If you thought spring was packed with movies, just wait ‘til you get a load of July! There is something for everyone this month and hype moves fast, so let’s get right in to it:
Sure, it makes no sense how an android sent from the future can get destroyed in almost every movie and still be around long enough to age 30 years on-screen, but who cares? If you wanted logic, you wouldn’t be at a Terminator movie!
Starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke in her first major role this side of Westeros, Terminator Genisys looks to give fans of the series exactly what they want and bring Arnie back into the mix. With some huge action including an amazing Golden Gate Bridge sequence, and a bunch of tributes to the series’ past instalments make this a great time for any Terminator fan. After seeing the movie on Canada Day, the only real criticism I have is that the trailer was the most spoiler-filled, surprise-ruining thing I have ever seen!
You have to laugh at how the minor secondary characters of Despicable Me somehow became a pop-cultural force with way more impact than the original movie, and my guess is that after this origins tale gets released, kids everywhere are going to be saying “Gru who?”
With a fantastic combination of cuteness and slapstick, Minions is definitely going to be a crowd-pleaser for the whole family and I’m sure the voice talent of Sandra Bullock, John Hamm, and Michael Keaton will go a long way to keeping the older crowd happy.
Centering on a wealthy terminal man who transfers his mind into the body of Ryan Reynolds, Self/Less takes us down the thrilling wormhole of immortality and asks if you really would like to live forever.
So far, sci-fi in 2015 has been all about the rise of artificial intelligence (Chappie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina, and now Terminator Genisys), so it’s great to see a different type of high-concept thriller get a shot. I’m not sure how Self/Less is going to play out as far as being a hit, but if it’s as good as I hope, then it’ll be sure to get people talking. In any case, good on Ryan Reynolds for trying something different.
Based on one of Marvel’s less popular heroes, Ant-Man is a bit of a chance for a studio riding high on an incredible string of hits. While he was one of the original Avengers, and has been in the comics for over 50 years, Ant-Man has nowhere near the same name recognition as major players like Iron-Man, Captain America, or Thor, and there are a lot of people thinking it will be tough to make a huge movie out of a tiny hero.
My feeling is that Ant-Man will deliver for the fanboys but might not connect with the masses. Marvel already got lucky with the incredible success of last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I think it will be hard to pull it off two summers in a row. While it will definitely win its weekend, Ant-Man is unlikely to be a major game-changer.
Directed by Judd Apatow and starring filthy-mouthed comedian, Amy Schumer, Trainwreck follows a late 20s-something on an endless string of one night stands. Given the success of her Comedy Central Roast appearances and her hilariously inappropriate series Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck is guaranteed to deliver the dirty laughs and should play very well with couples looking for something different in the explosion–heavy summer movie landscape. The always funny Bill Hader is there playing her straight-edged love interest, and Judd Apatow knows how to bring the raunchy fun, so I think that Trainwreck is a definite must-see.
Last but not least, we have Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Earth has been invaded by aliens whose only knowledge of us comes from classic arcade machines, and Sandler & Co. are brought in to bring them down by playing some real-world Donkey Kong. There have been some accusations of plagiarism from Futurama fans, but overall, I think this one will be some good clean fun for the same people that liked the Grown-Ups movies.
(BONUS: much of Pixels was in Toronto, so it’ll be cool to see how they dressed it up as NYC!)
THE FINAL SAY
July is packed with potential hits, so it’s really anyone’s game at this point. For me, I think the best pick is going to be Trainwreck; R-rated comedies are having a bit of a renaissance in recent years and I think we’re coming into a period of superhero fatigue. Let’s check back in August and see how things played out.