It’s July, which means the summer season is in full flow now and as the mercury (hopefully) rises, so will your excitement levels at the cinema this month. From magicians to monsters, via Emma Watson trying to pole dance, this is your guide to 5 of the biggest, and hopefully best, films out in the coming month. Alternatively, if you want to see something rubbish, there’s a new Vince Vaughan film coming out… but the less said about that, the better!
Now You See Me (Dir. Louis Leterrier) – “Come in close. Because the more you think you’ll see, the easier it’ll be to fool you” says Morgan Freeman in the trailer for Louis Leterrier’s magical marvel. Billed as The Prestige via Inception, Now You See Me follows the ‘Four Horseman’; magicians who use their act to rob banks and give the money back to the people. However, as their tricks become more daring, they begin to get the attention of the FBI. Star Jesse Eisenberg claimed Now You See Me was the most fun he has had on a movie set, lets hope that is emulated on the screen when the film opens on July 3rd.
The Bling Ring (Dir. Sofia Coppola) – Having spent 2 of her best films (Lost in Translation, Somewhere) exploring the price of fame, Coppola Jr.’s latest examines a true story about the thirst for fame in modern adolescent society. The title refers to the true life ‘Hollywood Hills Burglars’, a group of tweens whose infatuation with celebrity led them to committing a spree of thefts in the Hollywood Hills, with victims including Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan. All eyes will doubtless be on Emma Watson, continuing to try and escape her Hermione Granger shadow; but for me, the excitement will be watching a new film from one of Hollywood’s best dramatic filmmakers.
Monsters University (Dir. Dan Scanlon) – It’s been over 10 years since we last saw Mike and Sulley, Monstropolis’ finest scaring duo. Now Pixar have brought them back with the studio’s first prequel, to tell the tale of how they first met. Despite its many successes, Brave never held up against Pixar’s earlier, greater offerings and with Cars 2 being equally as average as it’s predecessor, Pixar hasn’t made a truly excellent film since 2010’s Toy Story 3. Here’s hoping Monsters University will restore Pixar to its former glory.
Pacific Rim (Dir. Guillermo Del Toro) – Giant monsters and giant robots doing battle: the former trying to destroy earth, the latter trying to defend it. Pacific Rim sounds like every geek’s wildest dream and with god of monsters Guillermo Del Toro behind the lens, the finished product appears to live up to such fantasies. With groundbreaking special effects and shot in RealD 3D, Pacific Rim looks to be the most impressive and most exciting visual spectacle of the summer.
The World’s End (Dir. Edgar Wright) – 9 years on from Shaun of the Dead and 6 years since Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright returns, along with Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, for the final part in their ‘Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy’. Telling the tale of a group of friends who reunite to complete a pub-crawl they attempted as teenagers, The World’s End is a Sci-Fi mash-up with added sex jokes. Starring the cream of British talent, including Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman, The World’s End opens at the end of the month.