Are you a fan of Marvel/DC/Stephen King//yellow fuzzballs/movies in general? Then you’re in for a cinematic treat this summer.
Not only are we finally getting to see the events after Thanos’ show-stopping finger snap in Avengers: Endgame, there’s also the remake of Stephen King’s classic cult hit Pet Semetary, DC’s hilarious take on kid-turning superhero Shazam! and Detective Pikachu – something we never thought would hit the silver screen ...ever.
There’s a lot to look forward to over the next few months, so check out our thoughts on the biggest blockbusters coming out, take your pick and book your tickets.
Spoilers: They all look fantastic.
We all know a superhero’s powers can be strange, but a pre-teen turning into a bulking, grown-up superhero after being hit by lightning when uttering the word “Shazam”? Hmm, DC really do push the boundaries of “inventive”. But for those not in the know, Shazam! (aka Captain Marvel, but we can see why the movie isn’t called that) has been around since 1939, so he’s well overdue a movie. And it looks like director David F. Sandberg absolutely nailed the character.
The origin story follows 14-year-old foster kid Bill Badson (Asher Angel) who’s granted the powers of the almighty Shazam, giving him super-strength, speed, wisdom – basically Superman except with electricity coming out of his hands. New to his powers and not sure what to do with them, his geeky foster friend Freddy Freeman (a brilliant Jack Dylan Grazer) starts testing out what Shazam (Zachary Levi, possibly the best actor for the role) can actually do, and how to use them. And so begins the testing, from super-charging people’s phones to learning how to fly – all in hilarious fashion.
DC seems to have finally found its place in a world where Marvel rules all – embracing the more silly side of comics and giving (younger) audiences the over-the-top action they’re looking for. Shazam! is looking to be the culmination of all that silliness, and besides, who didn’t want to be an all-powerful superhero when they were a 14-year-old kid? Of course we would have recorded punching through walls for YouTube and flossed, just a bit. Prepare for pure fun.
After the success of the IT remake and the hugely underappreciated Gerald’s Game, Hollywood seems to be cashing in on all things Stephen King. And why shouldn’t they? His books are some of the creepiest stories around, and Pet Sematary is up there with the most disturbing of them. It could have been just about zombie pets attacking a town, but King always finds a way to take things a step further. After moving into their new home, Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and two children Gage and Ellie are told about a mysterious and horrifying-looking pet cemetery behind their house that revives dead animals. They think nothing of it until their cat is run over by a truck, only for the Creeds to bury it there and see it running about on the road the next day. In excitement, Ellie runs after it, only to then be hit by a truck (what is up with these trucks?). Desperate and heart-broken, Louis resorts to burying his daughter at the cemetery, and is met with horrifying, zombie-like results. Grittier, eerier and downright more gruesome looking than the 1989 version (and definitely its weird sequel), this seems to be one of those rare, welcome remakes to look forward to.
This is it, folks. With a (literal) snap of a finger, audiences of Avengers: Infinity War went absolutely nuts over the fate of our favourite superheroes. As we know, Marvel loves to keep all “hush-hush” about upcoming movies, but what we do know is Endgame takes place right after the shocking events of Infinity War – half the universe is gone, our team of heroes are in ruin and Iron Man is floating around in space talking to his helmet. But it wouldn’t be a Marvel movie if everything was all doom and gloom. We still have Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, the only member of the Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Racoon, and Ant-Man – who somehow made it out of his small predicament at the end of Ant-Man and The Wasp. They’ve all come together as a rag-tag group of heroes to track down Thanos and undo all those disintegrations. We believe they will though, as we’ve already seen Spider-Man swinging into action in his sequel trailer. A little spoilerish, but we’re still excited to see how it all goes down, because it means more of that quick-fire Marvel humour, epic fight scenes and more of those lovable Easter eggs.
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Who knew a man avenging his pup would turn into one of the biggest and slickest action franchises around? Well, probably all those who love dogs and “gun-fu” action – which is a lot of us. Super assassin John Wick, AKA The Boogeyman, finds himself in the biggest mess of his life after taking out a member of the International Assassin’s Guild – a big no-no – and now he has a bounty of US$14million placed on his head. That’s what you get when you mess with The High Table, but John Wick seems to be able to handle himself.
Apparently, John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum promises a higher body count than part two, which already racked up 128 bodies. Yikes. Regardless of what you think of the ever-expanding Wick universe, which sadly more or less got rid of anything to do with dogs, you can’t deny just how stylish and beautifully choreographed every fight scene is.
It’s an absolute spectacle to witness thanks to stunt-actor-turned-director Chad Stahelski, and from what we see from the trailers, he may just out-do himself. We mean, is that ol’ John-boy riding through the city and taking out a guy on a horse? Did he just smack a sword-wielding motorbike rider in a getaway chase? It’s all over-the-top, and if you’re a fan of Keanu Reeves somehow getting out of impossible situations, as per usual, then John Wick Chapter 3 is right up your alley.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Did we really need to be told Godzilla is the “King of Monsters” in the title? Well, maybe, as this follow-up to the 2014 update is bringing in all the big boys to duke it out with our hero – who often leaves a bit of chaos and destruction in his path. This new entry follows cryptozoological agency Monarch discovering a heap of ancient, island-sized monsters that are set loose on the world. We say it’s up to Monarch to stop them, but really it’s Godzilla that will be doing the dirty work. The gigantic lizard will be facing off against fan-favourite monsters Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah in epic fashion. Also along for the ride is Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown as the daughter of one of the lead scientists at the sceptically evil organisation. Will she survive all the disaster? We’ll just have to watch to find out.
This has got to be the biggest surprise in cinema since Luke Skywalker discovered his parentage. Yes, that’s how flabbergasted we were when we heard that, not only would there be a live-action Pokémon movie, but it would place Pikachu as a caffeine-addicted detective. But leave it to Ryan Reynolds, the voice of the amnesia-struck yellow fuzz ball, to bring all the hype to one of the quirkiest movies of the year.
Inspired by the hit Nintendo game, the movie takes place in Ryme City, where Pokémon and humans live happily side-by-side. When ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, his partner-in-justice Detective Pikachu tracks down his son Tim (Justice Smith) to help find out what exactly happened, only to discover a conspiracy that threatens the peaceful co-existence of the inhabitants of the city. Luckily for them, the duo can somehow communicate with each other, making them the dream detective team that can talk to both humans and Pokémon.
Without the hilarious quips of Reynolds, this could have just been a flick for the little ones, but it’s looking like a family movie the adults can chuckle at, too.
Hollywood’s list of action-comedies has steadily been building over the years, treating us to big hits such as 21 Jump Street, to the hugely forgettable Hot Pursuit (remember that one? Exactly). While we’ve recently had a few duds (we’re looking at you, The Spy Who Dumped Me), The Hustle just might be in the upper echelon of the genre. Why? We’re getting Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as two very different types of con artists, teaming up to take down all the men that have wronged them. Both actors have a strong track record in comedy alone, so Wilson and Hathaway clearly make for a powerhouse of a comedy duo. Don’t expect itan instant classic, but do expect a barrel of laughs.