5 Most Anticipated July Releases
In June, audiences devoured the fun summer blockbuster, Jurassic World, and got emotional with Pixar’s latest masterpiece, Inside Out. In July, there are five movies worth looking forward to.
While the latest promotional material for Marvel’s Ant-Man makes it look too comedy heavy, I am interested to see whether or not Marvel can make a good film about Ant-Man. Hopefully, Ant-Man will have plenty of laughs and thrilling action sequences like the last three films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Antoine Fuqua’s best film is Training Day, but his formulaic action films, such as The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, and Shooter, feature well-shot action and solid lead performances. Jake Gyllenhaal’s recent performances in End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, and Nightcrawler prove his dedication to the art of acting and testing his dynamic range. Even if Southpaw is a formulaic misfire, Gyllenhaal’s performance as Billy Hope should be worth watching.
Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 are family friendly, funny, and heartwarming. In Minions, a prequel/spin-off, the Minions pursuit of the most despicable master leads them to Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock. The commercials feature a relentless slew of amusing Minion moments and aesthetically pleasing animation. Whether or not Minions can equal its predecessors, it looks like a fun film for adults and children.
Director Judd Apatow is known for his work on Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which are both gut-bustingly funny and boast nuanced character drama. Based on the trailers, Amy Schumer’s script and performance provide raunchy humor in abundance. Whether or not the drama portion of the film works remains to be seen, but the early reviews are strong on Rotten Tomatoes. The talented cast for Trainwreck includes Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Ryan Park, and LeBron James. For anyone that enjoys Amy Schumer’s boundless comedy, this is one of the most promising of the July releases.
Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the latest Mission Impossible film, in which he and other IMF agents will face off against an organization of skilled agents, the Syndicate. The commercials promise ridiculously dangerous and exciting stunts, such as Ethan hanging from the plane as it ascends, thrilling action sequences, and plenty of jokes from Simon Pegg. It is unfair to expect this film to equal Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol, the best entry of the series. That being said, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who is known for directing Jack Reacher, a solid film with a healthy mix of humor and action, and the co-writer of Edge of Tomorrow, an exciting summer blockbuster that featured hilarious moments and relentlessly thrilling action sequences, should be able to make this entry a thrilling summer blockbuster and a fine addition to the Mission Impossible Franchise.