Yes, summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but the folks in Hollywood like to start things off early, so the summer blockbusters season is officially beginning.
Last year, movies like Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Transformers, Ocean’s 13 (and many others) took a lot of people to the movies, with total ticket sales amounting to almost $10 billion. This year, the grand total may not be that much, but with a little help from the following movies, it’s likely to come close.
Here are the blockbusters you should watch out for, starting this week:
Speed Racer (May 9)
The cartoon series Speed Racer was a very successful adaptation of a Japanese anime originally called Mach GoGoGo. Still, I wouldn’t make a movie out of it, but the Wachowski brothers thought it was a good idea. I really liked watching the show when I was a kid (seriously, how gay am I?), so I’m curious as to how they’re going to adapt it. I’m also curious to see Trixie (Speed’s girlfriend), played by Christina Ricci. Go Speed Racer, go!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22)
Indiana Jones (and Harrison Ford) is finally back for the fourth film in the series. No, Indy doesn’t have a cane yet, but we’ll meet an older version of the character, obviously. However, the character I’m most looking forward to meeting (as are you, probably) is Agent Irina Spalko, the evildoer played by the lovely Cate Blanchett. Actually, she’ll play a Soviet Union agent. How hot is that? Yeah, not much, I guess. But not so bad either, in a sexy dominatrix kind of way (see the pictures and you’ll know what I mean.) They can certainly count on my 10 bucks!
Sex and the City (May 30)
The fabulous foursome is back for another round of cosmopolitans, four years after the series’ finale. After much back and forth, the all four actors finally agreed to make the movie, in spite of those pesky rumors about Kim Cattrall‘s unwillingness. Whatever happened, I’m glad they decided to make the movie, because I really missed Samantha’s craziness, Miranda’s sarcasm, Charlotte’s cuteness and Carrie’s annoyingness.
Kung Fu Panda (June 6)
This movie is based on a true story about a panda who worships Jackie Chan. OK, maybe not. It’s about a panda who learns martial arts for … well, fighting, I suppose. (And Jackie Chan really is in the movie!) There are other animated movies coming out this summer, like Wall-e, but I’ll put my money on this one. And why? you ask. Well, because Angelina Jolie is in it. Yes, I do realize it’s an animated movie! But she’s playing a character called “Master Tigress.” Isn’t that, um, promising? Oh, whatever. Don’t judge me. (Lucy Liu is also in the movie, playing someone called "Master Viper." Just as promising!)
Get Smart (June 20)
Get Smart was a fantastic ’60s TV show with super secret agents Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. It was funny as hell and had an catchy theme song. If they keep those things in the movie, nothing can go wrong. Also, Anne Hathaway and Steve Carrell? Great choices.
Wanted (June 27)
Angelina Jolie and big guns. I’m there! Sure, it’s a bit déjà vu, but what’s not to like? Honestly, it’s hard to get more entertaining than that, but the producers really wanted (no pun intended) to please the audience. So what did they do? Well, duh, they hired our very own Bridget McManus (Bridget worked as an assistant on the film)! There were also some talks for a special appearance by Baby Bridget, but the deal fell through. (Word on the street was that Jill Bennett didn’t want Baby B. hanging out with Angelina.)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (July 25)
Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back, and they want to believe. Well, maybe just Mulder. It’s amazing how Scully saw the freakiest things in the world but, in the next episode, she was just as skeptical as ever! Anyway, I’m looking forward to this movie and to seeing Scully in her power suits, obviously. But how about a Scully/Monica Reyes reunion? Reyes would kick Mulder’s ass in no time.
Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?