8 films to look out for this summer

AS SUMMER approaches, we take a look at some of the must see films that you can look forward to in the coming months.

8films1The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Release Date: 23rd May

The film seems simple, sad, slightly sadistic – but don’t be fooled, it’s a comedy. A comedy with the potential of being genuinely clever and witty. Robin Williams stars as the titular character who is told by his nurse (played by Mila Kunis) that he has 90 minutes to live. Desperately trying to make amends with his wife, son and brother (played by Peter Dinklage) The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is forced to look at life from the viewpoint of someone who is losing it. It’s a film that will most definitely get the audience thinking of what they would do in his situation. Definitely worth a watch, although I’d take a tissue with you, just incase it’s not so much a comedy as it is a tragedy.

xmen1X Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: 23rd May

Aside from the slightly confusing title, the seventh instalment of the Marvel series looks like it’s going to include everything we’ve loved from the previous films, from its first release in 2000 with X-Men to 2013’s The Wolverine. The premise of the film, to put it simply, is that the main characters are to join forces with their younger selves so that they can fight a battle in which they change the past in order to save the future. The cast for Days of Future Past is immense, having  reunited characters that have featured in the films from the past 14 years. Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin,  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are all set to return alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassebender and James McAvoy who will reprise their roles as the younger Mystique, Magneto and Professor X. If I haven’t dropped enough names in this review already, I’m forced by my love of television drama to inform you that Evan Peters ( of American Horror Story) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) have joined the cast as Quicksilver and Bolivar Trask. Epic cast, epic series – hopefully, another epic film!

8films2Maleficent

Release Date: 30th May

Maleficent was one of the only Disney villains that I genuinely feared as a child, and so when Disney announced they were making a film that focuses on the untold story of this iconic villain my initial reaction was a mixture of excitement, followed by doubt. I doubted that they would be able to pick an actress that had the power to revive the Maleficent that my childhood self feared. After announcing that Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning were to take the leading roles of Maleficent and Aurora –  ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – my doubts subsided, but were not completely eradicated. It wasn’t until I read that Robert Stromberg, (Academy Award winning special effects artist and designer who’s credits include The Pirates of the Caribbean,  Pan’s Labyrinth, Life of Pi, There Will Be Blood, 2012, Broadwalk Empire, The Road )- was making his directorial debut with Malifecent that I knew this film would recreate and elaborate on the dark materials and haunting images that Disney had first introduced back in 1959. If you haven’t already caught a glimpse of the trailer yet, take a look at the beautiful creature that Stromberg and Jolie have created – the horns, the cheekbones, the chilling stare – you name it, they’ve revived it!

8films3The Fault in Our Stars

Release Date: 6th June

Based on John Green’s sixth novel which ‘The Times’ has described as “damn near genius”, The Fault in Our Stars is one of the most anticipated adaptations of the summer and if you had your doubts about this film and have merely witnessed the hype surrounding it, let me assure you of one thing; you may dislike the writer, the actors and the film itself, but it will most probably make you cry.  Hazel ( Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort) are teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and begin a relationship that laughs, cries, scorns and dissects the cancer that has affected their young lives. The Fault in Our Stars is a powerful book and this should transcend effortlessly into the film as Green co-wrote the script and oversaw a lot of the films production. There will most certainly be a buzz surrounding this films release- I expect it will be hard to escape the excitement!

8films4Earth to Echo

Release Date: 2nd July

For those of us who cherish our memories of Spielberg’s classic E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial, this film may spark that love we felt for the innocent alien protagonist and its friendship with some lucky American child who just so happened to stumble upon it. Earth to Echo has taken a modern twist on the storyline, whereby what we see on the screen are the children’s recordings of their adventure as they encounter a number of bizarre occurrences when construction begins in their neighbourhood. Smart phones, Skype and GoPro’s project a new twist on the genre. I would describe it as a cross between E.T, Super 8 with a hint of Transformers – if any of these films satisfied your sci-fi taste buds then it may be worth watching Dave Green’s breakthrough into feature films.

8films5Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: 11th July

Caesar returns in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), in which we were left wondering what the next step would be for Caesar and his army of intelligent apes as they roam freely in San Francisco. Gary Olman and Keri Russell are leading the cast alongside Andy Serkis, who embodies the role of a chimp to become the model for Caesar. Olman plays a retired construction demolition contractor who is one of the few who weren’t infected by a virus that starts a war between humans and Caesar’s army. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes merely built the bones of the story whilst Dawn of the Planet of the Apes provides the flesh of the sci-fi drama.

8films6Into the Storm

Release Date: 8th August

We all love to watch, discuss and fear the films that remind us of our powerlessness in the face of nature. Much like it’s thought provoking predecessors in the ‘disaster movie’ genre, Into the Storm attempts to give the audience a frightening glimpse of what it is like to be caught in the destructive waves of a hurricane. Starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) and Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan), the film follows a group of high school students along with the rest of their suburban American town as they document the progression and aftermath of the tornado that has hit their home with its devastatingly destructive force. Definitely a film to see if you’ve got a tough stomach when it comes to natural disaster movies.

8films7The Giver

Release Date: 15th August

I seemed to be one of the few people who hadn’t heard of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. For those of you who are in the same boat as I was, it is an American children’s novel published in 1993 about a boy named Jonas who documents his thirteen years living in a utopian society that eliminates pain by eradicating emotion. The film has recruited an interesting cast: Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. If you are a fan of reading or watching utopian/ dystopian fiction then this film is sure to entertain you. It’s also a bonus that we get to watch Alexander Skarsgård and Jeff Bridges in the same film.