My favorite movie from May was easily Iron Man 3, but there were a few so so ones mixed in there like The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, and a decent watch in Fast & Furious 6. Let’s see what June has to offer.
- The Internship - Oh geez. Is it supposed to be intentional for Vince Vaughn to seem as out of touch in real life as he seems in this movie? The last good comedy he was in was The Break-Up in 2006. Owen Wilson gets slightly more of a pass from me because he’s at least balanced his shit work with Wes Anderson movies and Midnight in Paris within the same span of years. I’m disappointed with this effort from both of them though. Let’s see if this becomes a surprise hit when all signs point to dud.
- The Purge - This home invasion movie has a very big The Strangers vibe and having loved that movie (fun story, I saw that movie the night I graduated high school oddly enough) I’m excited to see this. The fact that it features Ethan Hawke who thrilled me last year in Sinister and the queen bitch herself Lena Headey and I’m sold. The concept seems a bit far fetched but interesting enough for the movie’s purposes.
- Much Ado About Nothing (limited) - This movie is almost pretty much fan service for Whedonites, bringing together Joss and many of the familiar faces from his past projects for this modern remake of the Shakespeare play. I’m all on board for it, and am super excited to see Alexis Denisof especially. It’s pretty awesome to have your back to back projects the biggest action blockbuster of the year and a small pet project filmed at your house. And it’s gotten awesome early critical response. All these things will put my butt in the seat for this one.
- This Is The End (on Wednesday) - Damn, this is definitely the movie I am most excited to see in the near future. The trailer just makes it look incredibly fun and without the possibility to disappoint. Big ups to whoever came up with this concept.
- Man of Steel - Prior to the trailer coming out for this my interest was pretty much nil. Zack Snyder is on my shit list after Sucker Punch and Christopher Nolan’s involvement wasn’t even helping me give Snyder some leeway. Then I saw the trailer and it struck a chord. It just looks damn good, and hopefully it’s not just a well made promo for the movie because I’m looking forward to it now.
- The Bling Ring (limited) - I’ve really liked all of Sofia Coppola’s movies (although I see why some might hate them) so that alone gets me on board with this one. I’m interested in her taking on such a seemingly energetic subject since most of her movies are so quiet. Maybe Sleigh Bells in the trailer is just making it seem like this one might be a bit louder. I’m also eager to be impressed by Emma Watson because I’m still on the fence about her. I think she’s a fine actress but I’m not that drawn to her. I’d like to see her put herself out there more.
- Monsters University - Monsters, Inc was really cute, so it seems easy enough to continue with the same characters for this prequel. Hopefully it’s better than Cars 2, but honestly I kind of hope for more from Pixar. You’re too great to just keep going with the same properties. I know it’s probably easier, but I don’t give you credit for that. Except for Toy Story.
- World War Z - Unfortunately all of the bad buzz on this has got my expectations very low. The novel was such a hit that I have a feeling it deserves much better. The movie looks kind of generic though. If I hadn’t had any preconceptions before seeing it I still don’t think I’d be interested. I feel like Brad Pitt signed on to this when it seemed like a much better project than it ended up being so even his involvement does nothing for me.
- The Heat - Man, I really am hoping Melissa McCarthy doesn’t burn out this quickly. It’s a bit of an overload having her play the same role in so many movies in such a short amount of time. It was great in Bridesmaids but I always thought she was funny just being kind of a normal funny person back on Gilmore Girls. She doesn’t have to do the same damn shtick over and over. I think pairing her with Sandra Bullock is at least better than playing off of Jason Bateman but this doesn’t look like a certain hit. I’d like a great female led comedy so hopefully it’s decent.
- White House Down - The second White House in peril movie of the year. This one looks to have a much better sense of humor than Olympus Has Fallen though. Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx seemed to have a blast making this movie so hopefully that comes through here. The trailer made it seem fun and I laughed out loud a few times at it so I’m hoping it’s as good as it looks.
- Byzantium (limited) - The premise of this doesn’t feel that fresh, but the trailer made it look like it could be pretty great. I love the pairing of Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan and the gothic look of the film seems really beautiful. It hasn’t gotten a ton of praise so far, but the genre is certainly up my alley so I’ll probably still like it.
What are you looking forward to watching this month?