The latter part of the summer movie season sees some powerhouses & some of my most anticipated movies of the year...
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7-USA, July 5-UK, July 6-Singapore)
To be very honest, out of all the superhero flicks this year, Spider-Man: Homecoming is at the bottom of my list. Don't get me wrong and think that I'm not excited about this film...it's just that I am excited about the others a little (or a lot) more...for quite a few reasons. Firstly, we have had quite a lot of Spider-Man movies in recent years, and they all pretty much had the same story beats. And looking at the trailer for this film, I don't see any major plot points that stood out or made it feel different. The only difference is the involvement of Tony Stark (whom I'm kind of bored of seeing right now) and Peter Parker's high school life (which is not exactly what I'm looking for from a Marvel flick right now). All that said, I'm still super excited to see this film and Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and for sure, I am not going to bet against Marvel Studios pulling off another awesome film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9DwoQ7HWvI (Trailer #1)
(Must See!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGHGZjDguqw (Trailer #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxKbJrjR9qM (Trailer #3)
War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14-USA, July 11-UK, July 13-Singapore)
By far my most anticipated movie of the summer. The first movie of this reboot series is a surprisingly excellent movie, and the sequel to that topped it in almost every way and is almost my favourite movie of that year. Those two are movies I deeply adore, and this third film could really seal the set as one of the best trilogies in film. And all the signs are pointing in the right direction. The trailers for this film are just spectacular and really brings the feel of what the underlying conflict of this film is all about. And the performances from the likes of Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson just looks brilliant. And I haven't even got to the best part of it all...the war! The war between these apes and the humans (as can be glimpsed in the trailers) looks to be both visually & emotionally intense. Totally can't wait for this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KWAxBlZKMA (Trailer #1)
(Must See!!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IFAqAIWD6g (Trailer #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRf263nVNCM (Trailer #3)
Dunkirk (July 21-USA, July 21-UK, July 20-Singapore)
I was always going to see a Christopher Nolan film, anyway, there is no doubt about that. But given his last film wasn't particularly spectacular, I was initially a bit reserved. But then trailer after trailer dropped, and it got me more and more excited every time. The backdrop of World War II is something I'm always fascinated about, especially taking into consideration my history of playing WWII-set video games. And that final trailer was the killer for me (link below). It is an awesome trailer with a feeling of increasing intensity, and it is arguably one of my favourite trailers of the year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJePvN_4T_E (Announcement Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QBye6-ToM (Trailer #1)
(Must See!!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cmgiys2n1o (Trailer #2)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Jul 21-USA, Aug 2-UK, Jul 20-Singapore)
A big science-fiction blockbuster is usually the kind of film that is right up my alley...but unfortunately I have no interest in this movie at all. There is just something about the world & the aliens in this film that just screams "cheesy". Whereas in Star Wars or Star Trek, the world is still grounded & feels real. And to add to that, the main protagonists doesn't interest me at all. It is a little tricky to qualify, but these doesn't feel like characters I want to follow.
I may yet end up watching it due to the stature of the film, but I have minimal excitement for the film. Somehow, this movie just doesn't feel right for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3aOg6_7cEc (Teaser #2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_shrCoqWh9k (Trailer #1)
Atomic Blonde (July 28-USA, Aug 11-UK, July 27-Singapore)
Initially, this movie isn't even in my radar. But then the trailer dropped, and I saw how cool the action looks. Of course, then I realize it was from one of the director of the John Wick movie - David Leitch - so that explains it. But because of that, and considering the cast involved (Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, etc), I am now very much excited about this film.
There is only one other movie in this month which I had my eye on, and that would be the animation flick The Emoji Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_nfdzMhmrA), which will be released on July 28. I am personally not too keen on this film, but I am slightly curious to see what the film will be about and how it will fare. And I don't even begin to know how they manage to get Sir Patrick Stewart to voice the poop emoji...