Here are some of the biggest and most noteworthy upcoming movies I am looking forward to in the summer of 2017.
Now I know what you’re thinking. What is considered a summer movie season? Does Fast & Furious 8 count even if it was released in April despite feeling like a summer movie? Or do I go by the meteorological criteria? In which case the summer of 2017 starts on 21st of June and ends on the 22nd of September.
Neither. When it comes to movies, the summer season starts in May and ends in August and as such, here are the biggest and most noteworthy movies I am looking forward to in the summer of 2017 in order of their release.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. (IMDb)
The first Guardians of the Galaxy is my favourite Marvel standalone movie so I’m not exaggerating when I say I am super excited for the next one. The first one was adventurous, exciting, colourful, had great music and had great heart with really likeable characters. All the trailers so far seem to follow the same pattern so this should be a lot of fun on the big screen.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out on 28th April. I know this goes against the summer dates criteria but this one gets a pass because it comes out on 5th May in the majority of the world.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. (IMDb)
It’s the well-known story with a twist. The twist being that it is directed by the same guy who did Snatch, Lock Stop and Two Smoking Barrels and the Sherlock Holmes movies. Yes, a King Arthur movie directed by Guy Ritchie sounds exactly as crazy as you think. Then you throw giant animal battles into the mix and you got me. I am excited for this for the sheer madness of it all.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword comes out on the 12th of May in the USA and 19th May in the UK.
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. (IMDb)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had been on quite a roll recently. Pretty much everything he’s been doing since 2015 has been varying degrees of entertaining. This also seems to be going down the same route as the 21/22 Jump Street movies where an old property is taken and turned into an action comedy and it works. But most of all, Baywatch has Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Priyanka Chopra. Those are more than enough reasons to get me interested in absolutely anything.
Baywatch comes out on 25th May in the USA and 29th May in the UK.
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (IMDb)
Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on about the success of the DC movie universe so far, Wonder Woman has a chance to stand apart due to its setting of World War I. As such, the movie isn’t constrained by everything else happening in the other movies. Which makes me so much more excited for this movie and allows me to get hyped by all the trailers…yeah, the trailers have been fantastic for me.
Wonder Woman comes out on 2nd June worldwide.
An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. (IMDb)
This looks pretty good to me. I like that the filmmakers are taking a more serious approach to this mythos. Sofia Boutella looks pretty badass as the mummy princess. We all remember her as the blade leg lady from Kingsman and she was awesome! I’m really looking forward to her performance now that there is a lot more focus on her character. Tom Cruise looks good too…just like he always does running through an action movie. For me, the best thing about this trailer is how low-key Tom Cruise’s character seems. It’s really nice to see that a big name like that doesn’t demand to take over all the marketing. The connection between the mummy princess and Tom Cruise’s character seems really interesting too….she is wrecking shit all over the place but keeps him alive for some reason. Maybe his character is much more than a mere human…?
The Mummy comes out on 9th June worldwide.
All Eyez on Me
The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (IMDb)
Just watch the trailer. There is absolutely nothing I can say that is more or better than the feels this trailer gives you. I just hope that we not only get to see the extraordinary man that he was but also his shortcomings. That being said, Demetrius Shipp Jr. is absolutely spot on as Tupac Shakur.
All Eyez on Me comes out 15th June here in the UK and 16th June in the USA.
Despicable Me 3
Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination. (Google)
The first one was great! The second was also almost as great. So by now, we know that the studio knows how to make the Despicable Me movies entertaining. And if you’ve known me for any stretch of time then you know I’m a big fan of animated movies.
Despicable Me 3 comes out on 25th June in the UK and 30th June in the USA.
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. (IMDb)
The trailers have done a great job of conveying the upbeat fun you generally expect from an Edgar Wright movie. Aside from that, look at that cast!! When you have Kevin Spacey, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx, John Bernthal and Lily James in a movie, how can you not be excited? On top of that, this movie has been getting rave reviews from all the festivals it has played at and currently stands at 100% on rotten tomatoes with 22 critics reviews.
Baby Driver open on 28th June in both the UK and the USA.
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man. (IMDb)
He had a show-stealing performance in Captain America: Civil War which has had me excited about the standalone movie. I really like the young Peter Parker from high school vibe that’s going on. I have a soft spot for coming of age movies and Spider-Man: Homecoming seems like a good cross between a coming of age movie and a superhero movie. Sure, that trailer was a little too long and revealed a little too much but that doesn’t bother me all that much. I just know I’m going to enjoy the spectacle on the big screen.
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out on 7th July worldwide.
War for the Planet of the Apes
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. (IMDb)
If this movie hits, the modern Planet of the Apes trilogy will be one of the most critically acclaimed of all time. Unlike most franchises, the sequel was far and away superior to the first. These stories are always quality and the motion capture and CGI is far and away the best in the business. I talked about this during my trailer breakdown too…I find it really interesting that the so-called antagonist of the story isn’t necessarily evil but just looking out for his own. Once again, this has the making of one of the greatest sci-fi trilogies of all time.
War for the Planet of the Apes comes out on 14th July worldwide.
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (IMDb)
This is an odd one for me. On the one hand, the talent alone should be enough to interest everyone. We’ve got the best British actors working today in Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh and James D’Arcy being directed by one of the best working directors today in Christopher Nolan. For me, Christopher Nolan hasn’t had any missteps in his career so far. I also really like the tension, grit and the visual tone that comes across through the trailer.
But on the other hand, this does not feel like a summer blockbuster as we traditionally tend to expect during the summer months. Maybe this will be a little break away from the other popcorn movies. Dunkirk does not lack in scope of the story (I am completely ignorant about the history of this particular story) and the cinematography is epic.
Dunkirk comes out on 21st July worldwide.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (IMDb)
I know nothing of the original source material of this property and therefore I have no preconceived expectations from this movie. Having said that, I am really intrigued by this trailer. The world building looks epic and everything looks stunning; we all know Luc Besson knows a thing or two about bringing a bright and diverse world to life (The Fifth Element). Sure some of the acting looks a little dodgy and some of the jokes didn’t land for me but I saw enough to keep me interested. It could be a new sci-fi franchise that we all love or it could be a giant expensive mess.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes out on 21st July in the USA and 4th August in the UK.
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. (IMDb)
Charlize Theron as a total badass started with Hancock and was perfectly on show in Mad Max: Fury Road. This looks like it is on a whole other level. She is just an outright action star like Keanu Reeves in the John Wick movies. Which makes sense because Atomic Blonde is directed by one of the guys behind John Wick. You can see that the action will be really precise, intentional and impactful. I am not too worried about the story; from what I can tell there is a revenge story and some intelligence that needs recovering. As long as it is told in an entertaining manner, I’ll be happy. Before we watched John Wick, we didn’t have many expectations. Due to the similarities between these two, I’m just hoping that Atomic Blonde hits the same way John Wick did.
Atomic Blonde opens on 11th August in the UK and on 28th July in the USA.
That’s all ladies and gents. This summer is shaping up to be a big one for movies. I know there are a few names that I wish I could add to this list that aren’t on here. The Dark Tower, for example, should have been on this list but as things stand it is highly unlikely we will get to see it this summer.
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