2017 Summer Blockbuster Preview- PART ONE
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.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5th
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is my most anticipated film of the year. Yes, even more so than Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. For some people, that's considered blasphemy, but that's just how I feel. I loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It was fun, exciting, and just so damn entertaining. All the performances were fantastic, and I think James Gunn brought a lot to the movie from a creative standpoint. With Vol. 2, it looks like we're getting everything we loved about the first one, and more so. The early reviews are saying that it's not as good as the first one, but I don't think it necessarily needs to be as good as the first one. The first was such lightning in a bottle that Gunn would have to be a wizard to recapture that. As long as I have a good time with the movie, and this story services and furthers the characters, then I think I will be ultimately happy and satisfied.
I haven't been super on board with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Guy Ritchie is an interesting director, and he certainly has his own unique style. I think he can definitely bring something to this movie. However, I don't think the trailers have been very good. A super stylized feel can certainly enhance a film (Guardians of the Galaxy), or it can severely limit and hurt a movie. And it looked like it would more hurt the film here with King Arthur. Now, our other writer Rob has already seen the film. He went to an advanced screening, and said it was actually pretty decent. That does give me a bit of hope, even if it is just a little bit. King Arthur isn't something I'm jumping out of my chair to go see, but it will probably end up being disposable enough that I can go and enjoy myself with.
Alien: Covenant- May 19th
I am a major fan of the Alien franchise. Alien and Aliens were both fantastic, but the franchise hasn't been at that level since. Prometheus was decent enough, but it wasn't near as good as the series' best. Keep your eyes out for a review for Prometheus, in preparation for Alien: Covenant's release. But with this film, I cannot wait for it! It looks like Ridley Scott is going back to what worked when he did Alien. He's going back to the suspense and to the horror. Prometheus was a step in the right direction, but I think it ultimately fell flat of accomplishing what Scott wanted it to do. With Covenant, I think he has course-corrected, and I think we're finally going to see the Alien movie that we've wanted to see since 1986. The great thing about this movie is that we know practically nothing about it. We've had two trailers, and they were really good in not revealing too much, or spoiling any major plot points or twists. So I'm walking into it knowing pretty much nothing, and that is incredibly reliving for such a big blockbuster film.
Wakefield- May 19th
I only recently watched the trailer for Wakefield, and I'm mixed on what to think of it. Bryan Cranston looks phenomenal in it. Of course, I'm a huge fan of him in Breaking Bad, and I also thought he did a great job in his Oscar nominated role in Trumbo. But with Wakefield, it looks as if Cranston is tapping into an emotion we haven't seen from him since Breaking Bad. So I have no worries about him and his performance. What I'm worried about is the story. From the trailer, it looks like it could either be incredibly meaningful and more of a metaphorical story, or it could be utterly realistic and fall flat. It's a story that can go either of two ways, and I hope it goes one way instead of the other. I'm definitely going to check this movie out. I'll certainly see Alien: Covenant first, but I will go see Wakefield at some point. I just hope it goes the way I want it to go, and that Cranston delivers on giving the brilliant performance that we all know he's capable of.
Baywatch- May 25th
Baywatch is a film where I haven't really liked the trailers, and yet I'm still really looking forward to seeing the movie. I have the feeling that it's ultimately going to be one of those comedies that has terrible trailers, but ends up being really good. It looks like a 21 Jump Street edition of the Baywatch television series, which I think could really work. I will see anything Dwayne Johnson is in, and Zac Efron has been knocking it out of the park lately in terms of comedy. The director, Seth Gordon, made Horrible Bosses, which I really liked a lot. So it has all the makings for a really solid comedy. It's just that the trailers haven't been the best. I think there's a good chance that this movie could be a surprise hit, but, at the same time, I think there's also a good chance that this movie is just going to fall flat. I'm hoping for the former, but we'll see.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- May 26th
From the beginning, I've been completely against Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I loved the first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but since then the movies have just been boring. However, the franchise keeps on making billions and billions of dollars, so of course they're going to keep making more. And for a while, I had about as much interest in Dead Men Tell No Tales as I did Transformers: The Last Knight. If that's not clear enough, there was no f*cking way I was going to see this piece of sh*t. But then, CinemaCon happened. Dead Men Tell No Tales was screened there and, to much surprise, people came out of it really happy. They were saying it's a return to Curse of the Black Pearl, which is all I needed to hear to get me to buy a ticket. With all this good buzz, I'm definitely going to see this movie now. If the same thing happens for Transformers, then this is certainly going to be one hell of a year for me eating my words.
Wonder Woman- June 2nd
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) was probably one of the better parts of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I was against Gadot being cast, simply because she hadn't proved herself as an actress yet. I didn't think she was right to lead this big of a franchise. However, for the limited time she was in the movie, she was really good in Batman v. Superman, and she has been great in the trailers so far for Wonder Woman. The trailers for this movie have been outstanding, especially in terms of the action. It looks like 300 in the best kind of way. It looks incredible, and I'm really hopeful that Patty Jenkins is going to give us an awesome movie. It's just that DC has burned me before with Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, which both also had awesome trailers. So I'm cautiously optimistic for Wonder Woman for that reason alone. I have a sneaking feeling, however, that this one will end up being DC's best movie since Man of Steel, but I don't want to jinx anything.
Captain Underpants- June 2nd
Let me give you a little bit of context: I loved the Captain Underpants books as a kid. I owned and read all of them, and enjoyed them thoroughly. So mainly do to that, I've been looking forward to seeing this movie. The voice cast is stacked. Kevin Hart voices George Beard, with Thomas Middleditch as Harold Hutchins. Ed Helms plays Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants, with Nick Kroll as the villain, Professor Poopypants. The books were always ridiculous, but they were also always fun. And that's what I hope this animated film captures. I like that they retained the author's artistic design for the characters, as that really helped establish the world in the books. It definitely shows that they are committed to the source material. Like I said, I think the voice cast is excellent, but that doesn't necessarily mean the movie will be good. I hope that Captain Underpants turns out to be really fun and entertaining, but there's certainly a chance it will just fall flat.
The Mummy- June 9th
The Mummy is the beginning of Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe, and I do hope this movie is good. I haven't been able to get a read on the film from the trailers yet, though. For what was supposed to be a horror movie, bringing in Tom Cruise to play the lead didn't make a whole lot of sense. And the trailers have made this look to be more like a Mission: Impossible movie rather than The Mummy. I'm just afraid that it's going to try to go for a more summer blockbuster, wide-appeal movie rather than simply being the horror film that it is supposed to be. The cast is great, however, and I do think a Monster Cinematic Universe could work, if it is done right. I'm just not sure if Universal is, in fact, doing it right. Look, I do hope that The Mummy is really good, and that is succeeds. Whether I think it actually will, I'm not so certain on that front.
It Comes at Night- June 9th
It Comes at Night is a film that was barely on my radar. I knew about it from the first trailer, but it was really the second trailer (which you can see here) that got me excited for it. Joel Edgerton is a great actor, and I'm always interested in what he does. Plus, this looks to be more like a psychological thriller rather than a straight horror movie, and that intrigues me all the more. Like I said, the second trailer was really what captured my interest. The first teaser made me aware of the film, but nothing really stuck with me afterwards. But that second trailer, however, really caught my eye, and now I'm not going to forget about this movie! Now the question is whether I'll see The Mummy or It Comes at Night first. If The Mummy gets sh*tty reviews, then I might skip The Mummy altogether and just see It Comes at Night. But if The Mummy gets really good reviews, then I might have to see it first, simply because it's the blockbuster of the weekend. But don't worry, I will definitely be seeing It Comes at Night.
Here we go. Time to unload on this piece of f*cking sh*t. I've been waiting all day to talk about Transformers: The Last Knight; it's never a good idea to hold a sh*t in for too long. Michael Bay, at this point, is only looking at the millions of dollars being transferred to his bank account. He does not give a sh*t about fans. He does not give a sh*t about artistic integrity. He knows that he could put out a movie of Optimus Prime f*cking Bumblebee for two hours and forty five minutes, and it will make over a billion dollars at the box office. I don't know why these movies keep on making money. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me five f*cking times, and I don't know what to say anymore! I hope this movie bombs, so that Bay can have his ego checked, and we don't have to see any more of these sh*tty movies. But it won't. This one is going to make a billion dollars, and Bay is going to make fifteen f*cking more of these goddamn things, because he knows he can just sleep in his trailer and let his daughter direct the f*cking thing for him. He'll make asstons of money, the movie will be so successful that the studio will want him back again, and we'll go through this cycle over and over again. Please, please don't go see Transformers: The Last Knight. Let it bomb so we can be done with this f*cking franchise. I'm begging you!
I really liked the first Despicable Me film. Steve Carell is a comedic genius, and I thought he brought a lot to that first movie. I never ended up seeing the second one, however, but from what I heard it was step down from the first, but still a good film. For Despicable Me 3, the trailers have made me laugh. It looks good. However, I probably won't see it unless it ends up on Netflix or something. That's just the unfortunate reality. Believe it or not, I am not made of money. And with so many fantastic films coming out this summer that I really want to see (especially with a lot of them being in the extra pricey IMAX 3D), I can't afford to see every single film. And a movie like Despicable 3 is usually the loser in that kind of situation. Now, my tune could completely change if the reviews come out and they say it's the next Godfather. But the reviews aren't going to say that. So I'm going to keep my money, and save it for movies down the line like Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes.
**You can read Part Two of our Summer Blockbuster Preview here**
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Written by: Nate
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