This summer is going to be huge. Over a hundred movies are being released from May through August.
Here are the five movies I am most excited about:
1. The Dark Knight Rises
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: July 20
Description: “Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy.” (IMDB)
Do I even need to argue this one? The Dark Knight Rises is the third (and supposedly) final installment to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. It is likely the most anticipated film of the summer. Not only do we have the original team of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson, Nolan decided to bring in some of his favorites Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard. As if that was not enough, Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman. This movie will not disappoint. I mean, it is Christopher Nolan.
Directed by: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Release date: June 22
Description: “Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.” (IMDB)
I am always ready for a new Pixar movie (unless it’s Cars *shudder*). It just so happens that Brave is the first Pixar film with a female lead. Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is the daughter of the Scottish King and Queen, but she does not want to get married as her parents would like. All she wants to do is go horseback riding, climb, use her sword, or shoot her bow and arrow. I wish I could do that.
3. Dark Shadows
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: May 11
Description: “An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.” (IMDB)
Here is a shocker: Johnny Depp stars in Tim Burton’s newest film, Dark Shadows. I know this is so surprising. In this comedic-thriller Barnabas Collins (Depp) wakes up confused and in a tomb after two hundred years—I am not exactly sure how he gets out yet—also in the year 1972. Collins finds himself uncomfortable and does not like what he sees. Based off of the 1966-1972 gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows promises to be the perfect mix of Burton’s darkness and humor.
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: July 6
Description: “[It] follows two best pals and marijuana growers, Chon (John Carter’s Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Kick-Ass’ Aaron Johnson), who run afoul of a Mexican cartel leaser names Elena (Salma Hayek) seeking to control the guys’ crop of superstrong weed. Ben and Chon wind up declaring war on the cartel after Elena and her henchmen (Benicio Del Toro) kidnap Ophelia (Blake Lively), a Laguna Beach hippie who’s in a relationship with both Ben and Chon.” Entertainment Weekly
I am not really sure why I want to see this movie so much. Maybe it just reminds me of Pineapple Express. Savages is based on the widely accredited novel by Don Winslow and sounds like a mix of everything, “’It’s a full-blown epic story of greed, violence, the border, the drugs, the relationships, the values of people’” (EW). I can say this with certainty: it is definitely a family friendly movie.
5. The Campaign
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: August 10
Description: “Two rival North Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.” (IMDB)
Trailer: Not yet released
The movie description I provide does not really help but maybe this will: In The Campaign, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are running against each other for President and “’rip each other to pieces’” (EW). Drawing inspiration from the news and political shows, Galifianakis claims that, “’You look at the climate of political ads these days, and [this movie] isn’t too far from the truth’” (EW). To me this movie sounds hilarious, but maybe it’s just because I am a nerd and like political humor…