. Seemingly aiming for the tone of Nolan's hugely successful Batman franchise (Nolan himself being a co-writer and producer), Zach Snyder (300) takes a shot at legitimizing the man of steel.
Monsters University - June 21
Pixar's summer offering brings audiences a prequel to the beloved 2001 hit, Monsters, Inc. This time around we follow new pals Mike and Sully as they tackle the trials and triumphs of college life.
Despicable Me 2 - July 3
I am generally not a big fan of most computer animated movies that don't have the Pixar logo over their title, but Despicable Me was one of the few exceptions. I am looking forward to hopping back on the train with Gru, his three precious daughters, and a countless rabble of minions.
Pacific Rim - July 12
Normally a movie whose plot line summary involves aliens fighting robots would be immediately written off as mindless noise by the film snob in me. This is an exception. Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro (yes, that's the guy originally slated to direct The Hobbit movies) brings a ton of credibility and interest to the table here. Watch the trailer – it might be enough to convince you too.
Only God Forgives - July 19
Possibly the most obscure of my top 10 picks, this movie interests me simply because it is the re-teaming of Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn, who previously churned out one of my favorite movies of 2011, Drive. This time around, Gosling plays a drug smuggler in Bangkok who is faced with some difficult challenges. We will leave it vague.
Elysium - August 9
In 2009, director Neil Blomkamp gave audiences the surprise sci-fi movie of the year, District 9. This was one of my favorite sci-fi movies (not my favorite genre in the first place), and I was excited to see what he would do next. Elysium is one of at least 5, probably more, post-apocalyptic movies that are coming out this summer, and it's the only one that will make this list. Great cast + great director (usually) = great results.
Agree / Disagree? What movies are you excited to see? What did I leave off the list? What do you think will turn out to be a disappointment? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
*disclaimer: as I have not actually seen any of these movies yet, my official stamp of approval is not on any of them.