Summer Movies

A writer brings you some highly anticipated movies for this summer

  1. ‘Avengers: Endgame’

“Avengers: Endgame” is one of the most anticipated films of this decade- maybe of all time. Eleven years of the MCU and 21 films have all been building up to this epic creation. The amount of hype surrounding the movie is insane, with tickets already being sold like hot-cakes. We know next to nothing about “Avengers: Endgame,” and we really don’t have to. There’s no doubt that the movie will make enormous waves when it finally releases at the end of the month. There is a question as to how Endgame will resolve the conflict started in Infinity War without feeling like a cop-out, but I’m sure the filmmakers have some tricks up their sleeve. Endgame will likely be a perfect conclusion to the first period of the cinematic universe that has such an impactful legacy.

2. ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’

When I first heard that “Detective Pikachu” was being made, I was hesitant to get hyped. Video games have historically been terribly represented in the film industry. I wondered if “Detective Pikachu” would become yet another poorly executed film that doesn’t understand the source material. My doubts were washed away when I started to see the trailers. First of all, I admire how they seem to make a nice compromise between being realistic and staying true to what made each pokémon unique and interesting. Not to mention, so far the movie’s writing seems to be really solid, especially with Detective Pikachu’s witty one-liners. Ryan Reynolds as a Pikachu sounds so weird in concept, but it seems that he’ll be a big highlight of this movie. I think at the very least, this will be a fun little film that really does the Pokémon series some well-deserved justice.

3. ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’

I  was always very fond of Spiderman as a character. No matter the adaptation, he’s always so witty and charismatic. Not to mention, the conflicts that Spider-man is normally put through feel very real and relatable. The Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly does a brilliant job at portraying this hero well. Just like any other Marvel film, I don’t think “Spiderman Far from Home” will disappoint in bringing us a top quality film that further strengthens the character’s legacy. It seems to have some interesting characters involved, including Nick Fury and Mysterio, so it’s bound to be very entertaining.

4. ‘Toy Story 4’

Going from one emotional conclusion of a franchise to another one. Although, I hope this is the last “Toy Story,” I’m interested by the film. I’m not saying the franchise needs to end because it’s declining in quality—rather,  “Toy Story 3” felt like such a perfect way to end the series. “Toy Story 4” has the herculean task of somehow being a better conclusion to the franchise. It’ll be interesting to see if “Toy Story 4” can further pull at our heartstrings and somehow surpass its predecessor. Even if it doesn’t, I think it’ll be a top quality film at the end of the day.

5. ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’

There’s not a whole lot to say about this one, other than I’m sure it’ll be great to watch. Its two predecessors are wonderful movies with great characters, dazzling visuals, and emotionally gripping moments. The first movie was a very solid film and the second simply built off of it. I have no reason to believe that the third doesn’t measure up to such high standards. It’s probably going to be entertaining, yet sad as this story spanning across three films comes to an end. Although, if I don’t want to hear crying in the background for a couple of hours, I shouldn’t watch this with my mom.

6. ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’

The first Lego movie was a very funny and heartfelt experience that is considered a modern classic, which is why it’s surprising that “The Lego Movie 2” didn’t make many waves when it released in February. Many seemed to have overlooked this latest installment, either from indifference or simply not knowing it was out. From what I’ve heard, it does the same thing that the first movie did, with similar story beats and humor. Either way, the Lego movies are a fun bunch of films to watch, so I think “The Lego Movie 2” should prove entertaining to watch at home. Or it’ll be a disappointment like a lot of other things in my life—who knows. 

7. ‘SHAZAM!’

I think most would agree that D.C’s cinematic universe hasn’t been nearly as successful as Marvel’s. However, recently some of its movies have gotten better receptions, and I’m interested to see how “SHAZAM!” will fair when I eventually see it. It has a entertaining premise: a kid gets superpowers he’s probably not responsible enough to have and shenanigans ensue. Based on the trailer, the movie seems to have a lot of fun with this concept, as the kid acts exactly how you would think he would act in this situation. There are some genuinely funny moments in the trailers, and I feel that “SHAZAM!” will be a fun little movie that will be entertaining, even just by its premise alone.

~Written and compiled by Elijah Bassu, Staff Writer~

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