Summer Blockbuster Preview

Inevitably some new releases will be hits and others flops. Photo Courtesy: Patrick DB
Inevitably some new releases will be hits and others flops. Photo Courtesy: Patrick DB

By Connor Risenhoover

With the Avengers: Age of Ultron now in theaters, the summer blockbusters have now begun. This summer has one of the most anticipated lineups of films slated to release.

Here is a preview of some of the most interesting films coming out in the summer of 2015.

May 22: Tomorrowland
This sci-fi action, adventure movie comes from the team at Disney. Based off of the longtime Disneyworld attraction of the same name, Tomorrowland stars George Clooney and is directed by Brad Bird. Bird has successfully directed in both animation and live action with The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol respectively. With such a reputation for both the director and the studio, this film has a real chance to be a hit. Whether it will be as big as the other park attraction turned movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, remains to be seen.

June 12: Jurassic World
Chris Pratt training velociraptors and a dinosaur bigger than a T-Rex, is there any other way to sell this movie? Jurassic World continues after the events of Jurassic Park in a world that somehow believes a dinosaur theme park is still a good idea. This time, however, they have genetically engineered a dinosaur larger than a T-Rex. According to the trailer, the dinos are larger, scarier, and more entertaining to park goers. A similar story, dinosaurs get loose and it is up to the humans to drive the dinos back to extinction. This movie looks like an entertaining one to turn your brain off and enjoy some good old-fashioned dinosaur hunting.

July 17: Ant-Man
There is a certain sense of train wreck to Marvel’s Ant Man. After losing director Edgar Wright early in production, the film seemed to be dead in the water. Lackluster early marketing put Ant Man behind the curve in terms of public excitement. Paul Rudd and Marvel Studios are attached to the project and are the saving grace for an otherwise on the bubble superhero film. Rudd and Marvel have their work cut out for them to make this film a winner. Marvel must hope its pedigree is enough to bring viewers or it could have its first stumble in its cinematic universe.

July 24: Pixels
Adam Sandler and Kevin James are back (sorry). This time the material looks less like two men trying to relive their glory years. It pits the two along with mullet-clad Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad against a host of aliens terrorizing earth in the form of 80’s videogame characters. Complete with Pac-man, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders, the aliens attempt to leave earth in pixely ruins. This movie looks like dumb fun and that will be its saving grace. It appears to not take itself seriously and that’s why it will have a chance to be a hit with audiences wanting to see if Pac-Man can swallow Kevin James whole.

August 7: Fantastic Four
In a summer of two Marvel releases, Fantastic Four has been nearly lost in the shuffle. Disconnected from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Fantastic Four must present a standalone universe that will keep audiences engaged and wanting more. With a darker tone than its predecessors, Fantastic Four has an uphill battle to compete with Disney’s more high profile movies. Still, superhero films are big money right now and if Fantastic Four can capture part of that audience, the Fox studios could have a bona fide blockbuster on its hands.

There are numerous other films coming out this summer that were not mentioned. Do yourself a favor this summer and go enjoy any of these excellent movies.