WOW!! After excitement paved way to genuine brilliance with Iron Man 3, the summer blockbuster season is well and truly under way and if you don’t believe me, just check out some of the adrenaline pumping gems hitting our screens this month. But it’s not just fast cars and Vulcan ears, this month also sees the release of Pedro Almodovar’s latest picture I’m So Excited; a film so far removed from everything else in Almodovar’s filmography, it really will have to be seen to be believed.
I’m So Excited (Dir. Pedro Almodovar) – Almodovar’s last film, the hypnotic The Skin I Live In, was a mini masterpiece; a heartbreaking tale of love and loss that I still find myself trying to get my head around from time to time. Seemingly content with wanting to show off a whimsical side, Almodovar’s next is a comedy closer in tone to his earlier work; when the landing gear on their plane fails, both passengers and crew of a Spanish airliner consider their end through honesty and sexual ambiguity. Packed with guilty, vulgar giggles, I’m So Excited looks to be one of Almodovar’s most surprising films for some time.
Star Trek Into Darkness (Dir. J.J. Abrams) – Blockbuster season really hits its stride on May 9th with the release of the hotly anticipated sequel to 2009’s reboot of the Star Trek universe. Unrelenting secrecy has surrounded the second Star Trek outing, with various thick-framed geeks arguing over whether Benedict Cumberbatch’s baddie is a new incarnation of famed Star Trek antagonist Kahn. If it turns out to be as good as it looks, and early reviews suggest it is, it will certainly up my excitement for Abrams’s next frontier… the hotly anticipated Star Wars: Episode 7.
The Great Gatsby (Dir. Baz Luhrmann) – You all know the story, many of you probably studied it at school, but are you ready to see Luhrmann’s stylized take on it? The cast certainly has my interest, with Leonardo DiCaprio leading as the titular Jay Gatsby – a character of literary legend. Cary Mulligan & Toby Maguire provide handsome support and a superb soundtrack has been created by Jay-Z. The ingredients are all there, so here’s hoping Luhrmann’s take on Gatsby is another Romeo and Juliet and not another Australia.
Fast and Furious 6 (Dir. Justin Lin) – A true guilty pleasure, the Fast and Furious franchise has gone from strength to strength over the last two installments, with Fast and Furious 5 remaining one of the most enjoyable cinema experiences I’ve had in the last few years. Reuniting franchise stalwarts Vin Diesel & Paul Walker with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Fast and Furious 6 sees Dom and co. reunite and team up with special agent Luke Hobbs to take down a common enemy. No doubt packed with as many gratuitous shots of cars as there is of scantily clad women, Fast and Furious 6 will be loud, dumb and best of all, a lot of fun!
The Hangover: Part 3 (Dir. Todd Phillips) – After a lackluster sequel, will Todd Phillips’s trilogy of excessive drinking and big mistakes go out with a bang or a thud? The trailers look promising, with the action shifting back to Vegas and the narrative structure changing. This time the Wolfpack must track down pint-sized gangster Mr. Chow or face the reality of never seeing Doug again. With John Goodman joining the cast and Heather Graham returning, you’ll be able to catch The Hangover: Part 3 when it opens at the end of the month.