Although we’re just a few weeks into spring, I’m already looking forward to summer. Because summer brings summer movies. And there’s three summer films I’m excited about as well as one I have mixed emotions about.
Let’s start with the films I’m looking forward to…
In June, its the fourth installment of the Transformers series. This one is called Age of Extinction. Shia Lebouf, who was the prime human in the three previous iterations, is not in this fourth one. Mark Wahlberg is now the human the Transformers interact with.
I’ll admit that when the first Transformers film came out, I didn’t rush to see it. But when it came to the second run $3 theater, and there was nothing else there I wanted to see, I decided to check it out. And I liked it.
Unlike some other films, such as some of the Batman ones, the contrast between “good” and “bad” is very stark in Transformers. Plus, I do have an affinity for the large scale mayhem the Transformers films feature. The Transformers series is definitely the… “heavy metal” 😉 … of action films.
Here’s the trailer for the next one:
In July, it’s the second installment of the “new” Planet of the Apes, titled “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” I wasn’t too fond of the “original” series (and I saw them all on TV). But Rise of the Planet of the Apes was well done, I thought. Now, folks were cheering for the apes. Let’s see who we cheer for in this next chapter.
Here’s the trailer:
And finally, in August, is a film I didn’t think would happen even though the original is one of my favorites. Sin City returns with Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba return along with some fresh faces: Josh Broslin and…Lady Gaga.
Here’s the trailer:
Since the first Kill Bill is one of my favorite films, you’ll understand why this scene is one of my favorites from the original Sin City:
A film I’ll probably see but which I have mixed emotions about is Jersey Boys, the screen adaptation of the very successful stage production by the same name. Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from an insider’s view – the band members themselves narrate. (If you’re under 50, you may not be familiar with the band, which had 29 Top 40 hits back in the ’60’s.)
Many folks say that a film adapted from a book cannot do it justice, which is true because they are different mediums. Similarly, films and stage productions are different types of performances.
My experience has been that, with musicals, I prefer stage productions to films regardless of which came first. I’ve seen stage productions of both Mama Mia and Phantom in Vegas and preferred them to the film versions. I suspect I’ll have the same opinion about the film version of Jersey Boys (which I also saw in Vegas), which is directed by Clint Eastwood.
Here’s the film trailer:
Here’s a trailer for the Las Vegas stage production:
And here are Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performing a medley of their hits:
Summer? Bring it on!