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Tside Summer Blockbuster Film Guide

The summer blockbuster season is fast approaching and with so many major movies in development, it’s almost an impossible task to keep track with them all. So we here at Tside are giving you a comprehensive guide to the summer’s must see flicks.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

One of the biggest surprises in recent history, the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie surpassed expectations for even the most devout Marvel fanatic. Director James Gunn brought heart and emotion to a film whilst also masterfully weaving in the incredible soundtrack.

With all five Guardians now house-hold names I think it is safe to assume that Volume 2 will be an overriding success.

With Marvel approaching the end of their multi-film and multi-year Infinity Gauntlet storyline every movie they release isbound to give hints to the future of the universe.

 

 

Alien: Covenant

The next instalment in the Alien franchise sees Ridley Scott trying to  steer the franchise back on track. The previous film in the franchise Prometheous (2012) wasn’t unanimously loved, many felt like it tarnished the loved Alien films.

Despite mixed reviews I really enjoyed Prometheous and have always been a fan of Alien and Aliens and this film looks like a return to the original film with a lot of horror aspects and I have trust in Ridley Scott to deliver.

Regardless of how good Prometheous is, one thing that cannot be denied with both Alien films and Ridley Scott projects in general is how beautiful the cinematography is, his films are gorgeous to look at and from the trailer for Alien: Covenant it looks like more of the same.

 

Spider-Man Homecoming

Third times a charm right? Tom Holland will be the third actor to portray Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 16 years. First Tobey Maguire and secondly Andrew Garfield.

But from Holland’s performance in Captain America: Civil War It looks like he is going to be able to surpass the performances from both Maguire and Garfield.

The Spider-Man character has been in some very good movies. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 are in my opinion two of the greatest and most entertaining comic movies ever.

Even though many love the portrayals from Maguire and Garfield it is widely agreed that neither were able to nail down all aspects of the character.

Each actor I believed only nailed one part: Tobey was a good Peter Parker, Andrew was a good Spider-Man, but after watching Captain America: Civil War I believe Marvel have found the best actor to play Spidey which is Tom Holland who I watched put a good performance in the film The Impossible alongside Ewan McGregor.

There have only been a few villains portrayed on screen: Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Venom, Electro. In Homecoming we are going to be getting a brand new character we have not seen on screen. Vulture.

It also has Michael Keaton playing another Birdman this time the Vulture who is a new villain we have not seen on the big screen yet and I always enjoy seeing a new villain.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

The reboot of one of the most legendary series in film history has received critical acclaim and has even prompted conversations about the main actor Andy Serkis being nominated for an Academy Award.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) were complete shocks to fans, no one expected the films to as filled with emotion and heart as they were. The series of films are all very different to the originals. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a very slow film in terms of pace and doesn’t have many moments of action and awe, however the building in terms of relationships and story that film and its sequel did laid the ground work for the film to end the trilogy.

 

 

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan is one of, if not the best director alive. Certainly the most popular.

Momento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar.

There is not a film on that list that is below average.

One Direction member Harry Styles will be making his acting debut and he will be looking to prove all his critics wrong. If he was able to impress Christopher Nolan enough to get a spot in his multi-million dollar film then he must have some on-screen talent.

I think the general consensus regarding Styles is that we hope he proves everyone wrong and that he shows the world his acting chops.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean

Headlined by Captain Jack Sparrow himself this summer will see the release of the much anticipated fifth instalment in the Pirates franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

First debuting in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl many fans have soured on the multi-billion dollar franchise hoping that the beloved series returns to the heights of the first instalment.

At this point his role as Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the most iconic roles in film history. Johnny Depp will return to his role, however he will be joined with an array of new co-stars, most notable Jaiver Bardem, who will be known most for his scarily good performance as Raoul Silva in Skyfall (2012). Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario will look to bring youth and new blood into this aging franchise.

 

Transformers: The Last Knight

Perhaps the most controversial and contentious film series in the last decade. Some people hold the franchise near and dear to their heart, however there are just as many people who critique everything about this franchise.

The Transformers franchise have gone through some changes since its big screen debut in 2007.  Shia LaBeouf has been replaced by Mark Walhberg, Megan Fox has been replaced by Isabela Moner, but the one thing that remains consistent throughout is notorious director Michael Bay behind the camera.

Despite the rather negative opinions by the critics on the franchise film goers come out in droves for this summer blockbuster and is consistently breaking box office records with every instalment.

 

Wonder Woman

A lot of pressure comes with being the first female led superhero movie in history and by the looks of the trailers Wonder Woman looks like it could be DCs ace in the hole.

Warners Bros and DC have had a torrid time with their superhero universe so far. Batman vs Superman was considered a let down by both fans and critics and Suicide Squad fared even worse, however the one shining light in Batman Vs Superman for many was Gal Gadots Wonder Woman.

Set in the early 20th century, the Amazonian princess Diana will be exposed to the world during one of its darkest chapters, World War 1.

The casting of Gal Gadot received some heavy criticism with people saying she’s not qualified to be the lead of a multi-million dollar film, her only previous acting experience comes in the form of minor role in the Fast and Furious franchise.

 

The Mummy

Long gone are the days Brendan Fraser headlining a Mummy film, the new era is being led by the illustrious quintessential action movie star Tom Cruise.

The Mummy (1999) and its successor The Mummy Returns (2001) are two films that are always in the conversation when talking about two of the most underrated films of the last two decades and this reboot looks to be taking it to a completely different level with the addition of Tom Cruise.

This new take on The Mummy sees the tomb of long dead Egyptian queen discovered and reopened for her to wreak havoc and release the anger she’s been holding in for two thousand years.

 

Cars 3

There aren’t many movie studios that can produce hit after hit. Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Up, Finding Nemo, WALL-E and Inside Out are children of Pixar who are looking to add the third instalment of the Cars franchise to this illustrious list.

Although Pixar have hit many homeruns there have been a few duds, unfortunately for them Cars and Cars 2 are on the list of duds.

Although not loved by their adult base the Cars franchise is one Pixar’s best sellers in terms of merchandise due to the number of children that love those characters.

After making is way to the top of the racing world Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) has started to lose his touch, losing in every race to newcomer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and suffering a crash in his latest race do nothing to quieten the rumours of McQueens potential retirement.

 

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