Welcome back to the Monthly Media Round-Up for the month of May and it’s officially the summer movie season! We have had more than a handful of box-office successes already this year, such as Logan, Beauty and the Beast, and Fate of the Furious. However, since Star Wars was released in 1977, the summertime has been designated as the blockbuster season. In fact, it has become such prime time to release tentpole movies, many movies have sought refuge during other seasons. However, one thing still holds true. The month of May is a good time at the movie theater and we are here to show you exactly why.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell, Dave Bautista, Sean Gunn
Director: James Gunn
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
I’ve waited over two years for this one and got the opportunity to check it out last month. (Read the review here.) It’s not a perfect film, but its one most Marvel fans will want to at least check out. It’s also the perfect type of popcorn film to kick start the movie season and our monthly Media Round Up!
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana
Director: Guy Ritchie
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
We are long overdue for a King Arthur movie that utilizes all the advantages of modern filmmaking. However, it seems that Hollywod can’t find the right way to adapt the material, while Ritchie directing the upcoming movie always seemed to be an incongruous fit. Expectations for King Arthur are universally low and that should work to the movie’s advantage, however there’s only one good way to find out if its a hit or a dud.
Stars: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni
Director: Jonathan Levine
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
Amy Schumer is in the midst of experiencing the ups and downs of Hollywood, so its unclear if she will be able to repeat the surprise success of Trainwreck. However, if you are a person of a certain age, the novelty of seeing Goldie Hawn on-screen once again may be too intriguing to pass up. Her hubby Kurt Russell in the middle of a resurgence in the Fast and Furious and in this month’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, so surely Hawn is hoping for a second wind. Comedies with female leads have proven to be box-office gold in recent times, whether its The Heat or Bridesmaids, so there is hope for the movie despite all that it has working against it.
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollet, Noomi Rapace, James Franco
Director: Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with “Alien: Covenant,” a new chapter in his groundbreaking “Alien” franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
As a lifelong Alien fan it really doesn’t get much better than this. Prometheus was an interesting return, but getting the chance to watch Ridley Scott course-correct the franchise that went awry years ago is too good to be true. Even if the reboot fails, it’s a low risk investment for the studio and audience. Scott is in the twilight of his career so there will always be a chance to start anew once again in the near future. If it’s a hit, Scott has mapped out multiple sequels which will lead the story directly into his 1979 classic, Alien.
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Hannibal Buress, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson
Director: Seth Gordon
“Baywatch” follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Whether you like it or not, at one time Baywatch was the most viewed show in the world. So it was only a matter of time before it hit the big-screen. This looks like kind of a mess, but there aren’t any clear cut comedy stand outs and the hope is that this movie is able to capture the same type of magic that 21 Jump Street did. The Rock rarely fails and Baywatch has the opportunity to be the comedy hit of the season.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney, David Wenham, Keira Knightley
Directors: Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Benton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifull small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced.
I’ve never been able to connect with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and this doesn’t look like the installment that will change my sails. It’s a huge spectacle movie opening late this month, that is making a surprisingly quiet return. Every time one of these movies are released they gross a billion dollars worldwide, so it will be interesting to see if the ship has truly sailed on the franchise and Captain Jack Sparrow.