The summer movie season is finally here! Well, some might argue that the summer movie season started with April’s release of Furious 7, but most consider May the start of the summer movie season and 2015 got off to a great start, with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
But I personally am more excited for what is still to come this summer. Below I’ve outlined five films to get excited for and look forward to for the summer of 2015.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with my list and if you have something that should be added!
5. Jurassic World
Jurassic World is one of those films that is surely going to make Universal lots of money, but the question on the film’s quality remains a mystery. Director Colin Trevorrow made a name for himself with the original sci-fi romance/comedy Safety Not Guaranteed and almost immediately after he was snatched up to direct the long-awaited Jurassic Park sequel.
The initial trailer had me excited, while the latest has sort of let me down in terms of the film’s general look and feel. I’m still very much excited for the film and hoping for great things to come from it, especially for star Chris Pratt, but I’m slightly worried that this latest Jurassic Park installment might be more focused on action and adventure and less on story and characters.
Regardless, Jurassic World is something to keep an eye on.
Director Brad Bird is following up his first live action film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with Disney’s Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney.
Bird more than proved himself as a competent and exciting filmmaker with Mission: Impossible and his works with Disney and Pixar and now he’s got something new and fun for Disney’s live-action department and I for one can’t wait to check it out.
The first few trailers hid most of the film’s plot and structure, while the latest have hinted at some of the story and I cannot wait to unravel a little more once the film finally hits theaters in just a few short weeks.
Clooney is rarely bad and Bird has been on a hot streak as of late and I’m hoping that translates to a great film, because Tomorrowland looks interesting and full of ideas, even though it has been suffering from an over-shadowed marketing thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
3. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Tom Cruise reunites with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie for yet another outing in the popular Mission: Impossible franchise. The M:I franchise is one that I think keeps getting better and better with age and the addition of new cast members, which makes me hope that Rogue Nation is the best one yet.
Ghost Protocol brought in a lot of fun and excitement to the series, only furthering that with some stunning IMAX imagery and a globetrotting feel that rivals some of the best 007 films.
Now, Cruise is back in action and teamed with a director that has a great eye for action and effective storytelling. Plus, the trailer hints at many practical and big-budget effects that may come as a breath of fresh air for those sick of the CGI-heavy superhero films that have hogged up most of the spotlight over the past few summers.
Marvel’s tiniest comic book character and definitely least popular of the big bunch is finally getting his big screen debut, with Paul Rudd starring as the titular Ant-Man. The film has had some troubles getting off the ground, with a long production leading to an entirely new director taking over the film, but the trailers have still indicated something different from Marvel, which should be perfect to follow Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Hopefully Ant-Man connects as strong as last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, because I’d love to see Rudd finally get a starring role in a hopeful franchise that will tie into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller‘s long-awaited Mad Max sequel is finally here, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
Part of me is worried about Mad Max: Fury Road, because it is reminding me a lot of Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, which some may consider to be one of the biggest disappointments of all-time, but I’ve been told by many that have seen extensive amounts of footage that this film is every bit of bad ass that it brags to be, loaded with insane practical car effects and a certain amount of filmmaking adrenaline that only Miller is known for.
Plus, Tom Hardy getting some spotlight is generally never a bad thing and I hope the film helps launch a new franchise for him to play in.
Mad Max: Fury Road is without a doubt my most anticipated film of this summer and I sure hope it delivers and then some.
There’s still a lengthy list of other possible good films of the summer, including but not limited to Terminator: Genisys, Magic Mike XXL and the Fantastic Four reboot. Those films all come with their own fair share of questionable baggage that keeps me from adding them to my list, but I’m definitely keeping my eye out for them and hoping for good things.
Which films are you most excited for this summer? Let me know in the comments down below!