Summer 2017 at the movies, Part 1: May
Summer starts around the end of June and ends at the end of September.
Somehow, Hollywood thinks that Summer starts in May. If you notice, every trailer that says ‘Next Summer’ usually ends up being released sometimes between May and August, as September is already considered Fall. While most people know about this, I still found it funny.
Anyways, here I will list all the movies I think are worth to look forward to, or if you should keep your distance in order to somewhat enjoy it. I’ll clearly start with May (even though I don’t really consider it a Summer month).
After the Summer, I’ll rank the movie from worst to best, and see which ones were actual success. And how my predictions revealed themselves correct.
Anyways, here we go!
May 5th – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – GO
First Marvel movie of the summer, and the most obvious thing in this list to be a box office hit.
As you know, the film is a direct sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that so unexpectedly grossed over $800 million worldwide, and it created a considerable fan following. And it will also serve as a set-up to Avengers: Infinity War, scheduled for release in May 2017 and in-production right now.
Given the fact James Gunn is again Writer and Director, and that the whole cast is back with some interesting addition (above all Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone), I’m pretty sure we are going to have a blast.
Also, while the marketing has been really on spot to communicate the movie’s style and atmosphere, the villain has not been revealed yet. I mean, while we had a glimpse of Ayesha (the gold woman) in the trailers, and that Thanos may have a cameo, we still haven’t seen much of villainous personalities.
It will be released on April 25th in Italy (it’s a festivity in our country), so, if I can, I’ll review it before it’s releasing in the US.
May 12th – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – GO
This is the first movie on the list which may or may not be a success.
It could be because if we take the trailers on their own, they are pretty cool and interesting.
It may not be because as of now Warner did not extensively marketed the movie yet. They still have more than one month to go, so they still have some (little) time.
It was in production since May 2015, and, probably after a long stage of post-production likely involving reshoots, is finally about to hit theaters.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is suppose to start a new six film franchise about the Knights of the Round Table. This will serve as an origin story about Arthur (played by Charlie Hunnam, who turned down the Fifty Shades franchise to be in this movie), and, if we stand by the trailer, he was abandoned and left ignorant of his own destiny, which he will fulfill anyway. The villain is represented by Jude Law.
The overall tone of the movie consist in Guy Ritchie’s style literally taking on fantasy in its own way (it was pitched as Lord of The Rings meet Snatch). The movie in fact appears to be very heavy on CGI, hence making of magic and supernatural power a crucial point, differently from Buena Vista’s 2004 King Arthur, which was a realistic take on the legend.
Hopefully this movie will be a success, since I have faith in Guy Ritchie. In the cast we also have Eric Bana and, in a cameo, David Beckham. Yeah, I know, but, again, it’s just a cameo.
May 19th – Alien: Covenant – Keep your distance
While I actually enjoyed Prometheus, most people did not like that movie, hence why you should keep your expectations low in this somewhat sequel, still directed by Ridley Scott.
This time around, as the title suggest, we are going to have a proper Alien movie.
In Alien: Covenant we have group composed by couples who’s traveling to Earth-like planet to start a colonization. Obviously a Xenomorph will try to stop this.
We don’t have much more details, except from the casting: Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup entering the franchise with Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce returning, the latter two probably in flashback/cameos.
I am personally excited. It looks like it will be a bloodbath.
May 26th – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Keep your distance
Second Disney movie in the list yet another money-making machine.
The fifth installment in the Pirates franchise will be the first directly based on the story told in the famous Disneyland/Disneyworld ride (to which the whole franchise is based on).
This time around Jack Sparrow will have to face off against Captain Salazar (played by javier Bardem), a pirate of Hispanic origins who wants vengeance after Jack betrayed him decades ago.
Apart from Johnny Depp, we have Geoffrey Rush returning for the fifth consecutive time, while Orlando Bloom will reprise his role after his hiatus in the fourth movie.
Given that none of the sequels reached the heights of the first chapter, and that Jack Sparrow became annoying, I’d suggest to keep your expectations low.
Fun fact: according to IMDb, Paul McCartney is in the movie.
May 26th – Baywatch – GO, or don’t
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra all star in this revival of the famous (or infamous) TV series that made Pamela Anderson famous.
The movie will clearly be a comedy where a bunch of lifeguards will take on criminals to serve justice in Malibu.
From the trailers it looks like it will be a fun ride, self aware of the ridiculous concept.
My suggestion is to go if you like raunchy comedy style, but to really avoid in case you hate it. The reactions to CHiPS seems to suggest this.
The only relatively big issue this movie is going to have despite the target difference is going head to head with Jack Sparrow and Co.
This movie will prove once and for all how strong is The Rock star power.
May 26th – War Machine (Netflix) – SIT and WATCH IT
David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) written and directed this rise and fall dramedy about a US Army General.
Clearly a satire, it will star Brad Pitt in the leading role and Topher Grace in a secondary one.
Honestly, the director never disappointed and Brad Pitt seems to have grown a good eye for his roles after he started his Plan B production company.
Plus, it’s a Netflix Original Movie, so it won’t cost you too much anyways.
Will succeed at box office:
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
- Alien: Covenant
- Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Likely to succeed yet not break box-office records
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Likely to score above 60% on RT:
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – 75% or above
- Alien: Covenant – 65% or above
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – 70% or above
- War Machine – 80% 0r above
Likely to score less than 60% on RT:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – 55% or below
- Baywatch – 40% or below
That’s it for our list! Come back next week for our June coverage!