I’m surprised to see that very little is being released in July, which isn’t exactly known as a beach month persay. But it could also be that most families are going on vacation so I guess that adds to it as well. Either way, here are the four biggest releases that have been heavily advertised and are the big name releases. And don’t worry, August will have plenty more in store for you!
The Amazing Spiderman
Pros: ITS FREAKING SPIDERMAN! More accurate to the comic Spiderman.
Cons: ….didn’t we have a Spiderman movie about a decade ago? You know, with Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst? I didn’t hallucinate that right? It was a real movie and all?
Verdict: Oooh, shiny! Honestly, this film looks great, and the new actors look pretty invested. I know I want to go to the movies and see it! And if its even half as good as it looks, this could be the summer where all the superhero movies are actually good!
Plot: Two marijuana drug-dealers who share a girlfriend who go up against a Mexican drug cartel and their tough-as-nails female boss willing to stop at nothing to rule the market.
Pros: Oliver Stone does produce good works, and the visual aesthetic is superb to say the least
Cons: It sounds like a carbon copy of every guy’s fantasy – one hot blonde who is all yours and your best friend’s, selling and smoking weed, taking down the baddest of the bad with sheer brute force. If that’s for you, that’s great, but to me, it just sounds mindless and dull.
Verdict: Gonna pass. Like I said, this really isn’t my thing, but that doesn’t mean I can label it a bad movie. Yes, the trailers don’t make it look that great but I feel like this is going to be a work of art film and less plot-based so if you’ve got a love of Stone’s films and modern days, it could be for you.
The Dark Knight Rises
Plot: Batman returns to Gotham once more since his disappearance in order to keep hope alive. But when Bane and Catwoman hit the scene and Gotham needs its Dark Knight once more.
Pros: It’s Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN! I mean, these two movies have been phenomenal, each more amazing than the last. The only question is has Nolan hit his peak or will this movie be proof he deserves all the acclaim. He’s made some unique, perhaps even risky, casting choices but I feel like they’ll work.
Cons: But those casting choices could be his undoing, and after Dark Knight, he’s got a steep reputation to keep up. Also…serious Batman is always a little distracting.
Verdict: Midnight Premiere, please and thank you. Is there any good reason not to go see this? Not that I can see. And if I were you I’d see it in the first weekend to avoid having it spoiled for you. I assure you, even if its a soaring success, or a dire disaster, it’ll be worth the watch.
Plot: When aliens attack a suburban American neighborhood, the UFO-obsessed neighborhood watch takes action against the invasion to earn fame, glory, and a great story to tell.
Pros: This sounds incredibly similar to a British comedy that came out a little while ago but if it’s half as good, then it’ll be worth the watch. It’s got some funny people involved, it’s a relatively unique concept for the time and it seems to mix in good special effects with action.
Cons: …all that being said, it does look a little silly, and way over the top. Especially considering that Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill aren’t the most subtle, it could be tough to pull off without feeling juvenile.
Verdict: Wait for the reviews. Honestly, I can’t tell for sure whether or not this is going to be crap or hilarious – comedy can go either way on the head of a dime. So wait and see what others say about it and see from there unless you’re dying to see it.