2017 Summer Blockbuster Preview- PART TWO
With the spring ending and the summer quickly approaching, we once again enter that time of the year for the summer blockbuster season. Here, the biggest films of the year come out over a stretch of just four months. It's a grueling time for a cinephile, because missing just one week can set you back entirely. But it's also one of my favorite times of year. We get to have Marvel movies, DC films, as well as other giant franchises all come out at the same time, and we get to enjoy them all. But, as always, there are some duds out there. Some stinkers that you shouldn't waste your money on, when there's an amazing film coming out just the following week. We at The Movie Paradise can't allow you to waste money and miss out on some awesome movies, so here is our official summer blockbuster preview for 2017 of what to see and what to skip.
**You can read Part One of our Summer Blockbuster Preview here**
Spider-Man: Homecoming- July 7th
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 might have been my most anticipated film of the year, Spider-Man: Homecoming is my second. Spider-Man has always been my favorite comic book character, ever since I was a little kid. And after Tom Holland crushed as the character in Captain America: Civil War, I've been excited to see him in his own solo venture. Add Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Michael Keaton as the Vulture to the mix, and you got yourself a pretty damn exciting flick. I do hope this is the best Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man 2 (which isn't a pretty hard feat to accomplish, in actuality). I don't think it will surpass the first two Sam Raimi movies, but I hope it is on par with them. With Marvel producing this film alongside Sony, I have high hopes that they're going to turn in something truly special, and being the big fan of Spider-Man that I am, that's all I can really ask for.
With Casey Affleck coming right off of his Oscar win for Manchester By the Sea (which should have gone to Denzel Washington for Fences, mind you), A Ghost Story immediately becomes intriguing. Even though I personally wouldn't have given him the Oscar, Affleck is an incredibly talented actor, and that alone gets me excited for this movie. But add Rooney Mara to the mix, who is one of the most underappreciated actresses working right now, and you got yourself a f*cking motion picture! The trailer recently dropped for this movie, and I thought it was great. It really looks like it could be a profound and moving film. A24 produces this film, and they have been on a roll recently! Every time I hear they have a movie coming out, I immediately get excited. And A Ghost Story is really no exception to that.
War for the Planet of the Apes- July 14th
Apes! Together! Strong! The long-awaited conclusion to the phenomenal new Planet of the Apes trilogy is finally coming this summer! Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a magnificent movie. Andy Serkis gave the best performance he's ever given (in my opinion), and he seriously should have been considered for a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards. While I didn't think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was as good as Rise, it was still an excellent movie. So now we turn our sights to War for the Planet of the Apes. If this movie is as good as Dawn, then I think we'll have one of the best, most consistent trilogies of films ever made. In this one, Caesar (Serkis) goes up against Woody Harrelson, which I think will be incredible. The latest trailer to drop for this movie gave me goosebumps, and made me really lose my sh*t for this film. Ultimately, I cannot wait to see the movie, and I'm crossing my fingers hoping that it is as good as I want it to be.
I'm calling it now: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Assplugs is going to be the biggest bomb of the summer. The trailers look like sh*t. The CGI looks like the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns circa 2001. Remember that? Okay, it's doesn't look quite that bad, but it doesn't look good either. I wouldn't be surprised if it was revealed that this is set in the same universe as f*cking Jupiter Ascending, because they sure as hell look a lot alike. I have zero interest in this movie. Zero. It's coming out the same weekend as Dunkirk, and it's going to be crushed. I thought it would bomb even before I realized it was coming out at the same time as Dunkirk, but now it's going to lose even more money. The only time Valerian is ever going to be ahead of Dunkirk is on this list. This movie is going to lose the studio a lot of money. I don't see any reality in which Valerian succeeds and makes tons of money. It's going to fail. Sorry to the three people who were excited for this movie.
Now this is the real movie coming out July 21st. I've said this plenty of times before, but Christopher Nolan is my favorite director working today. I love all of his films, and thus I cannot wait for Dunkirk. We haven't seen Nolan do this kind of movie before, and it's exciting to see him venture into new territory. I want to see a Christopher Nolan war epic. People are complaining that it's PG-13, but all of his blockbusters have been PG-13. That's no real surprise. Who actually expected Warner Bros. to approve making a $200 million dollar R-rated summer blockbuster? You can read the rest of my thoughts on that issue here. Anyways, I can't wait to see this movie. I don't think it will rival The Dark Knight or Inception to be Nolan's best film ever, but I think it will certainly be a really good movie. I'm very excited to see what he ends up turning in.
From the co-director of John Wick, David Leitch, comes John Wick... but with a woman. I hope Atomic Blonde is more than just a female version of John Wick. As awesome as the trailer was, that's what it ultimately looked like to me. The action style and choreography was exactly the same. I just think it's a disservice to Charlize Theron to make her just a female John Wick. I thought there was a chance that the two could cross over, explaining the similar action styles, but Atomic Blonde takes place during the Cold War, whereas John Wick is set in modern day. There's still a chance Theron's character could work for the Continental, the hotel featured in John Wick, but I highly doubt it. As long as this movie ends up standing as its own awesome action film, then I will be super excited for it. The cast looks fantastic, and I'm interested to see what Leitch is like as a standalone director, before he tackles Deadpool 2 next summer.
The Emoji Movie- July 28th
Guys, my two most anticipated movies of the year are coming out this summer: Transformers: The Last Knight and The Emoji Movie! It's so awesome that these two cinematic masterpieces will be coming out just a month apart from each other. The fan in me can barely hold it all in! Speaking of taking a sh*t, The Emoji Movie... Back when this was announced, I made a bet with our other writer, Rob, for $20 that this movie would be rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. And I fully expect to earn my money on that one. I don't care if Patrick Stewart is voicing the Poop Emoji. I don't care who the hell is in this movie. It's a movie about f*cking emojis. Emojis! The little pictures you text someone when you're drunk. Yeah, they made a movie about those and spent millions of dollars on it. When people say that Hollywood is making too many blockbusters and it's ruining independent film, I usually fight them on it. But I can't in regards to The Emoji Movie. Think of how many independent movies could have been funded with the budget for this film! I can't believe I just called The Emoji Movie a "film". God help us all.
The Dark Tower- August 4th
I knew nothing about The Dark Tower before the trailer hit. All I knew was that it was based on a Stephen King novel, and that it starred Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. That's it. And I didn't have any real expectations for it, until the trailer dropped. And I thought it looked great! It was definitely a lot bigger in scope that I thought it would be, and the action looked awesome. You can check out that trailer here. So whereas I had pretty much no expectations for The Dark Tower before, I am now really looking forward to it. Is my anticipation for it was high as it is for say Spider-Man: Homecoming or War for the Planet of the Apes. No, but I think it could be a fun film to come out in a pretty much barren month of August. There's not a ton of great stuff coming out then and, if The Dark Tower is really good, it could end up stealing the month. So while I'm now really looking forward to it, I'll still be mostly holding out until I hear the early reviews.
Detroit- August 4th
Detroit looks to be a very promising film. It's directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who is a fantastic director. An Oscar-winning director, even. It has an incredible cast, including John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jack Reynor, Jason Mitchell, and Will Poulter. It's an impressive line-up, and the trailer itself was really good. I think this movie does have a lot of potential. If it falls in line with Straight Outta Compton, in terms of telling a story about race issues through the guise of another story, then I think Detroit could be fascinating. But if it just depicts the Detroit Riots simply on its own, then I think it runs the risk of not being as strong of a movie as it frankly needs to be. In the hands of Bigelow, I have full confidence that this film will deliver. I don't think Detroit will be the kind of film to have a presence at the Oscars, but I think it can be a very impactful movie that strikes in August, which you don't tend to see very often.
As big of a fan of The Conjuring franchise as I am, I never saw the Annabelle spin-off. It didn't look very good, and it didn't get the best of reviews. So I really couldn't care less when I heard a sequel was happening. But then, they got Lights Out director David F. Sandberg to helm the film, and that certainly caught my attention. I was still hesitant, because bringing on Sandberg to direct didn't necessarily mean the movie was going to be great. But then I saw the trailer, and I loved it. It reminds me a lot of what happened with Ouija. The first one was complete sh*t, and no one cared about it. Then, they brought in a really talented director for Ouija: Origin of Evil, staged it as more of a prequel, and it was a fantastic movie! With Annabelle: Creation, I think they're going for a similar thing. The trailer was creepy as hell, and already looks so much better than how the original film looked. I have really high hopes for this, and I am definitely going to check it out!
Death Note- August 25th
Death Note is a movie I really know nothing about. I had never heard of it, until I saw the teaser trailer, which did look interesting. I learned afterwards that it's a beloved Anime property, which I have mixed thoughts on. If the original source material is good, then the movie certainly does have a leg up. However, that's not definitive in assuring me that the movie will actually be good. This year's Ghost in the Shell was an adaptation of a beloved Anime, and I did not like the movie at all! I thought it looked beautiful, but it was completely emotionally hollow. I just hope the same thing doesn't happen with Death Note. I don't want this to be another shell of a great Anime. I'm holding out hope for it, because I found the teaser to be interesting. Plus, Willem Dafoe is in it as some sort of monster, and I think he's a great actor. So we'll see if this movie pans out to actually be something decent.
Terminator 2; Judgment Day 3D- August 25th
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of my favorite films of all time. I go back and forth as to whether this or Aliens is my favorite James Cameron movie. But, most times, I fall back on T2. It is just such a great action movie. Twice, Cameron has made a sequel that is better than the original, with this movie and with Aliens. It just shows how incredible of a filmmaker he is. Back when Terminator: Genisys was coming out (remember that hunk of sh*t?), I reviewed T2, which you can read here. So when T2 hits theaters for its 3D release, I most likely will not review it. However, I will definitely go see it, as I love the movie. Seeing Titanic in 3D was a great experience, and it was fun to see that movie in theaters, as I never got to get a chance back when it first came out. Same here with T2. It will be amazing to see it on the big screen, and now I can't wait for the end of August.
What do you think? Which of these films are you looking forward to? Which ones are you planning on skipping? Do you agree with our recommendations? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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