Summer means summer movies. Summer movies implies big budget & big stars on movies, who with great concern for your wellbeing, implore you to kindly deposit your brain in a fridge nearby to cool off & come to watch their movies & needless to say, it is the most enjoyable time of the year. Sequels, prequels, reboots, (bloody) 3D (..|..) movies dominate the landscape of summer movies & below are the ten that matter
1. Thor: The biggest gamble, movie wise for Marvel Studios as Thor is not quite an established name (or hero) as other Marvel characters. Casting a relatively unknown Chris Hemsworth & bringing in a man more at home directing Shakespeare plays, in Kenneth Branagh, seemed to be left field choices. However, considering that Thor is a god & at the end of the day, this Marvel property is all about gods & humans & their drama, Branagh is a wonderful option to lend gravitas. Thor would be a hard sell & the Avenger movie’s fate does depend a lot of Thor
2. Green Lantern: In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night, WB finally gets something right, in showcasing Green Lantern’s might. WB (parent company of DC comics) is keen to now develop & bring its other characters onto the big screen & Green Lantern is a step in that direction. Currently, Green Lantern is the hottest property for DC comics through the stellar efforts of Geoff Johns & reportedly, Geoff Johns was impressed by the movie saying it captures the key elements. Ryan Reynolds plays the titular character. I had huge concerns when this casting was announced as I did not think that Ryan Reynolds could carry out a non-flippant & a (relatively) serious character. But after his work in Buried, there is a lot more confidence in Reynolds. Green Lantern promises to be a space adventure of the most awesome kind
3. Captain America: Another Marvel movie with lots riding on it. This time, though, its for a different reason. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers who becomes Captain America through the super soldier program during World War II. Now, Captain America is a bit like Superman. Morally strong but boring character. It remains to be seen how Captain America would connect with the audience. Biggest concern is though with Chris Evans. Chris Evans has excelled in playing snarky flippant characters & Captain America is quite a serious character. However, the presence of Hugo Weaving (as Red Skull) should lend some color to the performance. Hayley Atwell finally gets a movie after her excellent performance as Aliena in the tv adaptation of the Pillars of the Earth.
4. X-Men: First Class: Did we really need this movie? Especially after the #FacePalm movie that was X3. May be not but the real reason to get excited about the movie is Matthew Vaughn. The same guy who directed Kick-Ass & Stardust (2 awesome awesome movies). & story by Bryan Singer. We may pan Bryan Singer for Superman Returns (though I admit that movie has now grown on me) but one cannot deny that he made the best X-men movie when he directed X2. So expectations can be built up for the movie. Also, lets face it while the previous movies were X-Men in name, it was more about Wolverine. First Class is going to explore an earlier timeline where Charles Xavier & Magneto are still friends & trying to start a school during the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis
5. Fast Five: The Fast & Furious franchise continues to rumble on. This time, they are getting all the cast together (most of the drivers from all the previous 4 movies). Vin Diesel is back as is Paul Walker. The addition of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (thankfully, back to the action genre after Disney movies) as a cop hunting the gang promises to add more powder to the keg & one just cant wait for the 2 big men to have a go at one another. Bring it on
6. Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides: Captain Jack Sparrow is back & this time, he is accompanied by the awesomely hot Spaniard, Penelope Cruz (sigh). Another franchise that is back, from the grave seemingly, features Jack & Barbossa (the delightful Geoffrey Rush) in a race for the elusive fountain of youth & discovering that the notorious pirate Blackbeard (the wickedly evil Ian McShane) also after it. What kind of works for this movie is the absence of Orlando Bloom (yaay) & one way that the producers can go laughing all the way to the bank is giving Jack enough screen time (unlike POTC3)
7. Hangover Part II: The Wolfpack is back. This time in Bangkok. & if the trailers are anything to go by, gear up for more of the insane fun as the sleeper R-rated hit that was Hangover I. The same cast repeats itselves as does Todd Philips as the director. Slisha in the news as Mel Gibson was supposed to be playing a cameo & was shunted out after a protest by the cast.
8. Super 8: Nothing much is known about the movie & despite that, it still finds a place in the top movies for summer. Why? For one reason alone. JJ Abrams. He is the man behind Lost, Fringe, Alias, & Star Trek Reboot among others. He could sell me to watch a movie even if it features Shia LeBeouf, Sam Worthington & Keanu Reeves. Oh & for the record, its a conspiracy story featuring cover ups on a catastrophic accident
9. Kung Fu Panda 2: Prepare for the return of the awesomeness. We will Wok you. Ska2oosh. Yes, Po is back this time. The same voice cast as last time returns with Jake Black essaying Po. However, the new additions to the voice cast make it even more awesomer. Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer of 24 fame) & JCVD himself lend their voices to this part
10. Cowboys & Aliens: Indiana Jones meets James Bond in this movie. The very title is intriguing as Cowboys & Aliens quite do not mix. Starring Harrison Ford & Daniel Craig & directed by Jon Favreau, this promises to be sh*tloads of fun & it also has Olivia Wilde in it (woohooo!!!!) as a spaceship lands in the Wild Wild West in the 19th century & all that is stopping the alients are cowboys & a man with no name with a super weapon