We made it. We survived the long, often cavernous wasteland of winter and early spring movies. And now, it’s on. The Summer Movie Season begins on Friday and carries us through four glorious months of blockbusters, action adventures, outrageous comedies, and a few unexpected diamonds. Below is a look at what’s coming in May.
Friday, May 5:
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Put quite simply, the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I expect this one to add to that legacy. This could end up being the best film of summer, and it’s the first on deck. I can’t wait.
Friday, May 12:
Snatched: This comedy comes for Mother’s Day weekend, and features Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. The trailers look funny, and the concept looks solid. But will it be a gem? I thought the same of “Trainwreck” prior to its release, but the flaws in that movie hurt the final product. Let’s hope this one has some better editing.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: Guy Ritchie brings his directing style to this Medieval tale of King Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam. This could be a fun action film. It could also be the first mediocre bomb of summer. Only time will tell.
Lowriders: This is a quieter, independent film with Demian Bichir, Melissa Benoist and Eva Longoria. It’s set in the world of East LA and focuses on a graffiti artist trying to save the family car business. This is one of those smaller films that can be a diamond in the rough during the summer season.
Friday, May 19:
Alien: Covenant: This latest film in the “Alien” universe comes from director Ridley Scott and looks a lot like it’s channeling to the look and feel of the 1979 original. For those that weren’t blown away by “Prometheus,” it is still worth giving this one a shot.
Everything, Everything: This teen drama is about a girl who’s illness prevents her from going outside, or else she risks dying. But when she meets the dreamy boy next door, she decides death might be an OK price to pay for one perfect day…
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: This is another installment in the “Wimpy Kid” franchise, this time focusing on a summer road trip. This one also features a new actor in the lead role. Will it still appeal to its core audience?
Thursday, May 25:
Baywatch: This re-make of the classic TV show from the 1980s and 1990s doesn’t take its subject matter too seriously, and that’s a good thing. Led by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, this looks like one of the more engaging outrageous summer comedies, arriving just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
Friday, May 26:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The other wide release for Memorial Day weekend, this is the fifth film in the “Pirates” franchise. Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly are back, but the last “Pirates” movie was a confusing bore. Will this one be any better? I somehow doubt it.