***Written for Funkhouser by Brad Morris. You can follow Brad on Twitter @BHMDeadcast***
Do you smell that scent in the air? If its drifting from Louisville, then it must be time for the run for the roses. This of course means that Spring is in full effect and Summer is right around the corner. With summer comes the biggest time for the movie studios. I’ll never forget the summer that Independence Day came out. My dad and I walked out of the movies right at dusk on July 4th and were pumped to go watch fireworks after Will Smith blew up the silver screen. It seems that every summer since then movie studios have tried to put more and more of their biggest money makers, or at least potential money makers, in between the first weekend of May and run through the last weekend of August.
With all of this in mind, we at Funkhouser decided to look ahead at what is going to be on the menu for the summer of 2017. And parts of that menu look juicy. Let’s look at the appetizers of May.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
The sequel to the surprise hit opens up today. Every time a new Marvel character or group gets introduced, the critics continue to say this is the Marvel movie to fail. GotG was not well known outside of dorks like me. What the first movie did was show that great storytelling and good acting can make believers of us all. The inevitable sequel has high expectations, both from fans and critics.
If the first movie was about bringing the team together, Vol 2 is how that team works after some time together. Having watched an advanced screening, I can firmly say they do a good job. Once again the characters are the story and not all of the CGI. And this edition of the gang is surprisingly emotional. It’s a story of family, or what you can consider family, because even those we have no blood relation to can become family. Also, the music is spot on. Suicide Squad tried and failed miserably to copy GotG, but GotG Vol 2 once again gives us the right tunes at the right time. And finally, there are plenty of surprise cameos and Easter eggs to keep an eye out for. As always, stay in your seats through the credits.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
It feels like every year there is an English legend reimagined and regurgitated to bring in money for the studios. It usually flip flops between Robin Hood and King Arthur. This year, its King Arthur’s turn. What does this one give us that others haven’t? Guy Ritchie. The British director has a much different style of movie making. My favorite he’s made is Snatched, a British comedy hit. I’m looking forward to his take on Arthurian lore and also what kind of crazy action he can bring to the dark ages.
One of the actresses that I admired growing up was Goldie Hawn. Her comedy is well known to anyone over the age of 40. Thanks to Amy Schumer we get to see Goldie back on the big screen. After being dumped by her boyfriend right before an exotic vacation, Schumer convinces her mother, played by Hawn, to go with her. High jinks ensue once they arrive. I’m looking forward to seeing two different generations of comedians come together. The potential for laughing your butt off is high, so be careful eating your popcorn and have your drink ready.
Look, Prometheus was a let down. I think those of us who fell in love with Ripley in Aliens will always have a hard time moving onto the next stories. Prometheus was thought to change that feeling. Instead it enhanced it. Now it seems that Ridley Scott is trying to get the franchise back on course. Covenant is a direct follow up to Prometheus, following in the footsteps of Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s android David. A crew of colonists find out what happened to Shaw and David, and also stumble into a mess of face huggers. There is always a lot of stumbling around in Alien movies. With a diverse cast of victims, I mean colonists, hopefully this is the movie to get the franchise back on track.
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Before you roll your eyes at another Pirates movie, hear me out. I went back and watched the first four this past week. It’s hard to remember this summer movie franchise started out as a ride at Disneyland and DisneyWorld. And it’s target of summer popcorn lovers has worked. It has been a fun ride with Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swan. It made a star out of Keira Knightly. And Johnny Depp found a cash cow he could’ve retired on. Instead they have pushed forward with his not quite right Captain Jack. The fourth movie didn’t use Will and Elizabeth and this lead to it being not quite as fun. Granted it still made money, but I would have given the movie a solid “meh”. DMTNT will be the final voyage for all the original characters, and a few new ones as well. I’m looking forward to Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar as the bad guy facing off against Captain Jack. As Cotton’s parrot would say, “Ready to sail.”
What? You thought there were more movies to go over? Like Wonder Woman, The Mummy, or Transformers? Well, you’re right. There are more movies to go over. But that would take half a day to go over with you, so let’s remember that what you read above this paragraph is only what’s coming out in MAY! So let us have this first preview as the appetizer for the summer. We’ll go over the soup and salad course of June with the next portion of the menu. Which movies are you looking forward too the most this summer? Let us know in the comments section. Until then, have fun at the movies! I’ll see you there.