I very rarely get to watch movies, and almost never on the big screen. Heck, the last time I went to a movie theatre, not counting sitting in the lobby waiting to pick up my 15-year-old, was over 6 years ago. And that was for High School Musical 3. (What can I say, I have only daughters.) So I live through the trailers I find on YouTube and hope to one day watch some of these, if the time permits. If not, no biggie.
But, if I had to choose just one of the 2015 blockbusters coming out, which would I pick?
First, let’s look at the candidates. I have narrowed it down to four blockbusters based on film franchises which have been successful either immediately or built a large fan base. Let’s take them in order of release…
Avengers: Age of Ultron – I am totally jazzed about the success Marvel has had with their movies to date. It was the original X-Men trilogy that gave it strength but it has been the later installments which really created better movies. I think X-Men: First Class is one of my favorite comic book based movies ever. I really enjoyed Iron Man and Captain America. But in the Avengers universe, those (and the second Iron Man) are the only ones I’ve seen to date. No Avengers, no Iron Man 3, no Thor, no Captain America: Winter Soldier. So, this one is not my choice – too much background I’m not familiar with.
Mad Max: Fury Road – I believe May 15th will be, as Nicholas Hoult would say, a lovely day! What I’ve read and seen in the trailers make me REALLY want to see this one in all its big-screen epicness! WOW! I mean, WOW! Hardy looks to be a fantastic choice to replace Gibson’s Max, and Charlize Theron looks totally BA! This promises to be a game-changer in action movies. And, as I’ve never seen a Mad Max movie on the big screen, I’d love to see this one in said format. But, this’ll have to be choice number two.
Jurassic World – They’re dinosaurs, enough wow! (I think that’s how Chris Pratt says it in the trailer.) Yup, the original was completely ground-breaking. I recently watched a brief documentary on the programmers who came up with the CGI methods used to bring the dinosaurs to life. I’m jazzed to see more of the same. However, I read Jurassic Park before watching the first movie and felt the velociraptors in the films were just not nearly smart and scary enough comparatively. JP2 and 3 were let downs as well. I think the concept of man’s hubris in thinking he can not only control dinosaurs but build a super-alpha predatory dinosaur and control it is a great way to up the disaster ante, but it’s really nothing new to the series. So, no big-screen dinos for me.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – What other franchise says blockbuster more so than Star Wars? NONE! ZERO! Count ’em – ZIP! Sure, the prequel trilogy pretty much sucked, but George Lucas isn’t writing or directing this one. This is J.J. Abrams – the mastermind behind the Star Trek reboot. And – IT’S FREAKIN’ STAR WARS! Lightsabers, tie fighters, storm troopers, droids, wookies, and the millennium falcon; in a word – HECK YEAH! Oh, wait; that’s two words. See how stoked I am, I can’t even count right! Needless to say, this is my choice.
Sadly, I work retail and December is my busy time of year. That, and I’m a notoriously cheap dude! But, who knows, maybe I’ll treat myself to a little Christmas present this year – or a belated one in January.
So, which of those four would you like to see? If you could only pick one.