It’s summer, which means Hollywood is about to make a lot of money.
From reboots to sequels to prequels, there’s nothing more dull to me than summer blockbuster season. Summer is Hollywood’s opportunity to release it’s “cash-cow stash of blockbusters” that will either be epic, or totally suck. There are a few box office blockbusters this summer, and according to SBD, the one that is predicted to make the most sales at the box office is the Lion King rake. While it looks beautiful, I can’t say that I’ll be seeing that one.
Sometimes there’s a few exceptions that I can look forward to. Nothing will likely knock Avengers Endgame off the charts, but family-films like Toy Story 4 will definitely try.
Here are five upcoming summer releases that I’m looking forward to!
Director: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks
Plot: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Why I’m Excited: The original Toy Story was released in 1995. Yes, nearly 25 years ago, and it’s still a part of our lives. While this may not be at the top of my list of movies to see, I’d be damned if I didn’t catch this one in theaters. It’s going to be great, and it’s a legendary saga not to be missed.
Director: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor
Plot: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Why I’m Excited: I don’t even know what to think about this movie, except that it looks like a total mind-fuck. Ari Aster jumped into my nightmares with Hereditary, and it looks like he’s back to business to do the same again with Midsommar.
Director: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
Plot: A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.
Why I’m Excited: I read somewhere that this plot is common in life, but I’ve literally never had this experience, which is why I think this is a good story to tell. I’m not familiar with Awkwafina at all, but she looks like a total scene-stealer in this trailer, and I’m here for her. My tissues are ready.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Plot: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Why I’m Excited: Tarantino is back, and I’m all about it. After his mediocre last movie, I have high hopes for this, because he’s got such a mega star-studded cast backing him up. Not to mention this is Brad Pitt and Leo Dicaprio’s first movie together…what could go wrong?
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård
Plot: Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.
Why I’m Excited: This barely makes my cut since it’s inching out of summer, but the trailer for Chapter Two is an experience in itself. The cast of the grown up Losers Club are all A-listers who look and act their parts.
What summer movies are you looking forward to?