School's out and the summer sci-fi movie swing is starting!
May provided a good warm-up for the summer, especially with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. Can June keep the heat up with Wonder Woman, Transformers: The Last Knight, The Mummy and Despicable Me 3 (which I include, because Minions)? Let’s take a quick look.
When Gal Gadot made her first appearance as Wonder Woman it did a lot to save the epically dreadful Batman vs. Superman. The comic book hero crowd breathed a sigh of relief and allowed their hope for the Wonder Woman movie to soar.
The question now becomes, "can Gal Gadot really pull it off?” While the trailers have appeared visually and stylistically perfect every time I see Gadot's face I am reminded of how young she is and just how un-Amazon like she seems to be. I've come to expect a certain maturity in the Wonder Woman character, whether drawn in a comic book or portrayed on the screen.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Optimus Prime is gone.
Why do the Transformers keep coming back to Earth and what have they decided to wage war with humans? Those are the secrets which must be uncovered by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) and others as this final picture on the Transformers franchise plays out.
I'll admit, frankly, that I have not been a fan of the franchise since its inception. To be sure there have been some "Ooooo" and "Ahhhhh" moments but overall it the franchise looked like a never-ending story with cliff-hangers that are all too obvious. Fun? Absolutely! Satisfying? Maybe that was never meant to be trait of any of the movies in the series. Let's hope this final episode really wraps up this story arc because Bumblebee gets his own spin-off in 2018 while there as Transformers 6 (so much for this arc) scheduled for 2019.
What's this? Tom Cruise bouncing about in yet another cargo plane?
This will be the first look at the Universal Monsters shared universe which is set to include takes on Van Helsing, Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein and others all set in present day and leaning more towards action-adventure, rather than horror.
The trailer reveals the action-adventure philosophy in spades. Flying sequence, underwater sequence, destruction of public property sequence all done breathtakingly. The wannabe queen’s Dad really ticked her off and now she is bring all of that wrath into play.
The other Universal Monsters films are all in some stage of development, with no other release dates scheduled and all of them lacking titles. If The Mummy is as fun a romp as the trailer predicts then we can all look forward to the other installments in this universe.
Despicable Me 3
I know, I know. Despicable Me 3 is not strictly a science fiction film but with the super powers, gadgets and aliens it sure is close.
The story is formulaic, introduce new bad guy who is seemingly better than Gru and the allow hilarity to ensue. But the writers of DM always throw in a twist. DM2 revealed a love interest for Gru, this time it is revealed Gru has a long, lost and very goofy, twin brother. The trailer shows us the twin, Dru, is very wealthy and is looking to join forces with his brother in permanently taking their spot at the top of the Super-Villain pile.
Will the partnership last? We won’t know until moments before the closing credits. Will it be funny? If the trailer is any indication the movie will have its moments and at the very least the Minions will always make us smile.
There you have it! June’s sci-fi movie line up looks like a fun romp through some well-known stories and characters so grab your popcorn, refill your soda and get comfy!