May is almost over, which means June is finally here. The summer movie season might kick off in May, but June is usually where the studios place their big summer tent-pole films. The biggest and possibly one of the summer’s best films drops in June. Yes, I’m talking about Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. But there’s also a few other titles that look promising. Which ones are you most looking forward to?
Before we dig into June too much, we should probably reflect back on May. I was most looking forward to these films in May and unfortunately they almost all disappointed me. I hope that’s not the case in June, especially for Man of Steel.
June doesn’t look nearly as big as May or July for that matter, which simply means that the ones that are hitting need to make it count. Below I’ve constructed a list of five films that I think you should look forward to in June.
Keep in mind that this is simply my personal list and not the end-all list that you should be marking your calendars for. I try to fill these lists with variety and not just the big summer titles or the small indie projects. I like a little bit of everything!
5. The Purge
It’s no secret that I enjoy horror movies. The Purge looks like a solid sci-fi/horror hybrid film to kick-start the otherwise expensive and large June. It’s from the Blumhouse production company that brought us Sinister and Paranormal Activity, which means it’ll be an R-rated horror film that isn’t afraid to scare and shock you.
The starring of Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey has me almost as intrigued as the plot itself. Both are great actors that like to stretch their muscles in various genres and The Purge could be something that works even better because of their performances.
There’s a strong chance that this film falls flat and brings nothing new to the table, but there’s also a slight chance that it breaks through as the first horror hit of the summer and it could end up being one of the better horror films of the year, especially since we’ve had very little horror over the past couple of months.
4. World War Z
I honestly have no idea why I’m even putting this on my list. Everything about this film looks like massive-scaled CGI garbage, but I’m a sucker for zombies and I really do want to see what director Marc Forster comes up with.
Brad Pitt always makes a film worthy of at least one watch, but even he probably won’t be able to save something like this. The scale is what has me most interested, because we’ve never seen such a large zombie film. World War Z is rated PG-13 though, which means this will mostly be an action-oriented adventure and not so much a survival horror film.
My expectations are set low for this one, which means it still has the possibility of surprising me. There would be nothing better than a big-budget zombie film to help close off June.
3. The Heat
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig re-teams with Melissa McCarthy and adds Sandra Bullock in this R-rated buddy cop film that looks absolutely hilarious. The red band trailer sold me, despite my general lack of interest in anything that Bullock does. I feel like she’s good when the material is right, but for some reason she mostly picks the wrong material.
I wasn’t the biggest Bridesmaids fan, but I thought it was funny. I feel like The Heat is going to be a massive success, both with audiences and at the box office. We haven’t had many good comedies this year, with Pain & Gain being the only one that immediately pops out. I’d love to laugh my ass off at another R-rated comedy, wouldn’t you?
2. This is the End
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and virtually all of their friends in a movie, playing themselves. How could this not be the funniest looking thing to see a release in June? I’ve been sold on the concept ever since I first heard about it way back when and now, after seeing various trailers and clips, I can say that I am truly anticipating This is the End.
A lot of people are turned off by the idea of celebrities playing themselves in a movie that can maybe be described as a glorified home video that they shot on a down weekend, but I’ve been told by trusted friends that this thing is the funniest thing since last year’s 21 Jump Street.
1. Man of Steel
I’m willing to bet that this is the most anticipated film for a lot of people. Not just for June, but for the entire summer. I really am looking forward to Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. This long-awaited dark Superman reboot, produced by The Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan, has been WB’s main focus ever since Nolan capped off his Batman trilogy.
This film not only needs to be amazing, but it also needs to make them a lot of money if they want their Justice League franchise to take off. I’m not as worried about that as I am about Zack Snyder, who’s coming off of the mostly horrible Sucker Punch.
He made Watchmen, 300 and Dawn of the Dead, which are three movies that I enjoyed — one of them happens to be my all-time favorite graphic novel adaption. I believe that with Nolan’s help Mr. Snyder will finally be able to balance his eye for shooting kinetic action and meaningful characters.
Man of Steel has all of the makings for a good movie, but I’m still worried that this could be a case of perfectly cut trailers.
Which film are you most looking forward to in June? Did any of the films that you saw in May turn out to be as good as you were hoping?
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