So far this year’s summer tent pole movies have been a bit of a critical and, arguably, an audience failure. Films that had high hopes like Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice or Jason Bourne just did not light the box office on fire like they were supposed to (they made money but not enough).
There have been some good films this summer. Deadpool entertained a lot of people with its interesting take on the superhero genre. One of my favourite films of the year The Jungle Book took a well know concept and added wonderful acting/voice acting and impressive special effects. A great deal of the more audience appreciated movies came from the Indie side of the movie business such as Sing Street, a roundly enjoyable experience.
So what can we expect from the rest of the year? I think fans of Blockbusters will hope the films coming out will have the mix of enjoyable and interesting (probably with big explosions) and fans of good well written stories have some interesting choices ahead of them.
October features 2nd movies from based on properties by Gillian Flynn and Lee Child. The Girl on the Train is the follow up to the excellent and critically acclaimed film Gone Girl from writer Gillian Flynn and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the next film based on the work of writer Lee Child. There is also a 3rd movie in a book franchise, Inferno (the others being The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons); this sees the continuing problem solving adventures of Tom Hank’s Robert Langdon.
There are a couple of what look like to be well written and very different movies in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation and War on Everyone. The Birth of a Nation features Nate Parker’s slave preacher who, after witnessing atrocities orchestrates an uprising. War on Everyone has a The Nice Guys feel and features a strong main cast in Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård. The 2 main children’s movies in October are Storks and Trolls. Both starring an all-star voice cast. Storks goes for a goofy but emotional story of delivery storks and from Dreamworks comes Trolls based on the large haired toys of the same name featuring the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. At the end of October Marvel studios release their 2nd feature of the year Doctor Strange. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Doctor, this film will introduce magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe which could be an incredible thing or put casual viewers off.
Starting November we have a widely different selection of movies in A Street Cat named Bob and The Accountant. A Street Cat named Bob is based on a bestselling book and is the story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. In a more action based crime thriller Ben Affleck stars in The Accountant stars as a math savant accountant who cooks the books for his illicit clients but after he gets closer to the truth the body count that starts to rise.
Rejoice Harry Potter fans; November’s big release is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This sees writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. The end of November has the return of director Robert Zemeckis with the war drama Allied. Featuring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, who combine on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Based on the true events of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who caused an international stir when he married a white woman from London in the late 1940s, A United Kingdom features an excellent British cast including Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo and Tom Felton and is released at the end of November.
December is dominated by the release of the first of the Star Wars saga movies Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The story in based on events that occur between the original trilogy about the Rebellion making a move to steal the plans to the Death Star. The trailers so far give an exciting look at this guaranteed money maker for Disney. Speaking of Disney they have their latest animated feature released in December with Moana. Dwayne Johnson stars as Maui , a legendary demi-god who helps a young woman use her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island.
A couple of different comedies are released in December with Office Christmas Party and Why Him?. Office Christmas Party offers a classic seasonal comedy with an excellent cast featuring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Munn to name but a few. Why Him? brings Bryan Cranston back to his Malcolm in the Middle comedy roots starring alongside James Franco. If you are looking for a well acted Oscar bait movie you can’t go far wrong with Sully a Clint Eastwood directed Tom Hanks starring film based on the true story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.
These are only a selection of the films on offer. Let us know what you’re interested in for the rest of the year.