May! Summer movie season is in full swing, despite not
actually being summer until *checks notes* the 21st of June. Man, we
gotta work on that. Regardless, the megahits are ready to roll, though this
month is surprisingly light on billion dollar babies, but there are a whopping
sixteen films coming out to, well, get buried at the feet of the monsters, but
hey, counterprogramming! Anyway, let’s take a look.
- GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS – May 31, RealD3D,
IMAX. Many felt the first GODZILLA didn’t have enough, well, Godzilla. This
promises to massively improve on the amount of monster-on-monster action. Spectacle
unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and do you ever need to see it in IMAX.
- JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM – May 17, IMAX.
The final chapter in the tale of Mr. Wick. For the record, parabellum is latin
for “prepare for war.” The first two had some absolutely best-in-class action,
and this should top everything that’s come before.
- ROCKETMAN – May 31. The fantastical story of the tumultuous rise
of Elton John. Taron Egerton pretty much becomes Elton to the point where he’s
actually singing instead of lip synching Elton’s recordings. Much more dynamic
than the inevitably-compared-to BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, director Dexter Fletcher is
actually the guy who finished BR after David Fincher was sacked and I’m sure he’s
responsible for what actually worked there.
- POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU – May 3, RealD3D. Based
on the spinoff game in the insanely popular POKEMON franchise, this was an
interesting choice for their first live-action film, but the inspired move of
casting Ryan Reynolds elevates what could have been an expensive flop to a
potential megahit. The real-life Pokemon come really close to the uncanny
valley but they look pretty impressive considering it seemed to be an
impossible task. Reviews are mixed, but the fans are happy.
- BRIGHTBURN – May 24. What if young Superman was
evil? It’s a loaded question, and James Gunn’s crew is here to answer it in
style. Gunn’s name is all over it, but he’s producing, with his brother and
cousin writing and his buddy David Yarovesky directing. Looks like a winner.
- BOOKSMART – May 24. Olivia Wilde directs this
tale of two nerds who regret their academic-oriented life choices and want to
just let loose on their last days of high school. It’s being pushed as SUPERBAD
with girls, but it’s a lot more than that. Early reviews are fantastic.
- LONG SHOT – May 3. Continuing his work as Guy
Who’s Dating Women Out Of His League, Seth Rogen plays a writer who ends up
working for his high school crush (Charlize Theron), who happens to be the
current Secretary of State and is running for President. Director Jonathan
Levine made 50/50 and THE NIGHT BEFORE with Rogen, and reviews for this are
pretty solid if you’re looking for date night material.
- MA – May 31. Octavia Spencer kills at drama and
comedy, so why not play the heavy in a horror movie and do some REAL killing?
She reunites with the director of THE HELP to play a cool party-enabling adult
for wayward teens, only to get waaaaay too involved in their lives. Should
catch some GET OUT/ US heat and be a big hit.
- ALADDIN – May 24, RealD3D, IMAX. Disney’s live-action
remake assault continues, this time with Guy Ritchie behind the camera to work
his magic, though given his recent output that magic might be spent. Frankly I’m
not expecting much, but at least they didn’t whitewash the cast.
- THE INTRUDER – May 3. Dennis Quaid plays a
homeowner who just can’t let go when he sells his house. Mostly bad reviews,
but with lowered expectations it’ll make a fun evening on Netflix down the
- POMS – May 10. Diane Keaton gets a group of
retirees to put together a cheerleading squad. It basically writes itself, but
it’s nice to see her have fun in an ensemble with Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver and
Rhea Perlman. It’s a mom movie, be nice.
- TOLKIEN- May 10. A biopic on J.R.R. himself,
focusing on his wartime years which inspired him to write that thing he did. Nicholas
Hoult seems to be a strong choice, but the film seems a bit dry. They really
want to ride LOTR’s coattails to the point where they can’t let the film stand
on its own.
- THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – May 17. Romance time! A
young woman falls in love just as she’s about to leave the US with her family.
It’s nice to see some representation on the big screen, here it’s a Jamaican-Korean
connection, but it’s just another love-will-conquer-everything story. Which is
fine. It definitely looks pretty, I’ll give it that, and it’s nice that it’s
got a female writer and director.
- THE HUSTLE – May 10. Remaking DIRTY ROTTEN
SCOUNDRELS with women seems like a pretty good idea, but the execution here
seems lackluster. Plus, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson ain’t Michael Caine and
- UGLYDOLLS – May 3. Sure, let’s make a musical
animated film about a moderately successful toy franchise where the real story
is how everyone is special in their own way. Perfect dolls are perfect, other
dolls are ugly but they can sing real good so they compete with the perfect
dolls in a… you know what, it doesn’t matter. If you love Kelly Clarkson, see
this film. Otherwise skip it.
- A DOG’S JOURNEY – May 17. Did you know that dogs
are like people and have souls that get reincarnated so they can help you through
your whole life even though they’re different dogs? It’s true! I saw it in a
movie! And now there’s a sequel that’s literally the same movie! Plus they show
the whole movie in the trailer so you don’t have to see it in the theatre! What
a time saver!
So I’m betting there are several films there you hadn’t
heard of until now! I had the same revelation making this list. It’s a real
journey! I think we learned a lot this month. So, see AVENGERS: ENDGAME in IMAX
(2D, check your local listings). And the join me in seeing GODZILLA several
times over. Because hhhhngh.