Summer is the height of movie season, when the box-office is filled with action-packed adventures, comedies, and the best dramas of the year. Here are 5 movies that are sure to stir up some excitement this summer:
The Fault in Our Stars
Premiering June 6th, the book-to-film adaptation of John Green’s famous novel is sure to make even the toughest audience member shed a tear. The movie depicts the relationship between cancer-ridden Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and charming Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) after they meet at a cancer support group. The love story that follows rivals that of The Notebook, leading viewers to fall head-over-heels in love with newcomer Elgort. There’s something about the whimsical nature of the story, the sarcastic humor, and the easygoing banter between the two leads that reminds us of our own first loves; throw in the challenges of cancer and a talented supporting cast, and you’ll be rooting for Augustus and Hazel until the very end.
22 Jump Street
Funny man Jonah Hill and teen heartthrob Channing Tatum reunite to keep us laughing in the sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street. This time, incompetent police officers Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) go undercover to investigate the drug scene at a local college. Laughter ensues as the movie introduces explosion-filled action scenes during spring break, one-liners as the boys furnish their dorm room, and comedy gold from familiar faces Eric (Dave Franco) and Mr. Walters (Rob Riggle). Whether you’re a young father trying to relive your glory days or a college student looking for some laughs, you’ll be sure to relate to both actors as they experience university life first-hand. The movie hits theatres June 13th.
If you’re not already in love with Scarlett Johansson, you will be after seeing Lucy, premiering August 8th. Johansson plays the title character, an ordinary woman who becomes a superhuman after a flawed stint as a drug mule in Taiwan. It’s a race against time as Lucy’s powers grow stronger and her brain power increases; scientists like Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) rush to save the day. Watch for an intriguing plot line, powerful female lead, and Morgan Freeman’s deep voice.
By now, Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has developed a predictable formula for each movie: pretty girl + Shia LaBeouf running for two hours + robot cars + explosions = box office success. Much to our surprise, Bay switched it up for Transformers: Age of Extinction by replacing Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg, who stars as Cade Yeager, a mechanic and single father whose life is turned upside down when he discovers an aged Optimus Prime. While the cool robot cars and explosions remain for the sake of our sanity, the ‘pretty girl’ role also involves a twist: the film’s leading beauty is Yeager’s daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) and not a helpless romantic interest. The conflict between Yeager and the government, as well as the unfolding of the history behind the Transformers both add volume and meaning to the beloved franchise; but if this is not enough to sell you on the film, remember that there are sure to be some pretty explosions!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel’s latest superhero film brings together rogue thief Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), tree-like human Groot (Vin Diesel), mouthy raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and massive destroyer Drax (Dave Bautista) to form a group of superhero misfits called the Guardians of the Galaxy. After Quill steals an orb from the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace) and forms an alliance with his fellow alien misfits, he realizes the true level of danger that the galaxy is in. A lighthearted superhero film that features moments of deep reflection in the form of Quill’s character development, Guardians is sure to be an action-packed adventure for the whole family. It hits theatres August 1st.