Movies in May: Preview

May this year has many top drawer movie releases, but I’ve decided to choose the 3 that I think will be most successful this month:

1) Maleficent

This promises to be an interesting one. From Walt Disney Studios, Maleficent is the live-action story/retelling of Sleeping Beauty (1968) from the point of view of the Villain, the eponymous Maleficent. Sleeping Beauty’s reply to Wicked if you will. With Angelina Jolie cast as Maleficient, supported by a cast containing Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) and Juno Temple (Wild Child, Atonement), it promises to be an excellent addition to the Disney family.

UK Release Date: 28th May 2014


2) Godzilla

The big green lizard is back. Since it’s last excursion in the (quite terrible) 1998 Roland Emerich flick, Gareth Edwards of “Monsters” fame has managed to get his hands on the right to film a big budget blockbuster starring Aaron-Taylor Johnson (Kick-Ass, Nowhere boy), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House) and the man who Knocks himself, Bryan Cranston. This rendition of the classic monster flick will be way more extreme and destructive (and hopefully much better) than the last.

Release Date: 16th May 2014


3) X-Men: Days of Future Past

Now this is the one I’m most looking forward to. Based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men’s “Days of Future Past” story-arc, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time by Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) to help 1960’s Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) in order to battle in both the past and the present to help save mutant kind. There was a slight explanation to Stewart’s Xavier’s return in a post-credits scene in the 2013 hit “The Wolverine” following his demise in the previous instalment, so if you’ve not checked that out yet, I really recommend you do, it’s an awesome movie (The Last Stand, not so much). This is one of the most star studded casts I’ve ever seen, consisting of the 3 mentioned before alongside Halle Berry, Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage (Yes. Tyrion!), Jennifer Lawrence, need I go on? This looks like it will be the film of the month for me, and I really hope it doesn’t disappoint. Not to mention the posters are also pretty damn cool.

UK Release Date: 22nd May 2014


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