Wow! Is it that time of year again? Already?
Yes, the summer movie season is back! 2015 has been a decent year for film so far. Even though I haven’t seen a lot because of school getting in the way of my movie watching. But as my first year of college is about to come to a close, there are a lot of highly anticipated blockbusters, as well as some independent films, that have yet to come out that I am looking forward to this summer. Not to mention one coming out this month that is my most anticipated film of the entire year (can you guess which one?). I enjoyed doing this segment last year, and I’m glad to be doing it again this year. Keep in mind that I’ll review the movies that are being discussed a lot or just sound interesting to me. Let’s get started talking about the movies that are coming out in the month of May.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron – This comes as no surprise to many people that this is what everyone is looking forward to. For someone who loved The Avengers, I have been waiting patiently to see these superheroes spring back into action with new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon knows how to bring the fun to the superhero genre. Even though sequel don’t quite surpass the original, I’m definitely expecting a great time at the theater. I don’t know if Quicksilver would be more awesome here than Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Far from the Madding Crowd – Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel, this film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) as a woman who is attracted to three different men in Victorian London. Due to the success of Downton Abbey, costume dramas have become very popular in the media. Last year’s Belle was a great look in racial equality in England during the 1700s. From the previews, I have never seen anything that looked more beautiful than Far from the Madding Crowd!
Hot Pursuit – There aren’t a lot of great comedies coming out nowadays. Hot Pursuit is no exception. Even though I like Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara to death, this movie is using the “buddy cop” sub-genre but with jokes that sound stale. It might be alright for a few laughs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this flops.
Maggie – Arnold Schwarzenegger in a serious movie? How rare is that? Fans have been used to him as the ultimate action hero turned California governor turned back to actor. Starring alongside Abigail Breslin, this has my attention as being a tense zombie apocalypse story.
5 Flights Up – You can’t go wrong with Morgan Freeman. He’s one of the best actors with one of the best voices on Earth. Everyone wishes that he should narrate their lives. This movie, co-starring Diane Keaton, follows a Brooklyn couple trying to sell their apartment due to financial issues. Even though it doesn’t look phenomenal, it looks sweet at best.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (I know, quite a mouthful) – Based on Jonas Jonasson’s novel, this popular Scandinavian picture is like a new version of Forrest Gump. It follows Allan Karlsson, who was an explosives expert becoming a part of the most important historical events of the 20th century and meeting countless historical figures. At 100 years old and in good health, he escapes his nursing home to embark on another (possibly his last) adventure. After seeing the trailer today, not only am I intrigued but I’m laughing from thinking about it. For someone interested in Scandinavian cinema, I would be a fool for missing out on this.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Oh my goodness! Talk about being on the edge of your seat from watching the previews! I have yet to see the original films starring Mel Gibson, but this reboot looks insane in every sense of the word. With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult leading the cast, I have a feeling this would surpass Furious 7 as the year’s best action film.
Pitch Perfect 2 – The sequel to the 2012 cult classic Pitch Perfect looks as aca-fun. After seeing the first film, I could see why the movie inspired many acapella musicians worldwide (especially Pentatonix, who are going to appear in the sequel). I don’t care if the story is predictable as hell, what matters is the laughs and the good time. I can’t think of a better actress who can sing more beautifully than Anna Kendrick. It’s like she is about to hit Broadway, she’s that good!
Slow West – This Western became a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Jury Prize for Best International Drama. From the looks of the preview, the movie looks like a beautiful and traditional Western. What more do you need with a cast featuring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee?
Good Kill – This is the third collaboration of Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol; the first two being Gattaca and Lord of War. After getting mixed reviews coming from the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, it’s about time for this to get an initial limited release. I think this looks like a fascinating character study on how one man begins to question about his life and missions as a drone pilot. I like Ethan Hawke and Andrew Niccol. Gattaca is one of my all-time favorite films. Let’s hope Niccol will return to form after The Host, a disaster that I’m glad I avoided.
Tomorrowland – The previews for Disney’s Tomorrowland show very little detail. That’s a good thing. Nowadays, a lot of movie trailers give too much away (*ahem* Neighbors). The look of movie makes me feel like a kid experiencing something unlike anything I’ve seen before. Brad Bird is an ingenious filmmaker who directed the best Mission: Impossible film to date (Ghost Protocol). I love the imagination he puts into this picture. Cannot wait for this!!
Poltergeist – Ah, the summer movie season couldn’t be complete without a remake or two. A remake of the 1982 film that contributed to the creation of the PG-13 rating (along with countless other violent PG-rated films of the 1980s), Poltergeist looks like any generic modern-day horror flick. Focusing more on the jump scares than on the atmosphere. Who knows? it might be one of those rare occasions that it’s faithful to the original.
Aloha – It’s refreshing to see a mainstream film absent from loud explosions and overblown effects. Only nothing but human drama. With an ensemble cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams, and John Krasinski and talented director (Cameron Crowe, Jerry Maguire and We Bought a Zoo), Aloha might be good, or it might be bad.
Most Anticipated: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Far from the Madding Crowd, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland
Least Anticipated: Hot Pursuit, Poltergeist, San Andreas
I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of May. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are for the month of May. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of June on Memorial Day. Take care.