As we all know, May is the month that starts the summer block buster season. The movie industry traditionally considered Memorial Day Weekend as the “official” open for the summer. However, in recent years because there have just been SO many movies coming out, the big movie makers keep starting things earlier in the season. That shouldn’t really be an issue, because there are some movies that look good, but I will keep my honest opinion until I am actually out of the theater. Below are the movies I plan on seeing over the next month.
First, we have The Priest:
Opening May 13th, starting Paul Bettany, best know for Geoffrey Chaucer in “A Knights Tale” and Silas in “The Da Vinci Code”. The movie is based on a Korean comic
of the same name. Not sure what I want to feel about this particular movie. The action looks good, the special effects look on par, and the story at least has my interest peaked. I have not read the comic yet, but I am in the process of acquiring it. NOW… In the last few years (and perhaps even longer) Hollywood has made half hearted attempts at translating Asian comics into live action movies and failed miserably. We won’t talk about Drangonball Evolution. Should I mention Street Fighter? I didn’t think so. I will more than likely NOT get a chance to read the comic before I get to see the movie, so I am going to keep my eyes and ears open on this one and save my judgment until I get to see the movie.
Next up, True Legend:
Now this looks AWESOME! A limited release on May 13th, staring Jay Chou, Kato from “The Green Hornet”. Like all good Hong Kong fight movies, does it really need a plot? For this movie, I’m not interested in the plot. I’m interested in how bad ass the main character is. I’m interested in how much blood splatters across the screen. Blood and gore in horror movies doesn’t agree with me, but give me a good violent movie where swords are swinging, daggers are flying, and heads are rolling, and I’m all over that. Yuen Wo-ping, the director, comes to us from “Kill Bill” fame, so if you liked those movies (which I did), you are guaranteed to at least get a good fight or more out of this movie.
Just because, Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger Tides:
Really? Another one? And a prequel no less? As hot as I may think Johnny Depp looks as a scruffy pirate, can we please call this one done already. Opening May 20th, this one brings back the admitting cool Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa before he was a pirate, and a few new to the series characters. It chronicles the story of how Jack got the Pearl, how Barbossa became a pirate, and how they became at odds. Where I am sure it will contain Jack’s high jinx on the high seas, a few well timed one liners, and some large explosions, did this one really need to be made? I was disappointed in Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, but that doesn’t mean I wont go see it. It looks promising, but I am hoping that with the new characters it wont be as disappointing as the last two sequels.
And Now… THOR!
With a release date of May 6th, I have been anticipating this one since the hints to it in Iron Man 1. Well there weren’t hints to the Thor movie so much as the Avenger movie which is in the works. Staring the extremely HOT Chris Hemsworth as the title God, I think this will be a rip roaring event. I will be hard pressed not to wear my black t-shirt that says “Your deity was nailed to a tree… MINE caries the hammer…” with a classic picture of Thor under the white text. The look of this movie is just awesome all around. I know you can’t say anything about the trailer, but I still will be in line early Friday morning to catch the matinée show.
And now… a preview of a movie that slipped under the radar X-Men: First Class:
Starting of the official summer movie season on June 3rd, this actually looks promising. Staring James McAvoy as the young Charles X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, the story is all about how the X-Men got started, complete with yellow and black original costumes. I was terribly disappointed by the last movie being touted as an X-Men origin movie. This one, however, has some elements that could very well bring fans back to the movie theater and get the fans back on the X-Men band wagon. Once again, I will save judgement after I leave the movie theater, but I will remember to go into the theater with an open mind.
For now… That is all.