It’s that time of year again … here are five movies I can’t wait to see this summer!
Avengers: Age of Ultron | May 1
Given how 2012’s The Avengers finally sucked me into the Marvel frenzy, I’m quite excited for the long-awaited sequel hitting theaters next week. I know nothing of their basis in comics, only that the juggernaut featuring a band of superheroes looks to save the world—again. An artificial intelligence program designed by Tony Stark/Iron Man goes awry and it’s up to the rest of the gang (Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawkeye) to protect the planet from his wrath. Looks pretty awesome and will probably end up being the quintessential blockbuster of the season.
Pitch Perfect 2 | May 15
I saw Pitch Perfect with three of my girlfriends back in 2012 when I was living in NJ at the time. We went into it with low expectations. Two of us were fans of Glee and basically just in it for the musical aspect. I wasn’t exactly a full-fledged Anna Kendrick fan yet and Rebel Wilson kind of annoyed me. But we laughed until we cried and joined the masses that made this sleeper hit about college a cappella with a kickass soundtrack an overnight phenomenon. The sequel takes place three years later where the majority of the girls we met in the first one are now college seniors and about to take a shot at world domination. Directed by Elizabeth Banks who also plays the sassy judge, Gail, in her feature film directorial debut, it looks to be on par with the first, if not better.
Jurassic World | June 12
Being such a huge fan of the 1993 original, I had my doubts when a third sequel was finally announced (and I do mean finally—this thing has been 14 years in the making). When I heard the cast had finally been chosen, I had even more doubts (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard aren’t really high on my list of blockbuster leads). But never fear when Steven Spielberg is near, because this. looks. insane. It looks to pay true homage to the film that started it all: “Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After ten years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ interest, which backfires horribly.” (IMDb) PASS THE POPCORN.
Ted 2 | June 26
While I wasn’t a huge fan of the first MacFarlane farce about a crude teddy bear who gets animated like Pinocchio, it had its funny moments. I don’t enjoy overly-stupid humor, but I have a soft spot for Seth and his talents. This time around, Allentown’s own Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman join Marky Mark in Ted’s quest to be validated as a human being so that he can have a child. (See? Overly-stupid.) Eh, it might not be so bad and I don’t mind an hour or so of listening to Wahlberg’s BAWHston accent.
Magic Mike XXL | July 1
I wanna see this because I’m female, so sue me.