What is going on with the summer blockbuster? For some reason, I had a difficult time putting this month’s list of the five must-see films together. Traditionally July is a huge time for movies with a history of titles that include Harry Potter, Dark Knight, Transformers, and Forrest Gump. It seems to me that Hollywood is pushing for earlier releases, probably in an attempt to keep their big films in theatres all summer long. That is not to say that I am not excited about today’s list, just that it is not the calibre in which I would expect. But, it is summer, and we gotta see a couple films at least, right?
Sorry To Bother You
First off, Mission Impossible will not be on this list because anything with Tom Cruise in my experience is worth skipping, and not a must-see. But, this little film that probably hasn’t hit your radar yet could be the sleeper of the summer. It looks funny, strange, and an actual unique storyline – which is super rare these days. Coming from a first-time screenwriter and director in rapper Boots Riley, it is possible that this movie will be full of brilliant originality.
Extinction was a film that was meant to be released in theatres earlier this year. Curiously it was pulled and it seemed that we would never see it. Thankfully, we live in a world of online streaming services and Netflix was quick to pick it up. It may be a sign that this is not a brilliant movie that will blow our minds, but if you already pay your Netflix fees why wouldn’t we watch this big Hollywood sci-fi horror film? It may not be on par with Aliens, but a sci-fi horror is a sci-fi horror. I’ll be watching.
The First Purge
This is a brilliant move. Who hasn’t watched the Purge movies and wondered how exactly the world came to this? Sure, it’s loosely explained, but there must be way more to it. Fitting that this is the Purge movie to come out during the Trump administration. Additionally, this will probably be the grandest of the having a larger population and people with harboured resentments. This is worth being excited about, I just hope they can deliver.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
The Teen Titans finally hit the big screen. There have been so many wonderful renditions of this team that have quietly been a significant part of pop culture and comic books despite being overshadowed by the bigger names. Say what you will about the Teen Titans Go! show, you’d be wrong. Yes, it is a cartoony version, but it is one of the cleverest kids shows out there today. You better believe the kids and I will be hitting this one up.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Handily the biggest movie of July, it is hard to believe this is already the third MCU film of 2018. After Paul Rudd’s impressive performance of a B-side character rocked our world in the first Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War it is hard not to be excited about this sequel. I was disappointed not to see these characters in the latest Avengers film, which adds to the interest of how this movie fits into the Marvel timeline. Aside from all the big comic book stuff, it is pretty much a guarantee that this will be a fun little adventure, because that’s what the MCU does.