Now that spring is in full bloom and summer is right around the corner, it’s time to get amped up for the big summer blockbuster season. This is traditionally when Hollywood releases its biggest movies of the year that bring in big bucks at the box office and entertain movie lovers for over 3 solid months. Summer 2009 is STACKED. Big budget action flicks, crazy comedies, and intense drama’s are all coming out soon. This year will also have less of an emphasis on comic book flicks, as last year both Iron Man and Batman were all the rage. This year we’re only seeing 2 comic related flicks and one of them is a spin off. So buckle up, grab the popcorn, and get ready for an empty wallet… here’s a look at this summer’s biggest movies:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine | May 1 (Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds)
I’m still a bit up in the air about this one as the X-Men movies didn’t exactly live up to the hype or expectation surrounding them. Wolverine is the most interesting character though and has quite a back story to make for a good spin-off. Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool and even Gambit will be making an appearance. Early reviews have been favorable and this should be a great way to start the summer blockbuster season.
Star Trek | May 8 (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto)
JJ Abrams (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) has reimagined the Star Trek universe and is rebooting the franchise. From the previews it looks a bit more Fast and the Furious than Star Trek, but there are high hopes for this sci-fi action flick starring a young cast. Zachary Quinto is a perfect casting choice for Mr. Spock and Chris Pine seems to bring a new spin to the Capt. Kirk. The supporting cast of Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Eric Bana are all very good as well and I think theres a lot of promise surrounding this movie. Star Trek is back and actually appealing for non-trekkies this time around. This one already has my 10 bucks.
Angels and Demons | May 15 (Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor)
Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are teaming up again for this sequel to “The DaVinci Code.” While the first film left a lot to be desired in comparison to the book, this film is also based on a prior novel which was supposedly even better than the DaVinci Code. With no other box office competition on this particular weekend, look for a huge weekend take. This one is a toss up on whether or not to spend theater money or wait for DVD, but will do well with an older audience as its the smart man’s “National Treasure.”
Terminator Salvation | May 21 (Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard)
Every trailer for this movie has looked amazing. The hype is through the roof and Christian Bale has yet to make a “bad” movie. For everything that this film has going for it, its hard to ignore that McG (Charlie’s Angels) is directing and that it’s gotten a PG-13 rating which means the action may not be as gruesome as the trailers let on. I want to love this movie, but something tells me I’ll just be mildly amused when I walk out of it. Either way, a Terminator movie is not one to miss and its safe to say this will do very well come May 21.
Up | May 28 (Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner)
Let’s see, its Pixar, original concept, and an interesting trailer that made its debut at the Superbowl halftime show in 3D. You can say that “Up” has a bit of a promotional push behind it. If youre a kid you will see this, if you’re an adult with a kid you will see this. If you are in between you will probably still see this as Pixar movies are goldmine’s. The first kid friendly movie of the summer will surely bring in a cool 40+ mil at the box office.
Land of the Lost | June 5 (Will Ferrell, Danny McBride)
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Will Ferrell movie, and thats a good thing. Sometimes distance makes the heart grow fonder and by June 5th, we’ll be ready for his brand of humor on the big screen again. Land of the Lost is a CGI fest that is gonna please a pretty broad audience. Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) is always hilarious and this one has potential to be a pretty funny movie.
The Taking of Pelham 123 | June 12 (John Travolta, Denzel Washington)
I’m looking forward to this and not only because I cameo in it, but it’s the first time I can remember that these two actors have worked together and Tony Scott directing it is the icing on top. This is a remake of a 70s movie, filmed in NYC, and will no doubt please action fans with its subway destruction scenes.
Year One | June 19 (Jack Black, Michael Cera)
I’ve wanted to see this as soon as I saw the trailer. Which is quite something as I rarely like Jack Black movies anymore. But the premise of a biblical comedy produced by Judd Apatow seems pretty intriguing and Michael Cera was born for this type of role. There isn’t a whole lot of comedy this summer so we have to enjoy what we can get and “Year One” has a lot of promise.
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