2015 Summer Blockbuster Preview- Part 1
With the release of Furious 7 this past weekend, the blockbuster season has officially begun. Over the course of the next few months, huge movies will open that will most likely be some of the highest grossing movies of the year, and hopefully some of the best. In this article, I'll break down each big blockbuster and my anticipation level for that film. Let's get started.
Avengers: Age of Ultron- May 1st
May kicks off with the release of my most anticipated film of 2015... Annie 2. Wait, sorry. Wrong movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Who isn't excited for this movie, honestly? You have cast of all your favorite heroes from the first Avengers film coming back together, with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, with James Spader as the villain Ultron and Paul Bettany as the android Vision. The trailers have been spectacular, promising the fun from the first film with a Empire Strikes Back darker second chapter tone. The first people who have seen it are saying it's just as good if not better than the original, which I still think is the best Marvel movie to date and second best comic book movie ever (The Dark Knight gets top spot for that one). There is so much going on and I can't wait for it.
Mad Max: Fury Road- May 15th
The next big blockbuster is the fourth installment (or semi-reboot) Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. There some people losing their f*cking minds over this movie, but I am in the minority. I am not overly excited for this movie. I love Hardy and it looks visually incredible but I'm just not looking forward to it. I'm still going to see it and I'm hoping my low anticipation level is going to make it easy for me to be blown away. I want to love this movie and I'm hoping it really surprises me.
Tomorrowland- May 22nd
The Brad Bird/Disney spectacle Tomorrowland is next, and this is another movie a lot of people are excited about that I'm not. I know I am going to see Mad Max regardless of my thoughts, but this one I'm not so sure. It has a lot of potential to be good but I'm just not excited for it. Hopefully a third trailer will drop that will be fantastic, but right now, I'm not looking forward to it. I like Brad Bird though, and for the most part (Batman & Robin aside) I like George Clooney. I looks like a cool futuristic world, but I'm afraid all the CGI will just give us stuff we've seen a million times. I guess we'll find out May 22nd.
San Andreas- May 29th
May ends with the Michael Bay destruction porn San Andreas, which is not actually directed by Michael Bay. But it looks like it could be. Honestly, the only reason I'm interested in this movie is Dwayne Johnson, who has become one of my favorite personalities in Hollywood today. He is a fun, charismatic and great guy to watch on screen, and even if this movie sucks, I know he'll be really good in it. Last year saw the release of Hercules, which wasn't a great movie but the Rock definately elevated it. I'm going to hold out and hope that the reviews are good before I see it.
Spy- June 5th
Kicking off June is the Melissa McCarthy/Paul Feig R-rated comedy Spy. At first, I was skeptical but optimistic. I thought it had a great premise and I love the creative team and cast behind this, but there was a huge margin for error. However, early critic reviews have come out and everyone is loving this movie. So now I have higher expectations. I think this could be a surprise hit and it could maybe knock it out of the park.
Jurassic World- June 12th
My third most anticipated movie of 2015 is Jurassic World. I love the original Jurassic Park and I really like Chris Pratt. Everything we have seen from this movie has been really good and I think this may very well be the start of a new set of Jurassic Parks films. I think this movie is going to do well financially and be really good. I just hope it can follow through with my expectations, but I have little doubt it will.
Inside Out- June 19th
Next up is the latest Pixar film Inside Out. Pixar has made some of the best animated films of all time and I am always interested in what they do. Their films relate not just to kids but to adults as well, which is why I like their movies so much. I have heard a lot of positive things about Inside Out. The trailers have been really good and I love the cast. Coming off of Parks and Recreation, I am really into Amy Poehler, and I think Bill Hader and Lewis Black are great additions too. I am very interested in seeing this movie because it has the potential to be one of the best of the year.
Ted 2- June 26th
Ending June is Ted 2, the sequel to 2012's huge hit Ted. I never saw the original film, but I know there are a lot of people interested in this movie. I really liked the trailer for the sequel, so I would be interested in seeing it. Seth MacFarlane is a popular guy right now, even though he's coming off of a bomb in A Million Ways to Die in the West, and I really like Mark Wahlberg as an actor.
There's May and June. Part Two of this preview will have July and August, which you can check out here.
What do you think? Which films are you going to see? Which ones are you going to avoid? What will be the biggest film of the summer? What will bomb? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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