Summer starts officially with some of the biggest blockbusters of the year...literally!!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2-USA, Apr 18-UK, May 1-Singapore)
The hot early May superhero spot (which usually gets big bucks, after The Avengers and Iron Man 3) this time around is capitalized by The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Spider-Man is one of my favourite heroes in films, simply because he is fast, strong, agile, can swing (aerial), and can even shoot webs (range), giving him the versatility in the making of a great combination of action sequences with the capacity to take on many different kind of villains. Yet he is also interesting because he has very human issues in his personal life, and has the talent for making jokes and having fun along the way.
Furthermore, Marc Webb have proven himself worthy with the first film, and now this one seems to take another step further with more villains, exciting action, and uncovering more secrets of Peter Parker's life. And to top it all off, the first trailer for this film is simply one of the best ever (probably the best of the year so far, and awesome soundtrack too!).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8MykckiOiU (Trailer #1) (Must See!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW5u_y27LmQ (Extended Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VkzArhVhIA (Final Trailer)
Godzilla (May 16-USA, May 16-UK, May 15-Singapore)
Literally one of the biggest films of the year, with people all around getting excited at witnessing the return of the giant lizard known as Godzilla. There have been good and bad films showcasing this entity (admittedly I have watched none of them), but as can be seen from the trailers, this one seem to take an angle of conveying the fears, destructions, and consequences of having this monster around. It really presses on how small & puny humans are compared to the power of nature, and whether we are in control of it, or the other way around. With some great casts in Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, as well as trailers displaying some ferocious destructions, this may well be the biggest movie to look out for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu85WQTPRc (Main Trailer)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23-USA, May 22-UK, May 22-Singapore)
One of my most anticipated film of the year, for 2 main reasons. One is that with the scale and depth of the project, with the old & new cast combining, as well as pioneer Bryan Singer's return, we can only expect high quality entertainment from this film. The other reason is the plot, which once again takes the X-Men requiring to join forces (even in the past) to stop a terrible force driving them towards extinction.
The X-Men films have never been like any other superhero films, not only because of the large number of super-powered characters, but also because they reflect social issues & minority discrimination that became the centre of conflict for many times in human history. Unlike Spider-Man or Iron Man that gets the celebrity status for being a superhero, the X-Men have always been outcasts, and more so than ever, they are on the verge of extinction with some powerful forces on their doorstep. With a very dark tone, and a very emotional plot, all before some promising quality entertainment and action, this will be my most anticipated superhero film of the year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK2zYHWDZKo (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6acRHWnfZAE (Trailer #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsjtg7m1MMM (Final Trailer)
Note: In the end, the final trailer did show lots of light & humourous moments, which is always good for a blockbuster film.
Maleficent (May 30-USA, May 30-UK, May 29-Singapore)
A film based on the Disney villain Maleficent of the Sleeping Beauty story. The unique thing about this one, is that rarely does a film, especially coming from Disney, to take on the viewpoint and focus on the villain's storyline. It will be interesting to marvel again on the world of Princess Aurora, this time from an opposing angle. Furthermore, the cast is brilliant, with the amazing Angelina Jolie taking on the titular role. From the trailers, there has been some very promising visual treats for us. And given that this is one of the most famous villains ever, this surely will be something interesting to look forward to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pgmFAOgm5E ("Dream" Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep7afV5wI_E ("Wings" Trailer)
Chef (May 9)
-An intriguing comedy film reuniting Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr, and Scarlett Johannson...
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (May 9)
-An animation film, this time back on the world of Oz...
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)
-An interesting comedy film with a unique setting, and a bunch of great actors too...