summer, which means only one thing – comic books dominate the
screen once again. However, look closely and there are plenty of other
blockbusters and lesser-known gems waiting to entice you in from the sunshine.
book fans have plenty of choice, but the top three have to be Matthew Vaughn’s X Men: First Class (released 2 June) an origins tale which sees how a younger Charles Xavier and Magneto joined
forces as allies to fight threats and set up mutant school before becoming enemies.
Ryan Reynolds enters the genre too after impressing in rom-coms (Definitely
Maybe) and dramas (Buried). He stars in what looks like a more comic book
adaptation in Green
Lantern (17 June) as a regular
guy who inherits universe-conquering powers. Meanwhile, Chris Evans plays the
lead in Captain America:
The First Avenger (29 July) as a soldier given special
powers thanks to science to help America fight the bad guys. With next year’s
Avengers Movie teaming him up with Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk for the ultimate
comic book movie, fans will be eagerly awaiting to see how this one turns out.
blockbuster thrill-seekers will no doubt be flocking to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4:
On Stranger Tides (18 May) and the return of Johnny
Depps’ Jack Sparrow, armed with a cushion if the lengthy running time of the
last two is anything to do by. However the two biggest hits of the summer are
undoubtedly two of the most intriguing. JJ Abram’s childhood sci-fi tale Super 8 (5 August) is shrouded in secrecy but promises to be this generation’s ET, while Cowboys and Aliens (12
August) starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford fuses Western and Sci-fi as
amnesiac Craig finds himself in the Wild West when aliens attack.
who prefer a good chuckle to go with their sunny rays, the surprise hit of 2009
gets a sequel in The
Hangover 2 (27 May). Despite the trailer promising
more of the same, let’s hope Thailand provides a few new twists this time
around as the boys go to celebrate Stu (Ed Helms’) stag do. Meanwhile Cameron
Diaz’s Bad Teacher (24
June) looks set to show it’s not just the kids who misbehave at school with
Diaz playing a scheming class teacher out to win over a fellow colleague at her
rival’s expense. Looks like it will be a lot of fun for kids and teachers with
the summer holidays fast approaching.
world of TV, Armstrong and Miller star Ben Miller directs Noel Clarke and Johnny
Harris in Huge (8
July) which sees the pair try their hand at the world of Stand-Up comedy. A
host of comedy stand-up stars are also promised to provide the laughs in case
they don’t succeed. Finally, the
huge Channel 4 teenage sitcom The Inbetweeners (19 August) gets a movie
this summer with Si, Will, Neil and Jay no doubt hoping for sun, sex and, er,
sex on holiday abroad. Let’s hope it’s a bit better than a similar TV
adaptation, Kevin and Perry Go Large, even if the premise – lads go on a Club
18-30 holiday for sex – is exactly the same.
not often associated with the summer season, but this season sees three that
should intrigue. Promising a darker instalment each time, the final Harry
Potter, Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (15 July) arrives with
the explosive showdown between good and evil set to deliver some real scares
after Part 1’s slow pace.
Meanwhile, the Guillermo Del Toro produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
(12 August) brings us
Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce as a couple who discover their new home is haunted.
A familiar scenario maybe, but with Del Toro involved, hopefully this will
feature The Orphanage’s shocks and menacing tone. After Scream 4’s mediocre
reception, horror fans will be hoping that Final Destination 5 (26
August) delivers more inventive slasher thrills as death stalks its victims
once again after bridge collapse doesn’t kill everyone it’s meant to. Not bad
for a franchise that promised The Final Destination in 2009 would be the last –
mixed in among the money-making giants are a few smaller gems. Asif Kapadia’s Senna (3
June) a documentary about the life, success and sudden death of the legendary
racing driver has been gaining extremely favourable reviews and should appeal
to anyone fancying an adrenaline-fuelled but poignant true-life tale. Equally
favoured by the critics comes David Schwimmer’s Trust (22 July). With Clive Owen and Catherine Keener playing the parents of a young girl
groomed online it looks like this dramatic tale about the dangers and
consequences of surfing the net might hit quite a chord with concerned parents.
seeing as everyone’s probably read David Nicholl’s book by now, the film
adaptation of One Day (26
August) promises to be the perfect summer weepie. The tale of a girl and a guy, who we meet on the same day
each year for twenty years has Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in the leading
roles and Lone Scherfig (An Education) directing.