In exactly eight days, I’ll be sitting in a movie theater watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier. With that, it’ll in (in my mind) officially be summer movie season. (Not sure the weather in NYC will agree with my categorization of “summer,” but that’s a discussion for a different blog). You’ll note this is pretty sequel-heavy, but that’s the industry today.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
Out of all of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think Captain America is my second-favorite (behind Iron Man). Given that [SPOILER ALERT] both “The Avengers” and “Thor 2” basically had third acts that consisted of “a portal will open and bad guys will come to Earth,” I’m looking forward to the first Marvel movie since 2011 with a different finale.
Amazing Spider-Man 2:
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Dave Franco? Sold.
X-Men: Days of Future Past:
Confession: I LOVED X-Men: First Class. Hoping for big things from this sequel. Besides, who couldn’t use more J-Law in their lives?
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:
Confession: I LOVED the 2011 prequel. I always enjoyed the original “Planet of the Apes” movies (the Charlton Heston ones, not the 2001 Mark Wahlberg remake), and this new one looks darker and more plot-heavy than the 2011 “original.”
Trans4mers: Age of Extinction:
So, movies I already love as a guilty pleasure, but Mark Wahlberg subbed in for Shia LaBeouf? And Dinobots?? Yes please.
Can’t be worse than the Matthew Broderick one.
22 Jump Street:
Well….this one could really go one of two ways. When the Wachowskis are good, they’re good (The Matrix). When they’re bad (Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Cloud Atlas)….yikes. Bonus points for more Chan.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I’m an unabashed Chris Pratt fan, and Cooper Bradley (copyright: Rachel Weiner) as a raccoon has me intrigued. This will definitely be the weirdest of the Marvel movies (interstellar travel, collecting precious gems, etc.), but if this one hits, it’ll hit big.
Definitely the most serious choice on the list, and the movie that could go either way. Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo and (!) Channing Tatum in theory could have made a hilarious bromance movie, but instead made this film about a paranoid schizophrenic who kills a wrestling champion. The movie’s already been pushed back once, which is never a good sign, but this could still end up being a rare summer (dramatic) gem.
Jason Segel, easily the best part of “Bad Teacher,” re-teams with his co-star Cameron Diaz. I’ll give you a minute to peruse the official synopsis:
“When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, they’ll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for.”
Jason Segel rom-coms are my favorite, and if this is 1/10th as good as Forgetting Sarah Marshall (or 1/2 as good as The Five Year Engagement), I’ll be satisfied.
So…any other movies people are excited to see? Let me know in the comments.