Movies: May Edition!
My absolute favorite time of the year for movies is awards season, which comes later in the year. But my second favorite time of the year for movies is definitely the spring/summer season.
A bulk of the big studio films start to make their way into the theater around this time. A few movies that I'm mostly looking forward to in MAY are:
- Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2
- Alien: Covenant
- Everything, Everything
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Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2 (Sci-Fi / Action)
Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2 follows the "team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage"....and is the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (of course lol). I was hesitant to see the first installment back in 2014, but I was pleasantly surprised leaving the theater aftwards. It's one of my favorite Marvel films to date, in fact. I love the chemistry between the entire cast. The writing, direction, and cinematography were all fun -- and that soundtrack?! We still listen to it to this day! :)
I'm looking forward to its sequel. I know it probably won't be as good as the first (are sequels ever nowadays!? lol) but I hope it's entertaining and surprises me in a good way. I hope! :)
Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Vin Diesel -- check out Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2, in theaters next weekend on May 5th!
Alien: Covenant (Sci-fi / thriller)
Alien: Covenant is partly a sequel to Prometheus but also somewhat of a prequel to the original Alien film that premiered back in 1979 (did I get that right? lol). Can you believe that incredible movie is almost 40 years old!? Wow!
Ridley Scott went back to his "alien roots" with Prometheus in 2012 -- and he's back with its sequel (and Alien prequel) with Alien: Covenant.
This installment brings us back to the universe Ridley created for Alien and follows "the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet, as they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape."
I must say, I became a true fan of the Alien franchise due to my boyfriend. One of his favorite movies is Alien. I rewatched it a few times now (and the other installments as well) and it definitely holds up and is still an incredible film. I'm a fan of Ridley's -- Tony Scott (Ridley's little brother and fellow filmmaker) was my favorite though of the Scott's, God rest his soul (one of my favorite films of all time, Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning, was directed by Tony -- but that's a whole other post).
But Ridley has an incredible filmography as well. Prometheus was a good movie, but I expected more. I hope Alien: Covenant delivers. The trailer itself is harrowing and that new poster is haunting (I couldn't post it here because it was too disturbing lol! But check it out on IMDb).
With an incredible cast that includes Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston -- and directed by Ridley Scott, check out Alien: Covenant, in theaters on May 19th!
Everything, Everything (Romantic / drama)
Everything, Everything is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon that I read a month or so ago. I saw the trailer for this movie before reading the book and I was immediately surprised to see a young black female lead opposite a young white male lead...in a young adult, romantic drama. This does not happen often, people. Diversity in YA novels is rare. I absolutely loved this -- and that's what initially hooked me from the get-go. :)
The movie follows a teenager, Maddy Whittier, "who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, as she falls for the boy who moves in next door."
I read the book and I really enjoyed it! I actually read it in one sitting -- just took me a couple of hours. It's a very easy and entertaining read (and I plan on writing more about it in a separate post).
I'm excited to see Amandla Stenberg (as Maddy Whittier) in her first big role since The Hunger Games (as Rue opposite Jennifer Lawrence). I remember watching her in The Hunger Games and have been looking forward to seeing more work from her. (I had forgotten she played a young version of Zoe Saldana back in 2011 in the film, Colombiana, which was her first movie role. She also starred in the short lived Mr. Robinson on NBC back in 2015, opposite Craig Robinson.)
The film also stars Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, and Ana de la Reguera -- and is the second feature film by director Stella Meghie (a black Canadian filmmaker whose other credit includes Jean of the Joneses!)
Make sure to check out Everything, Everything when it hits theaters on May 19th -- and the book as well! :)
Some "maaaaybe" movies I might (maybe) see are:
- Snatched -- starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, in theaters on Mother's Day
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales -- starring Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, in theaters on May 26th. The only reason I would want to see this one is because of Javier. :)
What movies are you looking forward to, if any, in May!? Let's chat! :)
*(Movie descriptions taken from IMDb and all three movie poster photos belong to and are the property of their respective owners.)