Top 30 Biggest Summer Movies Of 201213.09.11 # Summer Movies # 15 Comments
The Amazing Spider-Man
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen
Director: Marc Webb
Release Date: 3 July 2012
Spider-Man gets a slightly uncalled for reboot that takes him back to high school. 27-year-old Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) is the new Peter Parker and Mary Jane is nowhere to be seen, replaced by Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone). This time Spider-Man has to face down against the Lizard (Ifans) and the “Proto-Goblin,” (Khan) a test subject of Norman Osborn’s experimentations. Martin Sheen is Uncle Ben, who presumably has to be shot dead again. The director of 500 Days Of Summer takes over from trilogy director Sam Raimi. They’re also going for a much lower budget, so expect more character work, less morphing sand.
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Starring: (voices) Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah
Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Release Date: 13 July 2012
After a cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift, Manny, Diego, and Sid find themselves on an epic seafaring quest, encountering exotic sea creatures, ruthless pirates and being forced into acts of heroism. Before long they’ve hit land and are exploring a brave new world. The third instalment movie made close to a billion dollars worldwide, so here’s Ice Age 4. New members of the voice cast include Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Renner and rapper Nicky Minaj. The Scrat-centered teaser trailer was surreal and creative, hopefully the rest will follow suit.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Laura Vandervoort, Giovanni Ribisi
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Release Date: 13 July 2012
Wahlberg plays a Boston man whose childhood wish, for his teddy bear to come to life, came true. But as an adult the bear’s vulgar slacker lifestyle is interfering with attempts to woo Mila Kunis. Director Seth MacFarlane, of Family Guy, will provide the voice of the CG-generated Ted. It’s MacFarlane’s directorial debut and the premise should provide a suitable springboard for his edgy humour. Wahlberg showed great comic potential in The Other Guys. Described as “hard R” comedy.
The Dark Knight Rises
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 20 July 2012
It was a brave move naming a Batman film ‘The Dark Knight’, since it didn’t have the word ‘Batman’ in it. There’s nothing bold about the title here. That aside, this is easily the year′s mainstream highlight, the film that is going to dominate coverage. The plot is still virtually unknown, but Tom Hardy has been cast as Bane, Anne Hathaway will be Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a beat cop and Marion Cotillard plays a Wayne Enterprises board member. Director Christopher Nolan has made it clear this is the final chapter for his Batman, so expect fireworks and major character death, probably. Bane is famous for breaking Batman’s back. Can’t wait to see it.
Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt
Director: Frank Coraci
Release Date: 27 July 2012
A city hotshot (Stiller) moves out to the suburbs and is forced to join the local neighbourhood watch association, which consists of suburban dads looking to get time away from their families. The group’s mundane day-to-day existence becomes more eventful when they stumble across an alien plot to destroy the world. Yes, the comedy sci-fi plot sounds suspiciously like this year’s Attack The Block. Nonetheless, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the team behind Superbad, Pineapple Express and Green Hornet, this has got a terrific comic cast (even if the newly stick-thin Jonah Hill is less appealing than he was). From the director of Hot Rod.