Six blockbusters that won’t tax your brain when you go to the movies this summer
A lot of folks do not want to do too much thinking when they go to the movies in the summer. A giant soda, a bucket of popcorn the size of a medieval knight’s helmet, and air conditioning such that you need a sweater -- this, and only this, is what many want from a summer movie. Here are six blockbusters to look forward to in the next few months.
“Deadpool 2.” The Merc with a Mouth is back, and this time, he has a posse. The first “Deadpool” was a witty, hyper-violent, fourth-wall-smashing economic miracle, making $363 million domestically against a $58 million budget. Director Tim Miller left “2”the project in an earlyish stage and was replaced with “John Wick” director David Leitch; “Deapool”“Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick co-wrote with star Ryan Reynolds, whose goofy charm helped the first film immeasurably. Look for ’Pool to put together X-Force with new faces Domino (Zazie Beetz from “Atlanta”), Bedlam (Terry Crews) and Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) to fight fan-favorite character Cable (a really muscly Josh Brolin).
“Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Well, here we go. Alden Ehrenreich, best known for — “Hail, Ceaser,” maybe? — attempts to embody Han effin’ Solo, one of the most charismatic fictional film characters of the past 50 years, while multi-hyphenate Donald Glover, whose brilliant “Atlanta” is the best show on television, plays Lando Calrissian. While you may get a chill up your spine seeing the Millennium Falcon (even with that weird cargo thing filling out the front), it’s hard to forget that this has been a troubled production, with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller replaced with Ron Howard. As Lando say to Han in an trailer, “You might wanna buckle up, baby.”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona tries to control the fifth installment of this screaming, raging franchise. This time around, what with the theme park completely falling apart the last time around, the dinos have been roaming free on the island. When a volcano threatens their existence, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is now a DINOSAUR-RIGHTS ACTIVIST (emphasis mine), must team up with ex-boyfriend and former dino trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to save them.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Hey, look who else has a franchise? Paul Rudd, who plays the Astonishing Ant-Man. Rumored to be set between “Captain America: Civil War” (when Scott Lang, the Ant-Man, was about to be busted out of jail by Captain America) and before the events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” this 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees Lang trying to put his life back together when Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) recruit him for a new mission.
“Skyscraper.” Aka “‘Die Hard’ and a little bit of ‘High-Rise,’ but with a really super-huge building in Hong Kong and the Rock instead of an ’80s-size building and Bruce Willis in L.A.” Written and directed by the astonishingly-named Rawson M. Thurber (“DodgeBall,” “Central Intelligence”), “Skyscraper” pits Dwayne Johnson, the head of security for the titular buildings, against those who would attack it. Cinematography is by long-time Paul Thomas Anderson collaborator Robert Elswit, so this thing will at least look incredible.
“Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” Christopher McQuarrie writes and directs the sixth(!) feature in what has become Tom Cruise’s now-22-year-old signature action franchise. Expect Ethan Hunt (Cruise) to be on the run, possibly at odds with his superiors and poised to save the world from total destruction even as the is being disavowed by the institutions that need him out there. With Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson.
Want more? Check out my full list of summer movies here.