With the summer movie season beginning this Friday with the blockbuster film Amazing Spider Man 2, so I thought I’d compile a list of what I believe are the must see films of the summer. There are many huge films coming out this year including Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, A Million Ways to Die in the West, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Purge: Anarchy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules, Jupiter Ascending, and many others, but only a few are must see films that can’t be missed and here they are.
10. Lucy (Aug 8)
Lucy is a must see summer film just because it is Scarlett Johansson’s first starring role in an action film. Next is that the film is directed by Luc Besson the man behind two of the best action films off all time in Léon: The Professional and Nikita. Finally there is the kick ass trailer that will rock your world. All that combined makes Lucy on of the must see films of the summer.
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
As the growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
I loved the old Planet of the Apes films before the terrible Mark Walberg remake, and I was surprised by how good Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and I’m looking forward to the sequel in 2014.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)
The reboot of the Spiderman films in The Amazing Spiderman was a lackluster disappointment that was only saved by the performances by Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and Denis Leary, so I was a little hesitant about the sequel.
I wasn’t happy that Webb and Sony originally casted Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, but that had been my only real problem with the casting of the second film. Unlike others I had no problem with Jamie Foxx as Electro. Foxx is a capable actor who i believe will do a good job playing the character, and from seeing the trailers I was proven right as the sequel does look good, and looks like it will be a major step up over the first Amazing Spiderman.
7. A Million Days to die in the West (May 30)
I know many aren’t a fan of Seth MacFarlane the man who brought us American Dad!, Ted, The Cleveland Show, and Family Guy as well as writing for Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo, but to me Seth is the best comedic writer today, and I’m very excited about A Million Ways to Die in the West.
A western comedy written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, and follows Albert a sheep farmer who lacks courage, losing his beloved girlfriend as a result of his withdrawing from a duel. He soon meets another lady, and discovers his bravery and confidence. The herder soon realizes his true potential when the lady’s spouse, an infamous criminal, demands payback.
The film consists of a strong cast that includes Giovanni Ribisi, Seth MacFarlane, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman, and Amanda Seyfried.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
A late comer fan to the comics as I only recently started reading the comic I am excited about the film as it will take us away from Earth and the other Marvel heroes, and the cast consists of Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Djimon Hounsou, and Benicio del Toro. Like Jupiter Ascending Guardians of the Galaxy could be hit or miss, but should not be missed this summer.
5. Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
Based on a Japanese novel called All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and the story is told from the perspective of Keiji Kiriya, a new recruit in the United Defense Force which fights against the mysterious ‘Mimics’ which have laid siege to Earth. Keiji is killed on his first sortie, but through some inexplicable phenomenon wakes up having returned to the day before the battle. This retroversal continues and he now finds himself caught in a time loop as his death and resurrection repeats time and time again. Keiji’s skill as a soldier grows as he passes through each time loop in a desperate attempt to change his fate.
I’ve never read the novel, but the premise is intriguing. The film stars Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt, Jeremy Piven, and Tom Cruise.
4. Jupiter Ascending (July 18)
Though I have cooled off on the Wachowski siblings after the disaster of sequels to the brilliant Matrix in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions followed by the terrible Speed Racer film. Thankfully the two siblings returned some of my confidence in the two with the beautiful film Cloud Atlas.
Now Lana and Andy Wachowski are bring us another science fiction film in Jupiter Ascending that follows Jupiter Jones an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine, an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader, and stars Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, and Channing Tatum.
3. Snowpiercer (June 27)
I know Snowpiecer isn’t a huge blockbuster like the majority of the other films on this list, but Snowpiecer is a must see film that is neither the less a blockbuster caliber film with moving story, awesome action, some really good visuals, and a Oscar worth cast. Making Snowpiercer one of the must see films of the summer and of the year. For more you can read my review of Snowpiercer here. John’s Review of Snowpiecer
2. Godzilla (May 16)
Godzilla had been #17 on my John’s 25 Most Anticipated films of 2014, and number at #8 of summer films, but since seeing the trailers and the great buzz for the film makes Godzilla the second must see film of the summer. While I have never been a huge fan of Godzilla or the films especially after the disaster that was 1998’s Roland Emmerich horrible Godzilla film this years Gareth Edwards Godzilla has truly impressed me with the trailers that have amazing visuals, and looks to have tons of action, a well written story, and a really good cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston making 2014 Godzilla one of the must see films of the summer.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
Days of Future Past as been associated with a lot of bad press thanks to the sexual abuse allegations involving director Bryan Singer as well as worries Singer is trying to do to much with the film, and FOX is rushing to fast in trying to achieve the success that Marvel Studios and Disney as achieve with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still even with some questions X-Men: Days of Future Past is the must see blockbuster film of the summer with plot based off of one of the best X-Men story lines ever, and a all star cast that includes Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.