The 2016 Summer Flicks to see
Recently we gave our opinions on what movies we thought viewers should pass on this summer. Today, we will give you our take on what we are looking forward to. Some may disagree with what our colleagues said in the prior entry.
Please be warned, as with anyone’s opinions, your miles may vary!
Some of you may be mad that I have no desire to see Suicide Squad and I own it and stand by it. Not everything is for everybody, folks. Furthermore, I am beginning to show signs of super hero movie fatigue (come on, we are probably averaging somewhere around one movie every 3 months, so a break can be nice!). This is why I am looking forward to a not quite yet, completely murdered, sword and sorcery franchise in Warcraft. I played the game on and off 10 years ago so it’s going to be interesting to see if this movie will be the rare one that breaks the notion of video games that translate into movies that don’t do well. The story may not be great, but the visual effects looks to be stunning so let’s hope this movie doesn’t alienate the huge fan base that may go.
Star Trek Beyond
The 2nd rebooted movie really divided the Star Trek and movie going community. Sure, JJ Abrams may have been warming up to do Star Wars but Star Trek: Into Darkness was a train wreck in many ways. I am really nervous for Justin Lin coming into this after directing umpteen min Fast and Furious movies. In light of this being the 50th anniversary of the franchise, this movie has to hit it out of the park. I remain hopeful that, if nothing else, this movie can be at least better than the last. Plus, I am curious to see what Idris Elba is going to do in this movie as well.
X-men Apocalypse – contrary to my colleague, Belle’s assessment, I am just eager to see how much more Bryan Singer can muck up the X-men franchise. Just like previous sequels, the visuals look stunning but the story…let’s just say it can’t be as bad as Fantastic Four, right? …right?
Sausage Party – We talked about this when the trailer was first released. I am no fan of Seth Rogen but he will be the first to make an adult CGI animated movie (not to be confused with an adult animated movie like Fritz the Cat) that shows what happens with food after purchase. Parents, watch the trailer and leave the kids home for this one, ok?
Here comes John!
Captain America: Civil War
Well duh. The same folks that brought us the best of the Marvel Studios lineup with Captain America: Winter Soldier are back to do it again, and I am ready. Introducing Spider-Man into this universe, bringing Black Panther into the fold and promising some serious action, this first big summer release looks to be the best as well. Chris Evans returns for another go as the Captain, this time clashing with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark over the idea of masked vigilantes registering their identities with the government. The one summer film that I plan on seeing opening day.
Please excuse fellow PCU writer Ashley for placing this film on her list of must misses for summer 2016. She is still hurting over Matt Damon passing on ‘We Bought A Zoo 2: Still Zooing’ to make this movie.The first three Bourne films blew me away. Damon entered the action star Hall of Fame with his performance of a secret agent with amnesia. He kills bad guys with books. Seriously, and when there is only lighter reading around, he can off them with magazines too. This series of films forced the Bond franchise to rethink its methods and get a lot grittier. Despite a mostly forgotten spinoff featuring Jeremy Renner, this franchise has just been fantastic. Director Paul Greengrass returns from the second and third installments to film Damon parkouring his way to an inevitable periodical related death scene. I’m in!
The Nice Guys – Fattish Russell Crowe and less hot than usual Ryan Gosling play losers on the opposite side of the law who team up to solve a murder in the 1970’s. Writer/Direcor Shane Black taps into his Kiss Kiss Bang Bang comedy action mold for this one, and it looks quite good. This will probably tank at the box office, but it has cult classic written all over it.
The Founder – Based on a new Y.A. series? A legendary comic book character from the 1930’s? Nope. Michael Keaton continues his career rejuvenation as Ray Kroc, who helped make McDonalds the name-brand it is today. Who got stepped on and what it cost him on the way to success looks to be the key to this film’s story. Honestly, I don’t know if I will go see this in theaters, but it is certainly a home video watch as soon as it comes out. And honestly, we all need to see movies without dragons and laser beams once in a while, right?
Alice Through the Looking Glass
This sequel to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland looks amazing. I love the creepy vibe shown in the trailer, and it really seems to stay true to the trippy atmosphere of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel. Additionally, with the fact that the movie is being made by the same studio that did Maleficent, it looks like it’ll have a nice dark feel to it. I’m also interested to see Johnny Depp’s take on an even crazier Mad Hatter, since the movie revolves around him losing his “muchness”. With this also being the late Alan Rickman’s last movie before his untimely death from cancer back in January, it’ll be nice to hear his inimitable baritone again.
Yes, some of you (I’m giving Harry the side eye) may be suffering from “superhero movie fatigue”, but I am kind of psyched for this. To be honest, when I saw the first stills from the set, I was a bit skeptical. Apocalypse looked like the purple guy from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and I wasn’t sold on Archangel having his metal wings without his blue skin. However, with the way everything looks all put together? I think I have been sucked in. I’m glad they brought in Nightcrawler, and I am pretty excited to see Psylocke on the big screen.
Sausage Party – I’m with Harry on this one. As soon as I saw the announcement for this, I knew I had to see it. I don’t know what it is, but I have always found adult-themed animation to be intriguing. The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Metal, Cool World, etc. I love them all.
Pete’s Dragon – This isn’t the goofy, silly animated movie that Disney put out in 1977. It looks like a much more action & drama-oriented take on the original story. Oakes Fegley (as Pete) looks like he has some serious acting chops, and I am curious to see what he can do. Also, the CGI dragon in the movie (what little we see of it in the trailer) looks pretty amazing, and I’m a sucker for good visuals.
PopStar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The crew of The Lonely Island get their first feature film and I’m 100% here for it. I’ve been a fan since back in the day and dig their Monty Python-like combo of music and comedy and can’t wait to see how they send up the music industry in all of its glory.
This looks to be everything that BVS wasn’t, what with sticking to actual canon and having a storyline. The fact that the cast seem to fully embody their characters and look to be having a blast doesn’t hurt. Plus, Harley Quinn and Katana on the big screen? Yes, please!
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: While I’m leery of Tim Burton, Eva Green and Dame Judi Dench are always enough to peek my interest. That combined with a book that I adore makes me want to give this a go.
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words: Frank Zappa. That’s all I needed to hear really.
So what movies are you looking forward to? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.
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