Movie Talk,  Previews

Summer 2024 Movie Preview

It was actually difficult coming up with 6 “top picks” for this summer! I was stuck on 5 for a while, until I was reminded about Dragonkeeper. I thought I was going to have to go with the re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which is back in theaters to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its initial release. (For those now feeling ancient, there is room here on my “old people” bench, so feel free to join me.) There are a few other “maybes” on the list (keep reading), but nothing else I have a real burning desire to see. Looks like it will be a fairly quiet summer for us at the theater, which makes me sad, though this is probably a lot better for my knee situation. The good news is that there are at least 7 films already on my radar for September through December (but you’ll have to wait until August-ish for those recommendations). All films are theatrical releases unless otherwise noted.

The Must See Picks

  • The Fall Guy (May 2) – Ever since I saw the first preview for this movie, I’ve had one single prayer: “please be good, please be good, please be good!” It has so much potential, and I’m not asking for Shakespeare or the next Godfather movie; I just want it to be some good old-fashioned summer blockbuster fun. I don’t love Ryan Gosling (but I certainly don’t dislike him!), we really like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and I absolutely *adore* Emily Blunt. She is the only actress I can think of that I will see a movie simply because she is in it. (There are a few (male) actors that have that distinction, but she is the only woman.) So… please be good, please be good, please be good….
  • Dragonkeeper (May 3) – This movie very much snuck up on me. I had seen a few vague things about it quite a while back, then nothing for a long time, and then suddenly it was out! The story sounds interesting, and the brief visuals I’ve seen in the previews look amazing. Pretty stellar English-speaking voice cast as well. (The film is a joint Spanish-Chinese production, and the original voice work is in Spanish.)
  • Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (May 10) – We’ve seen all three of the immediate predecessors for this movie, and it’s possible we’re the only people in the world who actually like them all. (Not love, but like.) In fact, we saw the last one as a triple feature with all 3 films at the movie theater. (I really miss our movie theater doing that! Hasn’t happened in this post-COVID world.) They’re quite different from each other in both tone and focus (what is the point/where are we heading). It actually feels like we’re about to “catch up” to the original 1968 film. Part of me can’t help but wonder if we’ll see a spacecraft crash landing at the end of this movie! I guess we’ll see. But I would like to point out how frustrating it is that no channel is carrying all 3 previous films; they’re scattered across various streaming platforms. Sure does make it hard to “catch up” if anyone is interested in doing so.
  • Inside Out 2 (June 14) – Riley is growing up! Her life is getting more complicated, and so are her emotions!! We all liked the first movie, though I didn’t love it. It’s still sweet and fun (mostly), and I hope they’re able to keep up the classic (if not typical of late) Pixar quality in this movie.
  • A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28) – Absolutely LOVED the first movie!!! (Emily Blunt, remember?) And I was *incredibly* disappointed in the second movie. After the first film being so smart, I hated that they chose to move the plot forward in the second film by the characters suddenly being stupid. I don’t really know what to think about this movie. I know they’re largely keeping things out of the media. I hope that is in the film’s favor to maintain the surprise/suspense and not because there isn’t anything worth showing.
  • Twisters (July 19) – There is no doubt that we WILL see it in the theater. However, given that the first film is one of my favorite disaster movies, and it’s been so long since the first with no overlap in cast (and particularly sadly, no Dusty; RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman), I’m having a hard time being hopeful. But I’d sure love to be wrong!

The Maybe List

  • IF (May 17) – Y’all know that I have some issues with Ryan Reynolds. I don’t hate him, but I don’t love him like so many do. He can definitely be “too much” for me at times (though I particularly enjoy Free Guy and have seen it several times). I love the “story behind the story” here, that writer and director John Krasinski (yes, of A Quiet Place) based the story on his daughter’s imaginary friend (I.F., get it?). The voice cast is truly outstanding, and I do genuinely hope the movie turns out well.
  • Back to Black (May 17) – Biopic of Amy Winehouse. I honestly don’t know much about her, so I do hope this is good and at least reasonably accurate.
  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (May 24) – This movie looks outrageous and absurd enough to actually pique our interest in both this film and the previous one (Mad Max: Fury Road). I have to admit, I don’t see Anya Taylor-Joy growing up to be Charlize Theron in terms of physical appearance, but I certainly see similarities in their spirit, both personally and professionally.
  • Bad Boys 4 (June 7) – The only reason this movie made the “maybe” list is because it was filmed at least party (and I suspect largely) here in Atlanta. How do I know? Because we got fliers in our mailbox quite a while back saying that we should NOT call 911 if we hear gunfire and/or see explosions near OR ON the bridges of Spaghetti Junction, which is less than 1/2 a mile from my house. If there weren’t trees in the way, I could easily see it from my back porch! So I’m pretty curious to see how it looks in the movie. Not sure we’ll make it to the theater for that, though.
  • The Bikeriders (June 21) – This is not typically my kind of movie, so I’m not sure that we’ll see it. But it looks incredibly interesting, and the cast is outstanding. I especially appreciate that the movie posters use that 1960s/70s “biker film” aesthetic, similar in style to Easy Rider and the like.
  • Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (July 3, Streaming) – This is another one of those movies that is a sequel to a move from a *long* time ago, so it’s hard to think that they’ll be able to recapture the magic. It does happen occasionally, and I wish them well, but the fact that this looks like it will be streaming only (on Netflix) with no theatrical release at all does not bode well.

Honorable Mention

Deadpool & Wolverine (July 26) – Given what a big deal this movie is (on multiple levels), I really felt like I needed to mention it, even though anyone who might even think about going to see it is surely aware of it by now. I’ve been told by multiple people I trust that Deadpool is probably not for me, that I would really like parts of it and definitely NOT like others. Husband and child will probably see it, though. I am hearing that if you’ve seen the Deadpool movies but not the X-Men movies, then you probably need to at least see X-Men: Days of Future Past to go along with it. I will say that Days of Future Past is truly – no exaggeration – one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. No qualifiers; not the best super hero movie or the best action movie, but a spectacular movie (of any kind), period, full stop. You may also want to check out at least the first episode of the Loki series. I truly hope Deadpool fans (and X-Men fans) love it!

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