Three ‘billion-dollar’ films already, and this is turning out to be some year for Hollywood. August may not see something in that kind of league, but there are a lot of contenders who could make big bucks for the studios. The month is going to be an interesting one, since despite being in the middle of the summer period, it carries very limited franchise flicks. Of the twelve wide releases planned across its four weekends, only three are part of a movie franchise. That makes for a pretty high number of original films or those which are based on other sources beside movies (like adapting a television series). Well, I got all the franchise ones in the list of the five films that need to be given a view in August, but you got plenty of options this month to try out new stuff. Give it a try!
5) Ricki and the Flash: There is probably nothing that Meryl Streep cannot do with aplomb on the big screen. So when she was cast as a rock-and-roll musician for her latest movie, we knew she would make it work. A look at the early promos for the movie confirmed our initial assessment; Meryl Streep can play any role on the big screen! This comedy film with a tinge of drama, and some music, looks to be a fun-filled family movie, and even if nothing seems right, there is always Meryl Streep.
4) Sinister 2: Back in 2012, Scott Derrickson’s Sinister was a big success, which has led to this sequel that has been directed by Ciarán Foy, as Derrickson would be busy with Marvel’s Dr. Strange. The horror flick, Sinister 2 will bring back the demonic entity of the original movie as a new family has now moved into the haunted home. It’s a typical sequel story of a horror movie, but audience do not mind that as long as the promised chills and thrills are delivered. Sinister 2 looks ready to do that.
3) Hitman: Agent 47: The famous video game Hitman had had its movie adaptation in 2007, and now gets another shot at it with Hitman: Agent 47. I had enjoyed the previous movie, and that gets my hopes high with the latest reboot. This film promises a lot of action and thrill, a bit of sleuthing, some drama, and hopefully, the kind of style which the game carries. The protagonist would be played by Rupert Friend, while the main attraction for many Star Trek fans would be to see Zachary Quinto in a non-Spock role. This is the directorial debut for Aleksander Bach, so keep your fingers crossed.
2) Fantastic Four: It’s a reboot that had to happen, if someone truly believed in the franchise potential of these Marvel superheroes. So 20th Century Fox, who holds the movie rights for the characters, has decided to take the plunge again, with a younger group of actors in the central roles now, and a promising young director in the form of Josh Trank to oversee the development. Going by the initial promos, this reboot is looking fantastic. The latest Fantastic Four seems to have more grit about it, and is taking itself with more seriousness than the previous bunch did. It seems this film is ready to go dark and intense, though that could upset some comic book fans. Nonetheless, with an extremely talented bunch of actors – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell – spearheading the film, expectations are set for the reboot to turn into a film that the Fantastic Four deserve. Hopefully this will work, and then we could start talking about a X-Men – Fantastic Four crossover, eh!?
1) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: In my book, it is a cardinal sin to skip a Guy Ritchie film. Hopefully, with that line I have sold The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to you. Yep, it is a Guy Ritchie film based on the 1960s TV series of the same name. The movie stars Henry Cavill along with Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander, each one of them a talented and budding actor. Oohh, and there is Hugh Grant too. It’s a spy movie with a large-scale adventure, full of thrills and excitement, as a CIA operative and a KGB agent come together in order to stop a mysterious criminal organisation. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. holds immense promise, and there is little reason to skip it. It is a Guy Ritchie film, for Pete’s sake, and that too after four years since we saw Sherlock Holmes: The Game of Shadows. Thankfully, Richtie’s next movie based on King Arthur will be released in 2016, but that is a story for another day. This month it is all about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Just a couple of weeks to go! If you want to know a bit more about the movie or view its trailer, just click here.