Finally! The summer period of Hollywood has arrived. Some of the biggest blockbusters, and some of the best surprises, are likely to be found in the next four month period. Oh, you will also get some of the lousiest movies, and some of the biggest flops too, but that is how it goes. You win some, you lose some. So what does the first month of the summer of 2015 have in store for us? Eight wide releases over five weekends, which means that the theatres aren’t going to be that crowded with films, but should still be well packed with the audience. These five films definitely deserve your attention.
5) Poltergeist: Eh yes, this one is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name which wasn’t only a big financial success, but has a cult following. The horror genre has been a bit lackluster lately, and so Poltergeist could very well bring back the spookiness which the audience is missing. It also has a good acting cast with Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, and Rosemarie DeWitt.
4) Aloha: Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper. Some movies, you go just for the cast. Aloha could easily be such a movie. This romantic movie is directed by Cameron Crowe, of Jerry Maguire fame, and is the story of a celebrated military contractor who reconnects with an old love while unexpectedly falling for someone else at his workplace. Told you, some movies you just go to watch a great cast. Aloha could surprise us though, and be a pleasant and sensitive movie with a delightful ending. At least one can hope!
3) Mad Max – Fury Road: In 1979, a lesser known actor called Mel Gibson was cast in a low-budget apocalyptic movie called Mad Max directed by George Miller. You know how the rest of the story unfurls. Mad Max was a huge box-office success, and spurned a few sequels. It set the stage for Mel Gibson to take on bigger projects in Hollywood. So many years later, Mad Max is getting its reboot with George Miller helming it again. No unknown lead this time as the talented Tom Hardy steps into the boots of Mel Gibson, and accompanying him is Charlize Theron. No dearth of talent here! This one looks like a high-intensity action-packed movie, which could re-launch the series again. Fingers crossed!
2) Tomorrowland: This one has all the ingredients to be a brilliant fantasy-filled adventurous movie. To begin with, the story sounds interesting, about a journey taken by a teen with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor who want to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their memory. The movie has been directed by Brad Bird who rose to prominence at Pixar Studio (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) before he directed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. It also stars the one and only George Clooney along with Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson. Ahh, sounds mouth-watering, doesn’t it?!
1) Avengers – Age of Ultron: Some movies stand in a league of their own. Here is one. 2012’s The Avengers was a phenomenon which hit the theatres and elevated Marvel’s cinematic universe to another level altogether. Three years later, Joss Whedon returns with his group of superheroes to ruffle things again. It is a highly anticipated film, which has already released in many foreign territories. But the US release is slated for first week of May, a week that could see records tumble. Already the overseas earnings have been staggering, and the feedback has been largely positive. Now it is time for the North American market to decide. So Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, assemble! Time for Marvel’s Phase-II to come to a close, and lay the groundwork for Phase-III to commence. Marvel’s universe is only going to get bigger.