Hey gang! It’s that time again—time for another edition of Trailer Party, in which we watch movie trailers and determine how worthy they are of us giving up a few hours of our precious reading time.
Many of summer’s biggest movies—e.g., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past—have already opened, but since it’s not officially summer for a few weeks yet, there are still a few summer films yet to open that will bring us the laughs, the action and the feels.
Release Date: June 13
In Order of Appearance: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Nick Offerman, Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco.
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: Channing Tatum’s “Sun’s Out Guns Out” tank top is perfection. Also: Proper punctuation ALWAYS gets points in my book.
Bonus Factor: Car chases! Explosions! Dick jokes!
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Sick Day. When I’m not feeling well, I need something mindless and entertaining to pick me up. I’ve also (sadly?) never seen the first movie.
Release Date: June 13
In Order of
Appearance Speaking: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou, Gerard Butler, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When Hiccup goes riding into battle backed by the somewhat overused but still epic “Kings and Queens” by 30 Seconds to Mars. Even if you don’t like the band, I think you’ll admit that the song definitely causes a crescendo of emotion.
Bonus Factor: More dragons! And, dare I say it, hot Hiccup? (Hiccup totally got Neville Longbottomed.)
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Theater. I came to the How to Train Your Dragon party late, unfortunately, but fell in love with the movie when I saw it on DVD. I don’t want to miss the chance to see this sequel in theaters.
Release Date: June 27
In Order of Appearance: Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Max Greenfield, Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms, Ken Marino, Kenan Thompson, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black, Jason Mantzoukas, Melanie Lynskey, Jack Brayer,
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: They had me at “from the creators of Wet Hot American Summer ...” But that moment at the end where Amy looks directly at the camera* is pretty hilarious, too.
*Sorry for the spoiler.**
**Can trailers have spoilers?
Bonus Factor: What an awesome cast. And although I love me a good romantic comedy, I think it’s awesome that there are movies like this that make fun of how ridiculous they can be.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Netflix. Although this looks supremely entertaining, I’m not sure I need to see it the moment it comes out.
Release Date: July 4
In Order of Appearance: Mark Ruffalo, Mos Def, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Keira Knightley, James Cordon, Rob Morrow, CeeLo Green, Catherine Keener
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: Hailee’s character telling Mark’s character (who I assume is her dad) that she spent her “pocket” money on condoms. His reaction and the sassy look on her face are fantastic.
Bonus Factor: Adam’s character getting shut. down.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Netflix. This is probably one of those films that won’t get a wide release. Not only does it have sort of an indie feel, but it’s been in post-production for ages. I’d still like to see it eventually, however, because it looks sweet.
Release Date: July 18
In Order of Appearance: Zach Braff, Pierce Gagnon, Joey King, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Donald Faison Ashley Greene and Jim Parsons
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: Dad!Zach Braff taking his daughter to the wig store and telling her she can pick any one out, “just as long as it’s unique and amazing” like she is.
JD Zach Braff and Turk Donald Faison together again.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Netflix. Zach Braff movies are hit and miss for me. I liked Garden State, but if I think about it, I can see why people describe it as a hipster movie that tries too hard. It’ll be interesting to see Zach in a fatherly role, but I’m not going to bother paying the big bucks to see it in a theater.
Release Date: Aug. 1
In Order of Appearance: Chris Pratt, Djimon Hounsou, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper (as the voice of Rocket Raccoon), Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel (as the voice of Groot) and John C. Reilly
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: If I say pretty much the entire trailer, would that be cheating? If I have to pick just one, I’d say the slo-mo swagger of the group that goes with the Peter Quill monologue.
Bonus Factor: A bunch of misfit superheroes band together to fight the evils of the universe—and Lee Pace, who’s the movie’s main villain.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Theater. This kind of movie is made for the big screen. The action, the special effects, Chris Pratt’s new physique. You can bet I’ll be seeing this movie at a “midnight” showing the night before it officially opens.
So party guests? How are you feeling about these selections? Are there any other summer movies you’re looking forward to? Share your thoughts or other trailers in the comments below!