Movies to see this summer

Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 30, 2014

“Godzilla”

Release Date: May 16

“Godzilla” has been done countless times, and the last time was the massive flop helmed by “Independence Day’s” director Roland Emmerich, starring Matthew Broderick in 1998.  It’s a tried and true story we already know very well. Will this film be able to breathe new life into the franchise? The trailers and footage released so far look very promising. The film includes a fantastic cast with Bryan Cranston of ‘‘Breaking Bad’’ fame, ‘’Kick-Ass’’ star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe. Hopefully it will be a worthy successor to the “Godzilla” franchise and not just another dull and unimaginative remake/reboot.

“X-Men Days of Future Past”

Release Date: May 23

If there’s any type of movie that has been wildly successful these past few years, it’s a superhero movie. Tons of superhero films are coming out this summer, including the latest in the “X-Men” franchise, which was revived after the smash hit success of “X-Men: First Class.” “Days of Future Past” will feature characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy when they join forces with their younger selves from ‘‘X-Men: First Class’’ in an epic battle to change the past and save the future. These pairs of incredible casts include Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and fan favorites Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Halle Berry as Storm. Newcomer Evan Peters of “American Horror Story” fame will play Quicksilver. This all-star cast is setting up some high expectations for a summer blockbuster, after the dismal success of past ‘’X-Men’’ movies.

“The Fault in Our Stars”

Release Date: Jun. 6

John Green’s 2012 bestseller is the latest wildly successful and popular YA romance novel. The story of two teenagers who meet at a kids-with-cancer support group has tugged the hearts of nearly a million readers. The two star-crossed lovers are played by Shailene Woodley, hot off the success of another YA bestseller film “Divergent,” and newcomer Ansel Elgort as the dreamy Augustus. “The Fault in Our Stars” already has a huge fanbase who are eager to see the film adaptation of their favorite love story.

“The Giver”

Release Date: Aug. 15

YA novels are hugely popular to adapt for the screen, especially those about dystopian futures. With the hugely successful ‘’The Hunger Games’’ and “Divergent,” these types of teen novels are the latest craze. But before those, there was “The Giver.” This famous book has been a staple in classrooms since its release in 1993. There seems to be some changes made, Jonas is 12 in the book but in the film is played by a 25 year old actor, so it seems like they are making Jonas to be around 16 years old. They also seem to be adding a romance to appeal to the teen market as well. (Looking to “The Hunger Games” again- what dystopian future teen novel would be complete without a romance?) Meryl Streep plays the Chief Elder and Jeff Bridges plays the Giver, two incredible actors who will most likely end up being the best parts of the film. Some may wonder why the film won’t be in black and white, but we’ll find out this summer if the changes made will do this adaptation a service.

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