We are about a month away from Hollywood’s summer. With it comes some original movies and some remade movies; we will see movies hoping to start their own franchises and we will see several sequels. There’s a lot happening and buzzing, so let’s get crackin’ (the ‘Summer Preview’ will be broken down by month, films I’m very excited for are in bold)!
MAY – BATTLE OF THE SEQUELS
Thor Action May 6
Boasting the acting talent of Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, Thor aims to be the first blockbuster of 2011. When a powerful and arrogant warrior is cast from his realm, he becomes the defender of Earth.
Something Borrowed Comedy May 6
Friendships are tested and secrets revealed when the terminally ill Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) falls for Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Darcy’s (Kate Hudson) fiance.
The Beaver Comedy/Drama May 6
Jodie Foster’s first directed film since 1995 tells the story of a troubled husband and executive who adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.
The First Grader Biography/Drama May 13
Based on the true story of an 84 year old Kenyan villager and ex Mau-Mau freedom fighter fights for his right to go to school for the first time to receive the education he could never afford.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Action/Adventure May 20
Hollywood unleashes its first sequel on the summer with Pirates 4 which sees Johnny Depp reprise his infamous role as Captain Jack Sparrow. The one drawback is that Pirates 4 doesn’t gain reprisals for Elizabeth Swan (Kiera Knightley) or Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) – instead it adds the allure of Penelope Cruz.
Midnight in Paris Comedy/Romance May 20
Written and directed by Woody Allen, this romantic comedy boast star power from Rachel McAdams, Mariod Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Kathy Bates. Midnight in Paris is about a family travelling through the French capital for business and a young couple who is forced to confront the illusion that others’ lives are better.
The Hangover: Part 2 Comedy May 27
One of two sequels set for release on May 27, The Hangover: Part 2 is the follow-up to 2009’s smash hit comedy. Complete with the original cast and director, The Hangover: Part 2 has some large shoes to fill.
Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom Animation May 27
Kung Fu Panda (Jack Black) takes on The Hangover in what will be a battle of the sequels. 2008’s widely successful first film will feature the original cast with a new director, Jennifer Yuh.
The Tree of Life Drama May 27
A drama centered on a family and three boys in the 1950s; the eldest of which witnesses the loss of innocence. Banking on the namesakes of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, The Tree of Life looks to be one to watch, but will face inevitably stiff competition.
JUNE – A SUPERHERO’S TIME
X-Men: First Class Action June 3
The second prequel to the X-Men series stars James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon and January Jones. In 1963, Charles Xavier (McAvoy) sets up a school and later a team for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), Xavier’s best friend and future archenemy.
Beginners Drama June 3
A young man is rocked by two announcements: 1) his elderly father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and 2) that he has a young male lover. Produced by Focus Features.
Super 8 Sci-Fi/Thriller June 10
In the summer of 1979 a group of friends in a small town of Ohio witness a catastrophic train crash while making a Super 8 movie – soon they suspect it’s not an accident. Starring Elle Fanning. Film by JJ Abrams.
Green Lantern Action June 10
Shot in 3-D, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively take to the story of a test pilot who was granted a mystical green ring giving him otherworldly powers.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Comedy June 17
The story of a businessman (Jim Carrey) who inherits six penguins and transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland.
Cars 2 Animation June 24
Helmed by Toy Story 1 & 2 director John Lasseter, Lighting McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Co. take an international adventure.
JULY – THE MONTH OF THE FRANCHISE
Larry Crowne Romantic Comedy July 1
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. Written, directed and acted by Tom Hanks, he reunites with Julia Roberts.
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon Sci-Fi July 1
Shia LeBouef returns to his role in this successful franchise, minus Megan Fox (after her “diva” antics and slams to Michael Bay). In this installment the Autobots battel the Decepticons to reach the Cybertonian hidden on the moon.
Horrible Bosses Comedy July 8
The buzz surrounding this star-studed film (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Colin Farrell) is that Jennifer Aniston BARES ALL (minus intricate private parts according to reports). The film is about three friends who conspire to murder their awful boss whe they realize they are standing in their way of their own happiness.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Pt 2 Fantasy July 15
The final film of the Harry Potter franchise promises to boast some serious box-office totals and completes the journey of an entire generation. Director David Yates returns (Yates directed Harry Potter and the Half Blood Princeand Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
Winnie The Pooh Animation July 15
Disney returns to the drawing board with its 51st animate feature that takes another adventure in the 100-acre forest with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Eeyore and Christopher Robin.
Captain America: The First Avenger Action July 22
Chris Evans assumes the role of the latest superhero. After being deemed unfit for the military Steve Rogers (Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America. Evans co-stars with Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Cowboys & Aliens Sci-Fi July 29
Set in 1873, spaceships arrive in Arizona to take over the world, but not without a fight from a posse of cowboys. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell assume roles in this John Favreau (Iron Man franchise director) film.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. Comedy July 29
A father tries to manage his relationship with his children as his marriage unravels. Josh Groban makes his feature film debut alongside Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon.
AUGUST – PREPARE THE HORROR
Rise of the Apes Sci-Fi/Action August 5
James Franco stars in this remake about scientific experimentation that results in a battle of supremacy between humans and apes.
Don’t be Afraid of the Dark Horror August 12
Written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, a young girl sent to lie with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
The Help Drama August 12
A look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behaviors are shattered when three courageous women strike up an unlikely friendship.
Conan the Barbarian Action/Adventure August 19
The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyborice on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and slaughter of his village. Jason Momoa assumes the role (known previously for his “Jason” on Baywatch).
Fright Night Horror-Comedy August 19
Colin Farrell and Toni Collette take on roles in this commedy-horror remake about a teen who discovers his neighbor is a vampire.
Final Destination 5 Horror August 26
Director Steven Quale’s feature film directing debut comes in the form of the latest Final Destination. Quale notably worked as the Second Unit Director on major box office films Titanic and AVATAR.
And there you have it… the Bobby-james Summer 2011 Preview. Hopefully everyone can find something that interests them and kick-back and relax this summer, which I’m predicting will be a heat wave! Fall Preview will be avialable in August for September-early November, followed by the Holiday Preview which encompasses mid-November-December!
Keep your eyes peeled for my ratings! :o)