Top 20 summer movies to be excited, curious, or not care about in 2017
5. 47 METERS DOWN (June 16) – JAWS is my favorite film of all time, which in turn has driven some wild fascination with sharks. I usually have a fairly good time with any shark movie even when they are bad, which unfortunately is most of them. Last summer’s THE SHALLOWS is a perfectly terrifying summer shark movie that stood out among the rest in the forgettable blockbusters. If only the marketing had been better, I think others would have enjoyed it as well. Two friends (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) get stranded in a shark cage deep in the ocean with a Great White lurking about. This could easily be awful, but I’m betting I’m going to have a frighteningly great time at the theater.
4. BABY DRIVER (June 28) – I highly recommend viewing the trailer. It has all the energized, retro makings for a fast-pace thrill ride. Director and writer Edgar Wright (THE WORLD’S END, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, HOT FUZZ, and SHAUN OF THE DEAD) has always had an entertaining and unique spin on things. Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, BABY DRIVER is a musical of sorts using sounds rather than vocals to push the story of a young getaway driver coerced into working for a crime boss who can’t be trusted.
3. ALIEN: COVENANT (May 19) – I’m a big fan of the ALIEN franchise. And yes, I mean all of them. Sure the first two are by far the best but I enjoyed 2012’s PROMETHEUS. I’m excited to enter director Ridley Scott’s unknown world and perhaps cinema’s most terrifying creature once again where in space, no one can hear you scream when a acid-bleeding monster bursts through your chest.
2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (May 5) – The first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY might be my favorite Marvel universe movie and that’s saying quite a bit. Chris Pratt as Star Lord is loose, funny and a renegade hero. He’s about as perfect as one can get along with his ragtag crew. Special shoutout to Bradley Cooper’s voice work as Rocket, which is some of the best in the business, and to baby Groot, who I already have a feeling is going to steal my heart. At any rate, I can’t wait for another adventure in this fun-loving space opera.
1. DUNKIRK (July 21) – Christopher Nolan is easily one of my favorite directors of all time. MEMENTO, THE PRESTIGE, INCEPTION, INTERSTELLAR, and the entire DARK KNIGHT trilogy are incredible. Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles, I need to know absolutely nothing about this World War II film other than Christopher Nolan wrote and directed. You had me at Nolan.
Wait, I’m missing some fairly big summer movie names from my top list! Oh yeah, here they are filed under “Don’t Care.”
5. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD (May 12) – To be fair, I’m open to the idea that this Guy Ritchie film could be good. But the heavy special effects are turning me off. This is the main culprit to other movies being on the “Don’t Care” list that rely on effects over character and story.
4. CARS 3 (June 16) – I LOVE Pixar…with one franchise exception. Thankfully my 3 year old agrees…for now.
3. THE MUMMY (June 9) – Tom Cruise is great but this classic monster movie just doesn’t do it for me anymore.
2. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (May 19) – Stop this already. The first one was okay but I quickly became exhausted and bored with this popular Disney franchise. I’ve discovered that I have zero desire or patience to revisit and don’t need to add anymore mediocre, forgettable big budget movies to my life. Johnny Depp is loopy pirate. We get it.
1. TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (June 23) – See above. I liked the first one and loathed the second. I haven’t seen another since. Nor do I plan to. The effects were impressive once but my eyes begin to cross and my head wants to explode when so much chaos without any substance drags on for 3 hours in however many films now.
Here’s a short list of a few other possibilities that might have some merit this summer, but I’m currently fairly indifferent about:
SNATCHED (May 12), BAYWATCH (May 25), ROUGH NIGHT (June 16), THE BOOK OF HENRY (JUNE 16), THE HOUSE (June 30), THE DARK TOWER (August 4), DETROIT (AUGUST 4), THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (AUGUST 18),