It's hard to imagine the summer movie season is only a few weeks away, but with April here now and X-Men Origins: Wolverine arriving in theaters on May 1 – well, yeah, it’s time to start getting excited. While it may not feel like summer yet outside (especially for those of you still pluggin’ away at school), Hollywood likes to begin their summers a tad earlier, and the brand new Wolverine film will mark the first of many big-budgeted, effects-heavy blockbusters heading our way over the course of the next four-or-so months. But which flicks are we looking forward to the most? Which films have the most promise, the most buzz and best casts?
For this week’s Friday Five, here are a few summer movies we’re really looking forward to:
1. Star Trek (May 8) – Color us curious to see what exactly J.J. Abrams has in store for this Star Trek reboot, which takes the franchise wayyy back to when the crew of the Enterprise were just a ragtag group of hungry teens looking for adventure. While the action definitely looks top notch, audiences and Trek fans alike will have to buy Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as the beloved James T. Kirk and Spock respectively in order to fully embrace the film. Will that happen? I think so … and so does the studio, as they’re already planning the sequel.
2. Terminator Salvation (May 21) – After a six-year hiatus, John Connor is back, but this time he’s all grown up and being played by Batman himself, Christina Bale. Terminator fans are finally getting a sequel set in the future, and, while this one takes place years after the first three – as the killing machines are beginning to rise into power – it’s still kind of a prequel, if that makes any sense. Either way, the strong cast, the dark atmosphere and the tons upon tons of action make this one film not to be missed.
3. Funny People (July 31) – I’m a sucker for Judd Apatow films, and Funny People – which revolves around the life and almost death of a stand-up comedian -- marks the third one he’s directing himself (after The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up), and you really can’t go wrong with a cast that includes Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill and Leslie Mann.
4. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (August 7) – Though we haven’t seen a whole lot from this film yet, footage screened at ShoWest this past week was very well received and folks are really starting to warm up to the idea of a live-action G.I. Joe movie. The cast – which includes folks like Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Dennis Quaid – is an odd mish-mosh of stars, but I have a feeling they’ll pull it off and deliver a knock-out punch come early August.
5. Inglourious Basterds (August 21) – Audiences will get their first look at Quentin Tarantino’s latest film when it premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month, but the rest of us will have to wait till the end of August to watch Brad Pitt and his small group of WWII soldiers hunt down and brutally murder Nazis, while helping a French-Jewish theater owner exact revenge on the folks who killed her family. Bloody and brutal this film definitely is, but it’d be hard not to look forward to a film from the guy who brought us Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill.
So there you have it. Now it’s your turn to let us know which summer films you’re looking forward to the most…