With awards season out of the way, it’s time to bring on the fun. Summer movie season is around the corner, and this year has no shortage of highly anticipated movies, from animated sequels to big budget blockbusters. Because there are so many exciting movies coming out this summer, we’ll be running a series of summer movie posts. Keep reading for the scoop on what you can expect to see in theaters this May. Check back at The Daily Quirk for additional coverage on June-August movies.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley
Robert Downey Jr. is back as the sarcastic Tony Stark, donning his Iron Man ensemble to take on the Mandarin (Kingsley), a popular foe from the Iron Man comics. The cast and crew have kept quiet about the specifics of the storyline, but after the success of The Avengers last spring, fans are excited to see what Tony Stark has up his sleeve. While Jon Favreau wrote and directed the first two Iron Man movies, Shane Black took over those duties for the third movie. Black has limited experience with directing but has written screenplays for many popular action movies, including the Lethal Weapon series.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Book adaptations are tricky, especially when it comes to the classics. Fans of The Great Gatsby have been anticipating Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, with a mix of excitement and dread. It will be interesting to see what Luhrmann, with his penchant for spectacle (Moulin Rouge!) and history of flipping classic literature on its head (Romeo + Juliet) will do with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic roaring ‘20s novel. With seasoned actors like DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in the cast and Luhrmann’s eye for style, The Great Gatsby has the potential to be an elegant, vibrant tribute to Fitzgerald’s work.
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz
In the grand tradition of animated film, Epic is a grandiose fantasy about a teenager (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who comes upon a miniature world deep in the forest. She finds herself enveloped in a battle of good and evil, teaming up with Leafmen warriors (including characters voiced by Josh Hutcherson and Colin Farrell) to fight against the evil Boggans, led by Christoph Waltz’s villainous Mandrake. There are many other famous voices, from Beyonce to Aziz Ansari, contributing to the cast of Epic, which is based on William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
Four years after the somewhat surprising success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, fans are finally being treated to a follow-up. Most of the crew and the entire core cast from the first movie is returning, and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch joins the cast. Rumors are flying about his role, which was officially described as an overachieving Starfleet agent, though many believe Cumberbatch may actually be the infamous villain Kahn. Abrams is keeping quiet on the subject of Kahn, but rest assured Star Trek Into Darkness will be an action-packed sci-fi spectacle perfect for kicking off the summer movie season.
Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Yes, they’re making another Fast and the Furious movie. Original cast members Paul Walker and Vin Diesel team up with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Agent Shaw against a rival gang, led by Jason Statham. I haven’t seen one of these movies since the laughable Tokyo Drift, but I can only assume Fast & Furious 6 will feature fast cars, scantily-clad ladies, attempts at one-liner catchphrases, and shirtless shots of the main characters. Something for everyone, I guess?
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
The Wolfpack returns for the third and final Hangover film, this time getting into more shenanigans in Vegas. There’s not much information out there on the plot of the movie, but I suppose the plot isn’t all that important as long as the laughs keep coming. Comedy darling Melissa McCarthy joins the cast for the third film and is a bright spot in the trailer. The trailer, by the way, looks like more of the same, so if you enjoyed the first couple movies, chances are The Hangover III will tickle your funny bone as well.
Before Midnight (May 24)
Before Midnight is the third film in Richard Linklater’s series focused on the romance between French idealist Celine (Julie Delpy) and mysterious loner dude Jesse (Ethan Hawke). In 1995’s Before Sunrise, they met on a train and spent the night together in Austria before parting ways. In 2004’s Before Sunset, they reunite when Celine seeks out Jesse at a signing for his recently published book. And now, in Before Midnight, Jesse and Celine are finally together, but life isn’t perfect. Jesse struggles to maintain a relationship with his teenage son and Celine considers a new career. Together they work hard to maintain their relationship as time passes. Before Midnight may not have big action or big laughs, but fans of these characters will no doubt be thrilled to catch up with Jesse and Celine.
Check back on May 13th for Part 2 of The Daily Quirk Summer Movie Preview!
- The Daily Quirk Summer Movie Preview: Part Two
- POLL: Which Summer Movie Are You Most Excited to See?
- 5 Wacky Robert Downey Jr. Moments from the Iron Man 3 Tour! Plus a new clip from the film!
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