Summer Blockbuster season is officially here!
Yes, yes, there have been some big movies already released this year and with Beauty and the Beast and Fate of the Furious each over a billion dollars, but the REAL blockbuster season is just beginning.
And so here’s your look at a bunch of the movies coming out in May.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the sequel to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is here. This is set in the same universe as The Avengers, and eventually those two groups are going to meet. I saw it last week and it’s a lot of what made the first movie so delightful. It’s funny and action-packed and Chris Pratt’s abs, and…Oh, sorry. Anyway, it’s fun. I didn’t think it was quite as good as the first. It’s a little too…much. Too busy. Too much story even though not much happens. And yes, even too much action. Although some REALLY cool sequences. I saw it in 3D and it was a little overwhelming.
Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, and Elle Fanning are the three generations of the title. Elle plays Ray, a girl who decides to transition to a boy. Naomi Watts plays her single mother. Susan Sarandon plays her lesbian grandmother who doesn’t understand the need for a transition. Things are going okay until Ray’s absentee dad has to give parental consent and refuses. I haven’t seen it, the early reviews are terrible, but here’s the trailer:
Richard Gere and Rebecca Hall play one married couple. He’s a Congressman running for Governor. His brother is Steve Coogan, who is married to Laura Linney. The brothers are estranged and haven’t spoken for years, but they arrange this dinner to talk about their two sons. The sons, who are cousins, are friends in spite of their parents’ problems. And they committed some sort of terrible crime. Now the parents have to decide what to do about it. This is based on a book that is supposed to be really good. The critical consensus is that this movie is not. I’ll probably just read the book. Or listen to the audiobook.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie takes on the Arthurian legend. I’ve sometimes been surprised by him, so maybe this will turn out to be a good one. Or…maybe not. And yes, I’m aware that I’m basically the only woman in America who doesn’t care about Charlie Hunnam.
I know people have very mixed opinions about Amy Schumer, but I happy to find her funny. And I’m super excited to see Goldie Hawn back on the big screen. This movie might be terrible, I don’t know. But I’m planning to see it. There are no reviews yet, which means they’re keeping it from critics, which is usually not a great sign. I’m including the Red Band Trailer because this is a raunchy comedy and I think you should know what you’re really in for if you decide to see it.
Paris Can Wait
I’m on the fence with what to do with this movie. I like Diane Lane. But I’m hearing this has a very Under the Tuscan Sun vibe and I don’t like when movies try too hard to be other movies. But there’s also the fact that it was directed by Eleanor Coppola. The wife of Francis Ford Coppola. Mother of Sofia Coppola. And as much as I’m always complaining that there aren’t enough movies directed by women, I also realize I’m not doing enough to seek out and watch the ones that are.
The Wedding Plan
I keep missing opportunities to see this one. The entire movie is in Hebrew and is about a Jewish girl who is supposed to be getting married in a month. Except her groom doesn’t love her and the wedding gets called off. Except that it doesn’t. She decides she’s still getting married, she just has to find a new groom. In thirty days. It looks cute.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
I don’t really know anything about these and I’m not all that interested. But if you and/or your kids are into them, the new one’s coming out soon.
This is the latest in the line of depressing YA books to get adapted into movies. I think. I don’t know if it’s depressing. I’m just assuming it is because it’s about a girl with a disease that keeps her body unable to fight bacteria so she can’t ever go outside. But then she meets a cute boy and I can’t imagine it ends well.
I *think* this may be on par with 21 Jump Street. It might be wishful thinking, but the really crazy trailers do keep cracking me up, so…I mean, if there was ever a TV series that was begging for a spoofy movie, it’s Baywatch. Plus Zac Efron. And honestly, I can’t wait for the inevitable Hasselhoff cameo.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
I gotta be honest. I’ll keep seeing them as long as they keep making them.