It's finally time for the big movies to start rolling out. That time from Christmas to spring is really a long slog. For some reason, although the world is trapped inside to survive the rest of winter, Hollywood chooses that time of year to throw dreck at the screen. That all changes once March turns into April.
There are a slew of movies coming out this spring and summer that, quite honestly, look awesome. Of course, this list below is entirely my opinion and you can probably see I have a distinct bias towards comic book films.
OK, that being said, here are the must-see movies for Spring/Summer 2014:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4) - I have always been a fan of Cap, even though his comic book rarely had the excellence that the character deserved. Captain America's story is very compelling - a World War II hero who gets frozen and awakens in modern day. Technically he has no superpowers, but the Super Soldier formula in his body has made him the "peak of human perfection." The first movie was very good, but the previews of this sequel make it look really excellent. I am hoping that this proves to be the case and plan on being in the audience when it opens. Rated PG-13.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2) - For some reason the first Amazing Spider-Man movie got a really bad rap. I still don't understand it. My wife and I saw it and thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was one of our favorite movies of 2012. I liked Andrew Garfield better as Peter Parker and pretty much love anything Emma Stone is in. I am excited about the sequel, but also worried. It looks like they have crammed a TON of villains into this thing and that worked very badly for Spider-Man 3. Still, the trailers have looked amazing and I am hoping that this one turns out to be a blast. Rated PG-13.
Godzilla (May 16) - I am hoping that this American remake finally gets it right. The first attempt, back in the late 90s, was a disaster. This one appears to be more "official" in terms of the Godzilla canon and the trailers look just fantastic. I grew up watching these films and even had a Godzilla toy. I am very excited about this one and hope it turns out to be as good as it looks so far.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) - Of the X-Men movies, for me the best is still the second one X2. However, right after that would be X-Men: First Class. I thought that this one that showed the origins of Professor X and the creation of the X-Men was outstanding. This one returns director Bryan Singer and allows the cast from First Class and the original X-Men run to be in the same film all thanks to time travel. I was unsure about it at first, but then the trailers came out. This one has the potential to truly be epic and I hope it delivers.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1) - Another comic book film, but based on a team that many are not really familiar with. To be honest, I am unfamiliar with this team as they didn't really get their own series until after I had stopped collecting. However, the trailers for this one looked interesting and the cast is stellar. Also, it has Karen Gillan in it as the villain and I am such a Doctor Who fan, that automatically gets me interested.
And here are a list of movies that look intriguing, but I am kind of waiting to see what the critical reaction will be before committing:
Oculus (April 11) - Karen Gillan again. This time it's a horror film involving a ghost-mirror. The trailers look creepy, but they sort of also look like EVERY horror movie does these days. Curious about it, but waiting to see.
Transcendence (April 17) - I don't know what to think about this one. Johnny Depp as a scientist who consciousness is uploaded to a huge computer and then he, I guess, takes over the world. Intrigued because Christopher Nolan had a part in getting this one produced, but just not sure about it. It will either be mind-bending and cool or some horrific remake of The Lawnmower Man and no one wants that.
Maleficent (May 30) - Sleeping Beauty told from the point of view of the villain. The costumes and effects, judging from the trailers, look amazing. Angelina Jolie looks amazing as the title character. I have high hopes, but this is another one that will either be great, or an outright disaster.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30) - Seth MacFarlane does another live action comedy here. If you are like me, you are getting just a tad sick of MacFarlane and this is coming from a diehard fan of Family Guy. However, the trailer for this film (which you can still find online) was just outright hilarious. I hope the rest of the film is, too.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22) - The original was a technological masterpiece in bringing that noir crime comic to the big screen. The sequel, so far, appears to promise more of the same. However director Robert Rodriguez has his days when he is very on, and then he can be very, very off. If he had more off than on during the filming of this one, watch out. If he was on, this could be a masterpiece.