Summer has officially arrived, which means that blockbuster season is finally upon us. The Avengers and Mad Max paved the way for what looks like a promising next few months of movie magic, and now we’re ready for the next box office smash. From vicious genetically modified dinosaurs to cute yellow creatures, these are our top six picks for June.
The wait for the fourth Jurassic instalment is finally over, and all those boys and girls who grew up fantasising about visiting that famous park can relive the excitement as adults. You’re never too old to get all giddy over a few computer-generated velociraptors.
In the case of Jurassic World, however, it’s a hybrid dinosaur, conceived artificially like some Frankenstein monster, only bigger, stronger, more terrifying and with much larger, pointier teeth. The folk at the new Isla Nebula dinosaur theme park think that it’s a good idea to genetically modify the perfect dinosaur, otherwise known as Indominus Rex, except said dinosaur kills for sport.
And so we look to Chris Pratt’s park ranger to save the day, with a little help from his friends. No, not his Guardians of the Galaxy counterparts, but the loving velociraptors who are part of his behavioral research group at the park. I know, it all sounds a bit silly but these movies have never been known for their realism. Jurassic World (out June 12) will surely be a big success, and hopefully all those script rewrites will produce something as memorable as Spielberg’s 1993 original.
The next must-see movie for this month is Mr Holmes (out on June 19). Before you roll your eyes and sigh at the thought of yet another film about the legendary genius detective, this isn’t Sherlock as we’ve seen him before. Unlike the glossy Guy Ritchie film from 2009, which was still a good rendition, Mr Holmes really puts the British appeal back into it for a much more fitting facelift. For one, an Englishman is actually playing the role. You might wonder who could possibly replace Iron Man. Well who better than the actor known famously for his portrayal of Magento and Gandalf? Yes, Ian McKellen brings this new Sherlock to life in a story about his later years.
As a former detective, Mr Holmes must brush the dust of his top hat as he’s forced out of retirement to solve this one last baffling case from his past. Director Bill Condon’s record is very impressive, having collaborated with McKellen before on the Academy Award winning Gods and Monsters in 1999. So if you’re a fan of British cinema, this really is the top pick for June.
If you like films with mischievous little creatures, then Minions is the movie for you. Yes, everyone’s favourite troupe of adorable yellow organisms feature in their own film on June 26, set before they ever served Gru in the brilliant Despicable Me. In place of Steve Carrel is Sandra Bullock, a wicked super villain called Scarlet Overkill who orders her new team of banana-obsessed servants to travel to London and steal the Queen’s crown.
With more onscreen time than we’ve seen before, Minions should be a treat for all the kids out there who quote those naughty but sweet remarks. Even us adults can’t deny the hilarity of some of those simple and immature lines when said in that cute high pitch inflection. Hehe! Bottom!
Insidious: Chapter 3
For something a little less lighthearted and a lot more frightening, Insidious: Chapter 3 is released on Friday (June 5). This is the prequel and third instalment of the horror franchise, chronicling the haunting story of the first family these supernatural entities spooked before the Lamberts in Chapters 1 and 2.
Although the second Insidious was less than impressive, the first film in the series was widely considered one of the best horror films in recent years. It was an engrossing story, with characters you truly felt for, and it didn’t feature any cheap or gory gimmicks. With the same thrills and chills but a different set of characters, Chapter 3 of this horror series should breathe a bit of life into the often predictable genre.
Almost all the boxes are ticked in what you could consider a perfect month in film. The only thing missing? It’s Jason Statham of course. Oh and Miranda Hart, Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne. Spy is an action comedy about a bashful CIA analyst who takes down the world’s most dangerous arms dealer.
Known most fondly for his work on Bridesmaids and a few episodes of The Office (US), Paul Feig (who’s also set to helm the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot) directs this fun and silly premise that also hits cinemas on June 5. Depending on your movie tastes, Spy and Insidious will be competing for the biggest pot of money at the box office this coming weekend.
Lastly, if the ensemble cast in Spy isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, another comedy that has been hugely anticipated, particularly across the pond for our American cousins, is Entourage (out 19 June). Featuring the old gang, as well as some other famous faces, the plot parodies the story of Mark Wahlberg’s rise to fame.
Starring in the film is Wahlberg himself, who’s accompanied by Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Calvin Harris, Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson, Pharrell, David Spade, Kelsey Grammer, Ed O’Neill and T.I, to new a few. It even stars the NFL’s best quarterbacks of last year, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. If that cast list is anything to go by, as well as the success of the original TV show, Entourage is set to be a showstopper as brilliant as the Super Bowl showdown between those two aforementioned athletes.