Summer Movie Preview

I don’t recall if I did this last year, but here is a list of “summer” movies I am interested in seeing this year. The summer gets earlier and earlier, partially because if I didn’t include April this year’s list would be pretty short. Is there anything I missed over the summer months that I should be excited for? Keep in mind that I will not watch horror movies. I flatly refuse. So here are nearly twenty movies I am at least interested in seeing, if not actually excited to see them.

  • Shazam – April 5 – I am super pumped for this one. As far as this year’s crop of superhero movies (which includes Hellboy because of course he is a superhero), this is the one I am most excited to see. It just looks like so much fun the trailers. Also, it looks like it is doing something at least slightly different than everything else. I am ready to be disappointed.
  • Hellboy – April 12 – I loved the last Hellboy movie, the second from Guillermo del Toro. It makes it hard for me to really look forward to this reboot. Still, the recent trailer looked fine and I like the character and the star, Stranger Things’ David Harbour.
  • Avengers: Endgame – April 26 – I am excited, but not as excited as I would expect to be. I don’t know. There is no chance I am not going to see it, there is little chance I am not going to really enjoy it. But I don’t know that I am really anticipating it.
  • The Long Shot – May 3 – This wasn’t on my radar until I saw the trailer before Captain Marvel. I am not sure of how good it will actually be, but the trailer seemed entertaining enough. I generally like Seth Rogen and I love Charlize Theron.
  • Detective Pikachu – May 10 – People see to be excited for this; I don’t get it. This looks horrible. Maybe not a bad movie, but it looks horrible. That said, I’ll almost certainly go see it.
  • The Hustle – May 10 – I love Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This gender-flipped remake, with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson looks pretty solid. If it is even half as good as the Michael Caine and Steve Martin version, I’ll be happy.
  • John Wick Chapter 3 – May 17 – It’s more John Wick. I would be there even if the trailer didn’t look awesome, which it does.
  • Aladdin – May 24 – I know the internet freaked out about blue Will Smith, but I am here for this. I mean, I haven’t really liked any of Disney’s other live action adaptations of their animated classics, but it’s directed by Guy Ritchie, who I pathetically still have faith in him (hey, The Man from UNCLE is great).
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters – May 31 – Yup yup, yup. I am here for this. I want more Godzilla, I want Rodan, Ghidora and Mothra. Will this be too much? Maybe. But I am not going to miss it.
  • Dark Phoenix – June 7 – Let’s be honest, Fox has made exactly 3 good X-Men movies in 20 years. I don’t expect this to be the 4th. But thanks to the sunk cost fallacy, I feel like I’ve invested too much in this series to skip it.
  • Men in Black International – June 14 – I’m in for the cast. MiB3 was actually a lot of fun, maybe there is some life still in this concept.
  • Shaft – June 14 – I know little about this movie. I know the character Shaft and I know this is bringing together multiple generations of Shafts, but that is it. I really like Sam Jackson; I’ll give this a shot.
  • Toy Story 4 – June 21 – I don’t believe we need more Toy Story, Toy Story 3 was a pretty great wrap up for the series. But I like Pixar and I’ve liked all the Toy Story movies so far, so I’ll see it. It feels like Pixar is pushing their luck with this one.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 5 – More Marvel. More Spider-Man. I find it hard to be truly excited for either these days, but I rarely failed to enjoy either. (forget the Amazing Spider-Man movies: I try to.)
  • The Lion King – July 19 – I haven’t liked many Jon Favreau movies or any live action Disney adaptations. I don’t expect this to change that. But I’m going to keep an eye on this. I could easily be persuaded to give it a try.
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – July 26 – Quentin Tarantino. That is all I need to know to be excited for this. He pops up every three or four years with a masterpiece and I can’t wait to see this movie.
  • Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw – August 2 – Hot take: this movie is combing the best parts of the last few Fast and Furious movies. I am much more interested in a team up between The Rock and Jason Statham than the further adventures of Dom’s family. This looks like glorious nonsense.
  • New Mutants – August 2 – Is this actually coming? I don’t know. Will it be good? Seems unlikely. Is it based on some X-Men comics I actually like? Yes, yes it is. So if this actually comes out, I will be going to see it.