May Movie Madness
By Keith Spencer
It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through the month, and the arrival of summer is upon us. As children finish school and families set off on vacations, many familiar and a few fresh faces will grace the golden screen as Hollywood’s hottest season gets underway.
May is certainly not exempt from the summer movie madness. This month has already seen the release of a few blockbusters, including Kenneth Branagh’s Thor starring Chris Hemsowrth and Natalie Portman. Released on May 6, the modern-take on the Norse legend has stood atop the box office for two consecutive weeks, however, the film may be in trouble with the release of several other superhero flicks later this summer.
Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are starring alongside Mad Men’s Jon Hamm is this month’s comedic choice, Bridesmaids. According to director Paul Feig, the film occupies a new genre of its own, a sort of “galmance”. The film is produced by Freaks and Geeks creator and Judd Apatow, and was released last weekend. With the growing popularity of its stars, the film is sure to make its mark at the box office.
This week, moviegoers are sure to flock to theaters as Johnny Depp returns in the fourth installment of The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The film is set to be released on May 20, and is the first to be directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, and Ian McShane who portrays the evil blackbeard. With the return of Jack Sparrow, the Captain of the Black Pearl, fans are sure to be entertained by his usual antics as well as the return of his father, once-again portrayed by Keith Richards.
Closing out the month are two sequels sure to sell tickets, the animated return of Jack Black and Angeline Jolie in Kung Fu Panda 2 and the party-boys in the Hangover 2. Ed Helmes, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis are sure to get into many an uncomfortable situation in one of the most high-profile releases of the upcoming summer season. Filmed in Bangkok, Thailand for nearly nine weeks, the mayhem and anticipation could drive the release to ecclipse its prequel, the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time.