The summer of sequels: Movie preview
It’s the summer of sequels and Avengers: Age of Ultron kicked it off with a mighty $372 million at the box office since its May Day opening weekend.
With a plethora of follow-ups, you might feel like your sensing a bit of déjà vu, but rest assured that a lot of these movies are aiming at taking their franchises to new heights.
Let’s dive right in.
Pitch Perfect 2 looks like it will be as aca-awesome as its predecessor. Three years after the events of the first movie, we catch up with the Bellas at the height of their fame. Now that some of them are graduating college, they plan on going out with a bang! I’m sure they’ll crush it, both in the film and at the box office.
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of my most anticipated sequels this summer and I can barely remember the first three Mad Max films, though I can definitely sing along to Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” from Beyond Thunderdome. With studly Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson, Fury Road looks like a nonstop, gritty, action packed thrill ride. George Miller is back in the director’s chair and he’s pushing everything to the limit. The trailer alone is a piece of art.
Jurassic World (opening June 12) has the kid in me busting with excitement. Not only does this look like a vast improvement over Jurassic Park III, but the previews give you the same sense of child-like wonder that the original had. In the film, Jurassic World (formally Jurassic Park) is finally open to the public and we are introduced to a functioning park with a bevy of tourists and rides. Head over to Jurassic World’s official website. It’s all set up as a legitimate destination site for the park complete with feeding times, menus, hotel room packages and descriptions of all the attractions. www.jurassicworld.com/
Terminator Genisys (not a spelling error) is the latest in the series. While I don’t think anyone other than director James Cameron will ever be able to top T2, this new installment (opening July 1) looks to be taking the franchise in a bold new direction. Arnold is back with a whole new cast. Games of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke tried her hand at the Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke of The Great Gatsby and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took on John Connor.
Magic Mike finally made Channing Tatum a household name. While some were disappointed at the dark story that the trailers never alluded to, based on the previews, Magic Mike XXL (opening July 1) looks it just wants to be a good time. The story revolves around Mike and the boys taking a road trip to a stripper convention. It’s basically the Step Up of strippers where I’m sure there will be naked dance battles that will delight the targeted demographic.
Tom Cruise looks like he’s in no rush to slow down in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (opening July 31). With very little fanfare, this newest entry in the series looks like another high octane adrenaline rush. Tom is hanging off the side of a plane in flight! I’m not sure why this one is flying under the radar, but the Mission:Impossible series (much like Fast & Furious) just keeps getting better with each new film.
Other sizzling summer sequels include Ted 2, Insidious: Chapter 3, Pan (a prequel to Peter Pan), Vacation (a continuation of National Lampoon’s Vacation) and Sinister 2.
-Chris Upshaw, guest blogger