Flaco’s 2016 Summer Movie Preview – Part 2
The Legend of Tarzan
Another attempt to revive a very old school franchise, Tarzan needs to do what Lone Ranger couldn’t and at least make a good movie first. That may be a tall order, since the trailer doesn’t seem to add anything new to the story other than some big effects pieces, but maybe that will be enough.
It’s amazing that with all his years as a director, Steven Spielberg has never worked with Disney on a movie. Disney has been on quite the streak this year, so the magic could continue in this adaptation to the Roald Dahl book.
The Secret Life of Pets
This is the only movie that I’ve highlighted all summer that isn’t based on previously produced material. Though since this is from the studio that makes the insanely successful Despicable Me movie franchise, don’t be surprised to see a Minion short film before the movie.
The all-female reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise has taken a ton of heat from the internet, which actually makes me want to see it more to be honest. I’m a big fan of Paul Feig, especially when he’s teamed up with Melissa McCarthy, so I’m hoping their hit streak continues.
Star Trek Beyond
Taking the reins from J.J. Abrams now that he’s more closely involved with the other pillar of geeky space opera is Fast and Furious director (or as I like to mention Community’s paintball episode director) Justin Lin. Despite the change, the J.J. esthetics are still there, lens flares and all. Abrams is still producing after all. The shift seems to be off the enterprise and towards more planet based action. That hasn’t been the best sign in past films, but I’m going to see it regardless.
Ice Age: Collision Course
Every three or four years, they seem to crank out another Ice Age movie. I had no idea they were up to 5 at this point, but I lost interest in the franchise long ago. I do have a pair of kids now, but I’m not sure even that will get me into the theater this time.
Speaking of a film franchise delivering their fifth movie, Jason Bourne is back. More importantly, Matt Damon is back in the lead role after the last film chose to focus on a side character in the universe to a mixed reception from critics and viewers. This seems to make sense, as expanding the universe of a series focused on a titular character was a little silly.
I’ll put it out there right now, that this is my most anticipated film of the summer. Even despite the abysmal reception for Batman V Superman, this film seems to have the most buzz heading into release. I’m expecting a Guardians of the Galaxy level of interest in this movie and a DC Universe film that finally delights fans and critics alike.
When Disney announced remakes of movies from their vault, I was a little surprised to see this on the list since it wasn’t in the main line of Disney Classics. Still, every remake they’ve made so far has earned a ton of money. I do wonder if a lot of people even remember the original or if they think this is a new movie.
Seth Rogen takes on Pixar in this dirty computer animated movie for adults only. Taking a cue from Toy Story, the movie makes us see what it would be like if something we interact with every day had thoughts and feelings. In this case though, we kill them and eat them which sets up all the jokes in this film. I can’t imagine this has a happy ending.
Yet another remake closes out part 2 of our summer movie preview. I really don’t see this one appealing to the modern movie goer but the end of summer does tend to be a dumping ground of sorts for bigger budget pictures. Maybe it will surprise me, but my hopes aren’t too high in this case.
So that’s it for the summer season. Will Tarzan and some of the other remakes impress? Will Suicide Squad finally give the DC films some credibility? Participate in the comments below and don’t forget to rank the movies yourself!