Steven Baker, Nick Mannion and Tim Skeval
As April comes to a close, the school year is winding down and with summer on the horizon, many new blockbuster movies are coming out. There are plenty of new movies coming out this year, like “Wonder Woman,” “Captain Underpants” and “The House.” Along with that, there are many fan favorite movie sequels coming out, like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Cars 3,” “Despicable Me 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” “The movies coming out this summer are going to be awesome. I can’t wait to watch the new ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’,” said junior Markos Petkopoulos.
“Fate of the Furious” is the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious Franchise. It is the first full movie released without former star actor Paul Walker, who died during the filming of the seventh movie. The movie was released on Friday, April 14 and set global box office records, earning an estimated $532.5 million worldwide in its first weekend to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend. However, in the US the movie’s opening weekend earned $47 million less than the previous Fast and Furious movie. J-D students had mixed emotions about the movie, “It just wasn’t the same without Paul Walker in the movie,” said junior Carlena Torrens. Senior Mikey Yonta agreed with Torrens, “The movie wasn’t as good because Paul Walker wasn’t in it,” said Yonta. Other J-D students, like freshman Tyler Brang disagreed with Yonta and Torrens. “The movie didn’t seem any different without Paul Walker,” said Brang. “Overall I think the movie was good, but not as good as the last one,” said freshman Kelli Wright.
Another movie many students are excited for is “Wonder Woman”. “I can’t wait to see a superhero movie with a girl as the lead role,” said sophomore Haleigh Summers. Though this is the first “Wonder Woman” movie, this isn’t the first time lead actress Gal Gadot has acted as Wonder Woman on the big screen. Gadot stole the show in “ Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice,” a movie that critics were hard on. Gal Gadot also played a minor role as “Gisele” in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Wonder Woman will be released on June 2.
Along with “Wonder Woman” another superhero movie students are excited for is “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Similar to “Wonder Woman” “Spider-Man” will have a new lead role, played by Tom Holland. “Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man ever,” said freshman James Richards. Alike Gadot this is not Holland's first time playing Spiderman. Holland had a minor role as the web slinger in “Captain America Civil War.”
This summer is full of great comedy movies coming out. Two that people are particularly excited for the are “Despicable Me 3” and “The House.” “Despicable Me 3” was extremely popular among students, “I love this movie because it brings out my childish sense of humour,” said senior Emily Pomeroy. Sophomore Ryan Blair agreed with Pomeroy, “I love the minions, they are so funny,” said Blair. The Minions were almost every student's favorite character, “The Minions are awesome because they look so cute and are so nice and funny,” said sophomore Cece Hatem. “The House,” starring Will Ferrell and “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler has also had high expectations among students. “I’m excited to see this movie, I love Will Ferrell,” said Blair. On the other side, Hatem said that she is “excited” to watch Amy Poehler because she is her favorite actress. “Despicable Me 3” and “The House” will both be released in theaters on June 30.
“Cars 3 will be very fun to watch,” said junior Eric Antosh. After racking up over $400 million with the first two movies, released in 2006 and 2011, the Pixar company looks to extend the tradition of Cars movies. Cars the movie has been all over the place from toys to actual rides in Disneyland. “I rode it when I went to Disney, everything looked exactly like the movie,” said Summers.
“Transformers: The Last Knight” will be: released on June 23. “I thought that Mark Wahlberg did a great job in the last Transformers movie (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”),” said sophomore Nolan Kinahan. Wahlberg will be returning in “The Last Knight,” which may be a shock to some Transformer fans. “ It feels like they change the cast for each Transformers movie,” stated junior David Tyler. Tyler is referring to the new cast that was in “Age of Extinction,” that did not include any human characters from previous movies. The original series starred Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.
No matter your movie preference, there's plenty of exciting releases to look forward to in theaters this summer.