Amazing as it was, it’s nice to finally put 2016 to bed and to get on to the business of a new year of movies. I apologize for being a big behind on reviews, but I should have that caught up by the weekend. The summer is traditionally where the movie industry showcases their biggest, loudest, splodiest, franchisiest entries, but-let’s face it=summer began last week with Logan. Summer, now-apparently-runs from March to August, but we’re going to be all crazy traditional and limit this year’s Most Anticipated Summer Film to May – August (we’re wacky like that).
My personal most-anticipated film for the summer is July’s Dunkirk. It’s an incredible story from WW2 that, to my knowledge has not received a cinematic memorial, and that memorial is being directed by my favorite director, Christopher Nolan. It also is one of the few big films this summer (this YEAR) that is not part of a franchise. Not that I’m knocking franchises totally. We’ll get the 15th and 16th films in the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man Homecoming, the fourth film in the DCEU in Wonder Woman, and the third film in Matt Reeves brilliant revival of the Apes series with War for the Planet of the Apes, Another July release that’s not a franchise (yet) is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower FINALLY coming to the big screen starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConnaughey.
Then there are franchise entries I’m less sure about. The Despicable Me films proper have been great, so even though Minions sapped me of my enthusiasm for the little yellow buggers, it’s third entry has a much better chance of justifying its existence than Cars 3. We’re also getting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers movies, and the sixth (or eighth if you count the AVP movies) in the Alien franchise.
So which one are you most looking forward to as the blockbusters of March and April…..transition into three more months of blockbusters? Cast your vote, and we’ll announce the winner right about the time The Fate of the Furious (Fast 8) roars into theaters in April, which is definitely not part of summer now.