Top 30 Biggest Summer Movies Of 201213.09.11 # Summer Movies # 15 Comments
Let’s explore the top summer movies of 2012. The line-up features the usual mix of sequels (MIB 3), prequels (Prometheus), remakes (Total Recall), reboots (Amazing Spider-Man), big screen adaptations (Battleship) and original fare (The Campaign). It’s notably heavy on comic book adaptations. Exciting ones.
Here’s our definitive guide to the biggest and best summer movies, 2012:
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Director: Joss Whedon
Release Date: 4 May 2012 (U.S. Dates)
Summer begins with the biggest crossover movie ever made. The confirmed line-up includes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Mark Ruffalo is replacing Ed Norton as The Hulk. They all fighting Thor’s brother Loki and, presumably, the Skrull army he helps invade earth. It’ll be fascinating to see how the lead characters are balanced and how they play off each other, it really does feel like something unique is happening. Director Joss Whedon has a daunting task on his hands.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: 11 May 2012
Based on the somewhat campy gothic soap opera from ABC in the late 60s, this follows noble Barnabas (Depp) and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Barnabas is turned into a vampire in 1752 and buried alive by the witch whose affections he rejects. When he’s finally freed in 1972 he returns to his manor to find it’s occupied by his dysfunctional descendants and other residents, all of whom have dark secrets. The movie is familiar tonal territory for Burton and Depp, perhaps too familiar.
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly
Director: Larry Charles
Release Date: 11 May 2012
The heroic story of a dictator (Cohen) who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses. Specifically, he is exiled to New York after being secretly replaced by a lookalike goat herder. The project is inspired by Saddam Hussein’s romance novel ‘Zabibah and the King’ which was a story about a nice dictator set 1300 years ago, that was really about himself. The movie is scripted, rather than another Cohen mockumentary, though it comes from the director of Borat and Bruno. It all sounds like potentially hilarious subject matter.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid
Director: Kirk Jones
Release Date: 11 May 2012
Romantic dramedy, based loosely on the best-selling self-help book, which looks at the lives of four couples as they prepare to become parents. Lopez plays a woman who adopts from abroad after difficulty conceiving. Banks is an author militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time. Kendrick reunites with an old flame and fellow food-truck owner and becomes pregnant. This is a large ensemble, no doubt inspired by the success of Valentine’s Day. Though with the director of Everybody’s Fine and Nanny McPhee on board, this hopefully should be a more intelligent and amusing movie.
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Liam Neeson
Director: Peter Berg
Release Date: 18 May 2012
A small fleet of naval ships on exercise off the Hawaiian islands finds itself pitted against an alien force intent on building a dangerous power source in the ocean. The movie will apparently show the battle from both the human and alien perspectives, which sounds ballsy. The set-up and visual style do everything they can to appear like a Michael Bay movie, hoping to catch a fraction of the Transformers crowd. Based on the board game, this would actually be getting people more excited were it not. 1985’s Clue showed that you can make a good movie based on a board game, and Pirates Of The Caribbean was based on a theme park ride. But this seems sillier because it’s not being played tongue in cheek. Also casting Rihanna isn’t helping its credibility. Hopefully it will turn out to be brain-off fun, at least a futuristic war movie set at sea is original and offers a spectacle not seen before.
Men In Black 3
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Rip Torn, Emma Thompson
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release Date: 25 May 2012
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return, as does director Sonnenfeld. This one’s a 3D time travel plot with Agent J (Smith) having to go back to the 60s to visit, and protect, a younger Agent K (Brolin playing Jones). Emma Thompson is an agent in the modern day, a secretary played by Alice Eve in the 60s. Jemaine Clement and Nicole Scherzinger are villains. Bill Hader is Andy Warhol. There have been numerous rumours that the production has been a bit of a mess. Let’s pray it’s a MIB, not a MIB II. The concept is still a great one and there’s no reason it can’t have some wild and inventive storytelling. Can’t believe it will have been 10 years since Men In Black 2.
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