Monday’s Movie Musings: Summer 2015 Preview

Award season is over and summer, with all of its blockbusting, popcorn movies, is fastly approaching. Here’s a look ahead at some of the big-screen offerings we can look forward to in the coming months.

Avengers: Age of Ultron-23rd April


The summer movie season really kicks off with the release of the sequel to the biggest superhero film of all time. Out on 23rd April for the UK (with obligatory midnight showings); Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and more, team up once more to face a new threat, this time in the form of the robotic Ultron (played by James Spader) and his villainous army. Judging from the trailers, as well as early word of mouth, a darker tone can be expected for this sequel. With gargantuan set pieces and the very best special effects, Age Of Ultron should be a fine start to the season. What I’m looking forward to most though, is seeing Hulk once again shine, following the best on-screen iteration of the character since the late 70’s/early 80’s television series. 

Mad Max: Fury Road-15th May


It’s been thirty years since a Mad Max film was released, but this May sees the character return (now played by the excellent Tom Hardy)  for another post-apocalyptic adventure. Details are sparse in terms of plot, but judging from the footage that has been released so far, George Miller has made a visually spectacular return to live action; utilising a combination of practical stunts and CGI, to create something truly awe-inspiring. 

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond-22nd May



Again, little is known about Tomorrowland’s plot, which is hardly surprising with Lost and Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof, attached as one of the writers. Co-written and directed by the incredible (boom tish) Brad Bird; all we really know is that the story is inspired by a dusty old box filled with Space memrobillia, that was supposedly found in Disney’s archives. The trailers for the film have promised a lot of fun though, and with the film recently gaining the subtitle, A World Beyond, you can bet that Disney are planning a franchise with this one.

Jurassic World-12th June


June 12th sees the return of the Jurassic Park franchise, with Jurassic World hitting theatres. This time, the park is open, welcoming visitors to experience all manner of Dinosaur shows and rides. As has been proven in the past, it isn’t long before things take a turn for the worse, when a new, genetically engineered creation escapes, and begins to wreak havoc. The footage from the film so far, hasn’t made me excited as I would have liked, with a suggested leaning toward the silly. The success of the film mainly hinders on the ‘trained raptor’ storyline, that has Chris Pratt driving around the jungle, with his raptor mates. Could there be more than meets the eye? Could the raptors simply by using their intelligence to escape? Or, will there indeed be a dino-battle between them, and the new big-baddie? I have a feeling that the answer to that will heavily influence my thoughts on the film, but regardless of the case, it’ll be nice to see the monsters back on the big-screen. 

Terminator Genisys-3rd July


Yet another sequel/re-boot to add to the roster, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his most famous role, the Terminator. After the poor reception to Terminator Salvation, Genisys takes the same route as the recent Star Trek films, with a story that sees the original Terminator timeline changed. In this alternate reality, Sarah Conner has been raised by the cyborg, in an attempt to explain Arnie’s age. It sounds a bit ridiculous on paper, but the recent footage that has been released suggests that it could be a lot better than it has any right to be. It could very well be the dark horse of the summer.

Inside Out-24th July



Summer 2015 also sees the long awaited return of Pixar, with Inside Out. Pete Doctor, the director of Up and Monsters Inc. (arguably two of Pixar’s very best) helms this story of a young girl who struggles with her emotions when she is forced to move home. Told from the point of view of her various emotions, Anger, Disgust, Fear, Sadness, and Joy; this ingenious concept sounds like it could very well be Pixar at their most personal and original, which makes it one not to be missed by adults and children alike.

Fantastic Four-6th August



Closing out the summer season of blockbusters is the re-boot of Fantastic Four. Seeing as the original films were, let’s face it, dreadful, I wouldn’t usually be looking forward to a re-boot. However, with a strong cast at the centre of it, which includes Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, and Toby Kebbell, there may be some hope for the film yet. Chronicle director, Josh Trank, helms the picture, and footage so far suggests a much darker tone than the original films, which can only be a good thing. Fingers Crossed.

Other films that aren’t to be missed are:

Mr Holmes-19th June

Minions-26th June

Pan-17th July

Mission: Impossible 5-31st July

So that’s just a couple of examples of what this summer’s blockbuster season has to offer us. But what are you looking forward to most? Leave your comments below!

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