Welcome to the inaugural post of my new column, The Reel Deal! (Wop wop, I know. Bear with the corniness, dear readers.) I know that my record of column retention hasn’t exactly been stellar, but I see it as part of the blogging process. Sometimes, a column idea may sound great and promising, but once the rubber meets the road it may not be as interesting as expected, or in many of my cases it’s simply not sustainable given my personal schedule. And so I drop it. But the important thing is that I’m learning from my mistakes and making better decisions for the future. The Reel Deal is where I’ll be sharing with you about upcoming movies that I’m looking forward to, or a recap on the movies that I’ve watched. You can expect to see new posts twice a month, on the first and third Thursday.
With that, let’s kick things off with this month’s new movies.
The Fault In Our Stars
The trailer looks uber cheesy, but if the movie is anything like its literary original it’s going to be one heck of a smart, cheeky tear-jerker full of feels you probably didn’t know existed. For those not familiar with the YA blockbuster, The Fault In Our Stars is the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a snarky sixteen-year-old battling lung cancer, and her romance with the equally precocious Augustus Waters, himself a cancer survivor who is “on a roller coaster that only goes up.” I’ve deliberately steered clear of reviews, so I have no idea if the film is any good, but I’m pretty optimistic.
The Fault In Our Stars came out in theaters June 6.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
How To Train Your Dragon is one of my favorite films of all time. Which is saying something, as I’ve insisted that choosing favorite movies (or books) is like choosing a favorite child. That said, I’m not sure what to think in regards to its sequel, which came out last week. The trailer left me feeling torn. I’m excited to see the story continue, and curious as to how Berk has changed now that they’ve adopted dragons as their pets/steeds/beasts of burden. But I wasn’t expecting all the changes: how the characters are years older, how Hiccup’s mom is alive (??), how Hiccup himself is no longer the endearingly awkward underdog but the dime-a-dozen cool kid that leads the pack. Maybe I’m just being grumpy. It’s a sequel. Of course things are going to be different!
In any case, I’m still looking forward to the film.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 came out in theaters June 13.
So, the only reason why I know about this film is because of Chris Evans. Ha. But I’m glad I found out about it because it seems like a pretty interesting film. Based on a graphic novel by Jacques Lob, Snowpiercer is the story of the have versus the have-nots, and the rebellion that arises among the denizens aboard the titular train chugging its way across a decimated earth frozen over by an apocalyptic ice age. Granted, dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories have been flooding the box office these last few years, and yes I am getting bored with the repetition. But Snowpiercer looks promisingly different. It’s grittier than your average polished Hollywood blockbuster, and the film seems more interested in providing genuine social commentary as opposed to compensating a dull plot with explosions and flashy CGI. And I won’t lie, part of Snowpiercer‘s allure lies in its director, Bong Joon-ho. I haven’t seen any of his previous works, I’ll admit. But I’ve read up about him and his movies, and I like his approach to movie-making. He’s a big fan of social and political commentary, and never wants to repeat himself but rather tries to do something innovative with each new movie. Also, I admire how Bong wouldn’t back down when Snowpiercer‘s US distributor wanted to cut out 20 minutes of the film because they felt it was too long. “I’m not that kind of young, innocent film school student who is saying ‘Nobody can touch my movie!!’” Bong said in an interview, “I’m not like that, I can negotiate, but I really hope to protect and keep my vision.” And lucky for us, he did. Although according to Deadline, it’s at the expense of a limited release.
Snowpiercer comes out in theaters June 27.
Readers—What new movies are you looking forward to this month?