Social Underground’s Summer 2016 Movie Preview — Second Half
The second half of Summer 2016 looks like it will be filled with more sequels and reboots. 2015 had its share of blockbusters from beginning to end, but this will only cover the Summer — the time where people want to get away from the things happening in their own lives so that they can pay $15 to sit next to a whiny family talk behind you as their kids eats a garbage bag full of popcorn that could feed a village.
The second half of Summer looks like it will be full of movies that will have you want to hit up the theaters just about every weekend, but it also looks like it will have a few movies that might question the sanity of studio heads willing to throw millions of dollars at a script that was probably written with a crayon — looking at you, Ghostbusters.
FRIDAY, JULY 1 — The Legend of Tarzan
Premise: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.
As much as I love her, I think there is becoming a trend of using Margot Robbie in every other movie coming out this year as well as last year. Besides that, I don’t really see the audience for this movie. You got the hot dude from True Blood, Samuel L. Jackson, and a bunch of other actors you’ll recognize, but it’s based on a story for kids. This looks like a story for a more mature audience. It may even be directed towards the Magic Mike demographic, but then it could go back to being a kids movie. I don’t know. I’m not sure this is a movie that should be released in the middle of the Summer and expect a big return on investment. Maybe a more holiday season near the end would be a better release for this movie?
That being said, the special effects in this look flawless. The Gorilla effects in this make the ones in the new Planet of the Apes franchise look like crap in comparison. This could be one of those really good movie adaptations that flies under the radar.
FRIDAY, JULY 1 — The BFG
Premise: A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.
I loved the book, I loved the animated movie, and I will probably love this one. Steven Spielberg directing a movie a kids again makes me hope that we’ll get another E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. What’s good about the trailer is that if you’ve never heard of the original tale, you only have a vague idea of what is going on. It’s doesn’t show you everything in the movie to the point where you’ve seen the giant, you’ve seen the all magical elements, and can probably piece the film together from there, which is fantastic. The BFG looks like it will have something around every corner.
FRIDAY, JULY 15 — Ghostbusters
Premise: 30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.
As we’ve said in our trailer review, this movie looks like complete hamster sh*t. Again, it’s not about the cast being all female (which led to a Men’s Right Activist Hellstorm on Reddit), it’s about the film looking bad, the dialogue being forced, the jokes being bad, the special effects looking worse than a movie that’s 32 years old, and pretty much everything else. If you’re planning on seeing this movie when it comes out, just watch the original Ghostbusters. There’s no need to go see this unless you want to walk out when it ends and say, “We should’ve just watch the original again.”
FRIDAY, JULY 22 — Star Trek Beyond
Premise: The USS Enterprise crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), has been attacked by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, leaving the crew stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy, while finding a way to get off the planet.
This trailer was really overshadowed when it came out (Star Wars was all over the place). It also wasn’t a very good trailer at all. Even writer/director Simon Pegg said that the trailer was pretty bad. It played loud music and showed nothing but action the entire time. At least when I get teased for a movie, I have somewhat of an idea about what I will see. I don’t want a Michael Bay Star Trek film. The premise gives you a bit of an idea of what it’s about, but the trailer is a question mark. Even the early teaser for Inception hinted that you were in a dream world. This will definitely make money, so no worries about that, but considering how bad the last movie was, we should all go in with the bar set lower.
FRIDAY, JULY 22 — Ice Age: Collison Course
Premise: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters as well as a new enemy who is a brother to one of their old foes.
Yeah, I’ve only seen the first one, so I have no idea what to tell you here. I know that Scrat is that squirrel that chases the acorn around in every movie, but now he goes to space, and that he’s going to space while chasing an acorn could mean doom for the planet? Uh ok. It’s a kids movie, so at least kids will probably love it. They’ve made 5 of these things, so they have to be doing something right. Right? I don’t know.
FRIDAY, JULY 29 — Jason Bourne
Premise: The story once again revolves around Jason Bourne, who has mysteriously resurfaced.
Now this is what I’m talking about when you make a trailer: Jason Bourne is back, he is kicking ass, that Moby song plays, and everyone in the movie is all, “Oh sh*t! Bourne?!” I don’t know what the movie is about other than there has to be a reason Bourne has come back after 10 years to beat people up, talk to people on the phone, chase scenes, explosions, and maybe Bourne actually getting some action.Perfect teaser that gives me just enough to be interested.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 — Suicide Squad
Premise: A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprising super villains, the “Suicide Squad”. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.
We’ve been over Suicide Squad quite a bit here at Social Underground. It’s nice that DC is coming out with this movie shortly after Batman v Superman because it opens up the world a lot more. Not only does it show a load of bad guys having to do good, but it also introduces a new version of the Joker. As with Heath Ledger, everyone scoffed when they heard he was going to be in The Dark Knight, but then they heard his voice on the trailer and shut their mouth. Same happened with Jared Leto. After the release of the first trailer for Suicide Squad, everyone shut up and got onboard. Margot Robbie is also in it. You already knew that, but I just wanted to point that out since I want to bring this article full-circle.
This film is a definite must-see in August. I’m sure DC is hoping to kick off its universe in 2016 with a bang to leave the audience wanting more. Let’s hope they pull it off.
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