Summer Movie Review with Louie Gravance
There are a lot of jumpy movie executives in Hollywood about now, nervous as all get-out about what the next twelve weeks have in store for them. You see, last year was a tough summer for Hollywood as moviegoers decided they were getting tired of sequels and movies based on old television shows. Unfortunately, it was already too late to do much to alter the slate of this summer’s releases: more sequels and projects based on old television shows.
So, beyond the fantastic season launch of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (It’s terrific), let’s take a look at what “Loudinni” thinks will be the three biggest winners and losers.
- The one sequel you could, safely, bet your entire homestead is DESPICABLE ME 3 coming out on June 30. This franchise has been beautifully tended to and cherished by a wide audience. These movies carry a lot more heart and wit than the average animated fare aimed at families. Smells like a winner.
- Serious contenders for Academy Awards usually come out in the fall, but DUNKIRK looks to be the serious, smart, big-budget entry directed by Christopher Nolan (INTERSTELLAR, INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT). It’s about Operation Domino during WWll and studio executives are very, very proud and confident about this. Studios don’t release an extended-cut trailer unless they’re sure. Don’t expect to be humming the tunes afterward, it’ll be good but tough to sit through. (July 21)
- While a strange coincidence that all my top picks begin with the letter “D”, expect DETROIT, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER) to hit you right between the eyes. It follows the five days of civil unrest and violence claimed 43 lives and 2500 buildings looted or destroyed in 1967 Detroit. This one won’t be a “fun” time either but the buzz on this film is intensely positive. (August 4)
- If put your nose to the wind you can already smell the first disaster, as it will be taking place momentarily. ALIEN—COVENANT (which was originally titled “Prometheus 2) should actually be titled, ALIEN—COUPLES RETREAT and is apparently so bad that it killed production on Ridley Scott’s planned ALIEN 5. I know, that’s an awful lot of aliens to keep track of so stay away! (May 17)
- No matter what anyone says, I believe WONDER WOMAN will prove to be a big disappointment for average moviegoers and studio titans when she arrives on June 2. Remember, this isn’t coming from the nimble folks over at Marvel, no, it’s coming from the same blunt instruments that brought you SUPERMAN VS BATMAN in the realm of DC Comics. It looks so dutifully aimed at fanboys that I think many of the rest of us are going to find it silly. And speaking of silly….
- THE MUMMY. Nobody wants to see Tom Cruise fight his way out of a ziplocked bag anymore yet the preview portends that’s exactly what we’re expected to endure. I think I speak for many of us when I say Tom has saved the earth quite enough times already in movies, with and without his shirt. Not kidding, this looks like a bazooka of CGI trash and may come to be known as the first Tom Cruise movie that would have made more money without Tom Cruise in it.
POSSIBLE SLEEPER HITS:
While possibly tired of a shirtless Tom Cruise, a shirtless Zac Efron might pull ‘em in for BAYWATCH (May 25). A new franchise may be born with BABY DRIVER (June 28). Charlize Theron might strike it rich (again) as a boot-butt-kicking assassin in ATOMIC BLONDE (July 28). My money is on the latter.
Let’s go to the movies!