It's that time of year again.
That time of year when the movies get big and dumb. Things blow up rather instead of emote. Character trumps characterization.
It's summer movie time.
Every year I like to take a quick look at the summer flicks I'm most excited about. This year I'm going to include some I'm cautious about and some that look like outright disasters waiting to happen.
Let's get to the good stuff first.
Sure, the summer movie season "officially" started with Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which, by the way was a helluva video game for a movie), but this is the one I've had a big green circle around on my calendar.
I'm still trying to live down my pre-release fanboydom surrounding the 1998 US Godzilla fiasco. This pretty well sums up that experience.
This time out Bryan Cranston will try to take down the big green lizard. Here's hoping he can do for kaiju what he did for drug dealers.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Based on one of, if not the, most iconic X-Men storylines of all time, this one seeks to join the two X-Men film franchises into one cohesive canon. X-Men First Class surprised. If this one is closer to that than X3, then we'll be seeing a lot more of these uncanny mutants.
Also, Peter Dinklage and his army of killer robots. Suck on that Danerys.
Disney jumps into the live action arena with this reimagination of the Sleeping Beauty mythos. Featuring Angelina Jolie as a fallen fairy who may just turn into a giant horking dragon, this one could sneak up on folks.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
I thoroughly enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon when it came out a few years ago. It was a really fun movie to see with my kids. I'm expecting more of the same from this one. Inspired voice casting and quality animation makes for a fun day at the movies.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Hail Caesar. Hail Andy Serkis.
Another franchise rescued from a botched reboot thanks to a return to its roots, Planet of the Apes is an all-time favorite of mine. Now that the monkeys are taking over, its time to see if Sirius Gordon can rally mankind to fight back.
Is it wrong that I'm hoping to see Taylor appear at the end?
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
This movie represents Marvel's biggest Cinematic Universe gamble so far. Taking a group of B level (at best) characters and making them your summer entry is bold. I've enjoyed the tone of the trailers. I'm looking forward to seeing if they pull it off.
Also, "Hooked on a Feeling" is this summer's "Bohemian Rhapsody." You heard it here first.
22 JUMP STREET
The first one was lightning in a bottle. It was also very funny. I'm just not sure the joke is two movies long. Plus, they killed Hansen and Penhall. Will Booker show up for revenge?
Yes, I'm a Jump Street geek too.
Can you smell what the Herc is cooking? Duane Johnson continues to try to find an action franchise he can call his own. Maybe playing a Greek god will work, but how will he explain the Samoan tattoos. Maybe a long vacation after his 12 labors?
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
The window for this one may have already closed, but what the hell? Let's see how it goes.
NO THANKS...I THINK I'LL PASS
BLENDED - Adam Sandler teams up with Drew Barrymore...AGAIN...in an updated Brady Bunch farce that will end us as his kids' "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" paper
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST - Seth McFarlane stops ripping off the Simpsons long enough to rip off Blazing Saddles. Asshole.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - Can Marky Mark save the robots in disguise? Don't know. Don't care. Feel it. Feel it.
EDGE OF TOMORROW - Tom Cruise kills aliens over and over. Make your own Xemu joke.
PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE - We get a third semi-sequel to Cars before we get a second Incredibles? Pixar, you have failed this city.