One of my favorite things to do is go to the theater to watch movies. It’s a chance to escape reality for a few hours and follow along with out-of-this-world characters.
In high school, my buddies and I would stay up late to make sure we were the first to see our favorite superheroes on the big screen. We were lucky enough to grow up around the time when Spider-man, X-men, and other comic superheroes were finally becoming mainstream in the movie business. During the summer especially you could count us in on going to the movies every weekend to go watch something.
Unfortunately as an adult, I can’t sleep in the next day like I could back then so I have to cut down midnight screenings to movies I just have to see.
Here are some movies I plan on seeing in theater for the month of May. Spoiler alert: it’s sci-fi and fantasy heavy, with the exception of Chef.
The Amazing Spider-man 2
This is Marc Webb’s follow up to The Amazing Spider-man. I was a huge fan of the original Spider-man trilogy (yes even Spider-man 3, I’m hardcore man!) and so far I love what Webb is doing with this rebooted Spidey. It borrows a lot from the Ultimate comics universe which is how I really got to know Spider-man (that and the 90’s cartoon series…we had lots of great superhero cartoons in the 90’s!). It will be interesting to see what Sony does with the franchise as they plan to expand on the Spider-man universe with Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs. That sounds okay, but it’d be really nice to see Marvel get the movie rights back so old webhead could take his spot in The Avengers. One can only dream.
Synopsis: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
Release Date: May 2, 2014
This sounds like it’s going to be a fun movie about foodies! John Favreau and John Leguizamo have great chemistry on screen and Robert Downey Jr. looks like he will be playing sidekick to Favreau this time around (Remember Favreau played Happy in the Iron Man movies?).
Synopsis: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. (IMDb)
Release Date: May 9, 2014
You can never go wrong with a movie featuring the most famous kaiju! 2014’s Godzilla is a reboot after the 1999 version. This one seems to follow the original Godzilla premise more closely and has the potential to make Godzilla a scary kaiju you don’t want to mess with.
Synopsis: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. (IMDb)
Release Date: May 16, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Days of Future Past is looking to bring together Bryan Singer’s original X-Men with the 60’s X-Men from First Class. Fox has stated that all the X-Men movies (along with future Fantastic Four movies) share the same universe and will eventually lead to an unannounced 2018 project, despite many, many, continuity errors (but at least Singer is planning on fixing a few of those things, right?). Still, this guy is a sucker for X-Men.
Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (IMDb)
Release Date: May 23, 2014
This is an interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty story. It is told from the perspective of Maleficent and what leads her to curse baby Aurora. Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent is very convincing from the trailers. At first I thought the movie was going to be a prequel to the Sleeping Beauty story, but from this trailer it looks like it will indeed be a combination prequel/retelling.
Synopsis: The untold story of the villain from “Sleeping Beauty” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora, only to later realize that the child may hold the key to peace in the land. (IMDb)
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Have any movie recommendations that didn’t make the list? Leave a comment and a link to the trailer below!