June is supposed to be the real start of the blockbuster season. When movies get even bigger and box office busts get even uglier. This year doesn't really have that bite previous years have had. Last year saw Monsters University, Man of Steel, and This is the End all come out during June. This year however is a bit light on the heft. Maybe sequels just don't carry the weight they once did or the complete absence of any comic book film (which is actually a little crazy).
Edge of Tomorrow - June 6th:
Tom Cruise is still trying to be the action hero he really seems to think he is. Luckily for him Edge of Tomorrow may actually be worth a ticket. Cross Groundhog Day with futuristic WW2 where Cruise is a typical soldier who dies, relives the same day, dies, repeat. Along the way he is supposed to learn and figure out how to defeat a threat to all of Earth. Emily Blunt plays along side Cruise as his teacher and war hero who will most likely turn into a love interest. Early reviews hold this to be a fun and interesting sci-fi movie and I've been hankering for one of these for awhile. And who can say no to anything that can be described as "like Groundhog Day"?
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - June 13th:
There was a time when Pixar ruled the world of computer animated feature length films. You could probably argue they still do, but in 2010 How To Train Your Dragon proved DreamWorks could put out a quality CGI film. Now the sequel is coming out and I'm still wondering if they can mess it all up. Shrek practically imploded in quality once the sequels started coming out. I managed to never see the original so for me this film barely shows up on my movie radar. For some, especially families, this is a major release.
22 Jump Street - June 13th:
I wouldn't have bet that 21 Jump Street would have done well enough to deserve a sequel. An R-rated comedy based on a late 80s TV show doesn't sound like a diamond in the rough to me. A $200 million box office however changes minds pretty quickly. Somehow it does seem this film has gone farther off the 'dumb' comedy deep end. The changes just seem to come from a sequel checklist. Before they were undercover in a high school, now they're in college. Same plot but probably with more explosions and action moments. And probably a last minute romance subplot that has little impact on the story line or characters.
I lament these movies because I think Channing Tatum has some comedy talents. With a better story these films could be akin to the Bad Boys films which also starred two comedians in an action film. But the Jump Street movies lean too hard into the comedy theme without ever truly allowing the action and story grow.
Transformers: Age of Extinction - June 27th:
While there are other, smaller, and more interesting releases in June, its all leading up to Transformers. After the third film enough drama had built up around the films (lack of quality, actor complaints, racism, or sexism take your pick) that a somewhat reboot was in order. Gone is Shia and in comes Mark Wahlberg. I'm hoping, but not expecting, the new actors and Dinobots bring new life this series only had a spark of when it started. But with Michael Bay still at the helm, the same producers, and even the same writer as previous films expect explosions, terrible characters, terrible acting, and a terrible film.
How great could Dinobots be on film though? The T-Rex spit fire!
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