Looking Ahead to a Hot June at the Movies
The summer movie season is now upon us, and studios are releasing many intriguing movies in June. Let us take a closer look at several of the films getting a lot of attention.
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
This is the second "Snow White" movie to be released in 2012. However, "Snow White and the Huntsman" could not look more different from the previously released "Mirror Mirror." This version stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the evil queen, Ravenna. "Snow White and the Huntsman" appears to be darker and edgier than previous Snow White stories, and that is sure to appeal to many viewers. The fairytale character of Snow White is no mere damsel in distress in this film. Instead, she is an armor-clad fighter determined to defeat the queen, who wants to see her dead. The movie looks like an interesting take on a timeless story.
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
"Madagascar 3" returns all of your favorite characters from the first two movies for another adventure. Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are still trying to find their way back to New York, only this time, their adventure has taken them to Europe, where they join a circus. If you were a fan of the previous movies in this series, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" should be high on your list of must-see movies this summer.
Ridley Scott, director of "Blade Runner" and "Alien," returns with another science-fiction epic. "Prometheus" stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron as a team of explorers searching for clues to the origins of man on Earth. They become stranded on an alien planet as their quest leads them on an expedition through the universe, and they find something that could threaten the very existence of mankind. "Prometheus" is set in the same universe as Scott's "Alien" and is seen by many as a prequel. However, the marketing for the film has tried to steer clear of the connection, meaning it may be different from other prequels. If you are a fan of "Alien," "Prometheus" probably will not disappoint.
Another family movie coming in June is Pixar's "Brave," which is set in ancient Scotland and follows Merida, a young daughter of royalty and an aspiring archer. The story is put into motion when Merida goes against an age-old ritual that releases unintended evil upon her country. In response to the threat, she begins a quest to set everything right. "Brave" looks like another strong release from Pixar and Disney, which have brought the popular films "Toy Story," "Up," "Wall-E" and "Finding Nemo."
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation"
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" is a sequel to the 2009 movie "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." In this film, the G.I. Joes must not only do battle with the enemy Cobra, but they must also fight for their very existence when they are framed for crimes they did not commit and are disbanded by a presidential order. This film features Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Sure to be action packed and full of thrills, this film should appeal to fans of action movies and those who enjoyed the first film. Also, if you enjoyed "Battleship" or any of the "Transformers" movies, which are all based on Hasbro toys, you should give this film a shot.
What's not to like about our country's greatest leader killing vampires? In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," that is exactly what happens. Lincoln discovers that vampires are planning to attack and take over the United States, and he makes it his mission to hunt them down and kill them off. This movie is based on a book by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay and was involved in writing the recently released "Dark Shadows." Anyone can see from just the title that this movie is going to be over the top and at least partially ridiculous. If you like that sort of thing, you should go check it out. It is sure to be unique.
Other titles coming out this June that may be of interest to you include "Battlefield America," "Rock of Ages," "That's My Boy," "The Woman in the Fifth," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" and "Magic Mike." Summertime is normally the best time of year to see movies, and this year, studios have provided a wealth of entertainment for people of all ages and tastes to enjoy.