We’re just coming into the peak of summer, but the blockbuster season is already dying off – at least in a sense of movies to look forward to. It’s slim pickins this month, but with many people out enjoying the sunshine it’s probably best that there’s not a lot to be missing out on in cinemas. Having said that, there’s a handful that could be worth giving up a couple of hours in the sun for. Whether it’s a comedy, a drama or an action that you’re after, whether you’re looking to kill some time by yourself or to entertain the kids whilst they’re out of school, everything is catered for. Check out the top three below for inspiration.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2nd)
Well, it wouldn’t be summer without a Marvel release now, would it. Back for his second go-around as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Paul Rudd brings back the funny, this time with a partner-in-crime in the shape of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne/Wasp. With a female superhero credited in the title of a Marvel movie for the first time (with the upcoming Captain Marvel being the first solo female superhero movie for the comic book giant’s film studios), they’ve clearly taken note of the current changing climate in Hollywood. This movie will also likely explain Ant-Man’s lack of appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, and perhaps even hint as to what could happen in Avengers 4 next year (a standard post-credits scene will be all we need).
The Meg (10th)
Normally I wouldn’t be one for these ridiculous movies with ridiculous creatures and ridiculous lines from Jason Statham, but having read somewhere that director Jon Turteltaub fully understood the ridiculous concept and decided that this was an action movie featuring a ridiculously big ancient shark called a Megalodon and it was just something to have fun with made me look at it a bit differently. Potentially living somewhere between Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, The Meg could be just that: something to have fun with. I also firmly believe The Don would have been a far better title.
The Happytime Murders (27th)
One part Sesame Street and one part Avenue Q, this muppet-based comedy from the one and only Brian Henson, son of the great Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, has the potential to be a great source of entertainment. Having had The Muppets revamped in 2011’s The Muppets and the 2014 sequel Muppets Most Wanted, both featuring modern (human) comedy legends, we’re still fairly accustomed to seeing muppets and humans come together in fun and endearing stories. The Happytime Murders however, judging by its title, could be a step-up into the more adult humour of the stageshow Avenue Q (if you haven’t seen it, I very much recommend trying to catch it off-Broadway or touring the UK in 2019). This won’t be one for the kids.
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