I have to say, unlike last summer, I'm really excited about this summer's movie line-up. There are so many great looking titles being released in the upcoming months, including documentaries, indie's, giant blockbusters, and everything in between. I think I'm excited about something in almost every genre. To give you an idea of some of the great titles being released this year, I've compiled this list of the 18 I'm most excited to see, and hopefully, there will be some on this list that you get excited for as well!
Side Note: Yes I realize Solo is not on this list, but I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, so I didn't really have anything to say about it. But I'm acknowledging it here because I realize it will probably be at the top of many people's lists, and I didn't want to not include it.
RBG (May 4)
While I am aware of who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, I'll admit I don't know much about her other than that she is a well known female Justice of the Supreme Court. But after watching the trailer for and hearing about this documentary, I'm very excited to see it and get the chance to learn more about her. Even just from the trailer, she seems so incredible, and I'm so glad to be seeing a real life powerhouse woman having her story told on screen.
Life of the Party (May 11)
I have loved Melissa McCarthy from her days of playing Sookie on Gilmore Girls. And boy has she come a long way since then. Life of the Party seems like it will be a great mix of her softer side and her more crude side from recent films in one role. It looks extremely funny and quite honestly is one I will be seeing with my own mom, as we love these types of comedies.
Deadpool 2 (May 18)
For those of you out there who are not superhero fans, and therefore not considering going to see this movie, I hope you will reconsider. The first Deadpool was unlike a lot of the superhero films that came before it (and believe me I've seen almost all of them), and quite honestly could almost be considered a satire of the genre with the way it pokes fun at the typical hero storylines. It had a great romance story, was absolutely hilarious, and had some great action scenes. You can tell how much fun Ryan Reynolds has playing this role, and he is amazing in it. I'm so excited to see how the story continues, as this one looks just as funny as the first one, so hopefully, you will give it a chance if you aren't a fan already!
Fahrenheit 451 (May 19)
So I'm going to be honest and admit I have not read this book, although it is definitely on my list of must-reads. But I have heard so many good things from people who have, and so I'm very interested to see what they do with the movie of such a beloved story. From the trailer, it looks really intriguing, so I will definitely be checking it out when it premieres on HBO. Also, Michael B. Jordan is in it, so... yea I think it will be great.
Mary Shelley (May 25)
In this new age of women being able to come forward and tell their stories, especially about unfairness in the workplace, the struggles of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley seems like a perfect story to be bringing to the big screen. I feel like a lot of people still do not know that one of the most popular monster stories of all time was in fact written by a woman. Or that, she for some time did not get the credit she deserved for it, just because people thought a woman could not possibly be such a successful writer. This is one that I'm looking forward to the most, especially because I can't wait to see what Elle Fanning brings to the role.
Ocean's 8 (June 8)
So this movie has been getting a lot of heat from people saying it will be the next Ghostbuster's reboot flop. For those of you who may not know, there were many people opposed to the idea of the Ghostbuster films being rebooted with an all female cast, and the same thing is now happening with this new Ocean's film. But honestly, I think this movie is going to be good regardless of the stereotypical heist that it is advertising will take place. I mean have you seen the cast? A movie with Sandra Bullock, Rhianna, and Mindy Kaling, and so many more, how could it not be awesome?
Incredibles 2 (June 15)
This honestly might be my most anticipated film of the year. I still remember going to see the first Incredibles movie in the theater with my family when I was younger, and I love it just as much now as back then. Between the stunning animation and great story, I'm really hoping this sequel can live up to the first movie. The trailer already has made me so excited, seeing Elasta Girl getting to take on a bigger role in the super world while Mr. Incredible tries to master being a stay at home dad. It is a refreshing and fun new way to shake up the family dynamic. Not to mention Sophia Bush is going to be in this one, so what more could you ask for?
Tag (June 15)
A movie based on a true story about a close group of friends that have been playing the same game of tag for decades. But when the champion, Jerry (Jeremy Renner) wants to finally end the game, everyone will only have one last shot to beat him. The movie stars Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, and Ed Helms, which seems like a great line-up. And it's nice to see an original comedy idea, so I'm really hopeful for this one that it will be really entertaining to watch.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)
I love the original Jurassic Park, but the sequels, not so much. So I was a bit apprehensive when the first Jurassic World came out a few years ago. But between the fun new story and Chris Pratt's awesome performance, I loved it way more than I thought I would. So, I'm excited to see where they go with this newest installment in the franchise. It looks like it will give me just as many thrills as the first one did.
The First Purge (July 4)
While I am not a huge horror series fan, I do have quite a few that I love to follow, which of course includes the Purge movies. I'm fascinated by the concept of them, and actually was wondering if they would do an origin story of how the fictional holiday came to be. While none of the sequels have been as good as the original, I think this one will be different in the fact that it will open up the world a little bit more, and give us some context about how we could end up living in a world where for one day a year, crime is legal.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)
Now and days it seems like a new superhero film is coming out every other month, with no end in sight for either the D.C. or Marvel universes. And while I'm pretty selective about the superhero flicks I want to invest the time in to actually go to the theater to see, the Ant-Man films definitely make the cut. I love Paul Rudd, and his portrayal of Ant-Man has been great so far, he fits the part perfectly. Add in Evangeline Lilly (who I'm still obsessed with from Lost) as The Wasp, and I'm all in.
Sorry to Bother You (July 6)
I've heard so much buzz about this movie already this year from the Sundance Film Festival, so I'm really excited to finally see it when it is released in July. The movie stars Lakeith Stanfield from Get Out, which from the previews, is what the film instantly made me think of (although with a comedic aspect instead of horror). He plays a telemarketer who discovers that he is way more successful at his job if he talks like a white person. It also has a great cast including Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, and Armie Hammer. This will not be one to miss!
Eighth Grade (July 13)
This movie has been talked about a lot this festival season, and honestly, to me, it is probably because it looks so refreshing to the growing up genre. One of the reasons is probably because it has a cast that is actually playing the correct age, and really look relatable. It also looks like this movie will really be exploring what it will be like for this new generation entering high school who have never known a world without cell phones, internet, and social media. And I have been loving a lot of the films coming from A24 recently, so I'm excited to see what else they have slated for the year.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 20)
I love a good musical, and Mamma Mia! is no exception. I love how cheesy and fun the first movie was, and despite being a little confused about Meryl Streep's role in this new film, I'm still super excited to see it. The whole cast is coming back, along with some great new additions, such as Lily James and Cher! And I'm excited about the idea of it being both a sequel and a prequel, as we see a now pregnant Sophie learn more about her mother and how she came to be the woman she admires so much.
Christopher Robin (August 3)
I loved Winnie the Pooh growing up, and in fact one of my all-time favorite Disney characters is Eeyore, so I'm really excited to see it brought to life in this adaptation. And unlike a lot of the new live-action adaptations Disney is bringing us, this one will have a completely new and original story. I can't wait to see this movie, and just enjoy what looks to be a sweet, and heartwarming journey back to my childhood.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 3)
A spy movie starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon? Yes, please! I have always loved pretty much anything Kunis is in, and I think that Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest women in the business right now, so I'm sure this movie will be a hit for me no matter what. And yes, for all you Outlander fans out there, Sam Heughan is in this movie, despite him not being shown much in the trailer. So that's another obvious selling point for me.
The Darkest Minds (August 3)
From the previews, this movie looks like it will be a mix of Stranger Things, X-Men, and The Hunger Games, and to be honest, I'm totally here for it. In a future world where a plague has wiped out most of the Earth's children, the only ones who remain start to exhibit super-human abilities, which soon puts them on the run from the government. With the Maze Runner series coming to a close this year, I've been waiting to see what the next big YA adaptation would be, and looks like I finally have my answer. I may even try to read the books before I see the movie in August, as I've heard great things about them.
Crazy Rich Asians (August 17)
I'll be honest, I'm not too familiar with many of the stars of this movie, but judging by the trailer, I'm really excited to see what they can do in this movie. I've already heard great things about it from those who got sneak previews at festivals, and it sounds like it will be a charming and hilarious romantic comedy. Not to mention the cinematography and sets look stunning.
Now I want to know, are there any other movies coming out that I didn't mention here which you are excited about? If so, let me know in the comments below. And I'd also love to hear your thoughts on these films as well, so let me know which ones you are planning to see this summer!