If y’all are anything like me, it’s been a struggle to get through this morning. You deserve a little break for making it this far into Monday, and I’m here to make it happen—with a new edition of Trailer Party, our occasional feature in which we check out trailers for some upcoming movies—only sometimes YA-related—and then determine whether they’re worthy of us giving up two-ish hours of our reading time.
We’re gearing up for summer blockbuster season, so there is a lot coming out in the next few months. (This is by no means a comprehensive list.)
Release Date: Apr. 14
In Order of Appearance: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When the Mother Cussing SUBMARINE busts through the ice.
Bonus Factor: Charlize Theron as a villain (even though that hair is terribad).
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Theater. This is the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise, and with each consecutive film, they get more and more ridiculous. This one promises to be filled with such moments … and you bet I’ve had my tickets for opening night since they became available.
Release Date: Apr. 14
In Order of Appearance: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Tim Blake Nelson, Austin Stowell
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When Anne’s character readies herself (and the monster) for battle.
Bonus Factor: Anne Hathaway as a kaiju. I mean.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Theater. I have a feeling this movie is going to be a surprise hit, and I want to be able to say I was in there at the beginning.
Release Date: Apr. 28
In Order of Appearance: Tom Hanks, Patton Oswalt, Emma Watson, Karen Gillan, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Smith Cho, Amir Talai, Bill Paxton, Glenne Headly
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When John’s character says “Things at The Circle, they need to change.”
Bonus Factor: Tom Hanks as a charismatic Mark Zuckerberg-like villain. (I’m apparently all about the villains today.)
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Netflix. As someone who’s been a social media user since college, I know the inherent dangers and am well aware of the fact that I am “being watched.” I don’t know that I really want to be reminded of this fact, nor do I want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. But I am fascinated by the idea of this movie (and haven’t read the book), so I might have to see what the fuss is about. Eventually.
Release Date: May 5
In Order of Appearance: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Rocket Raccoon, BABY GROOT, Elizabeth Debicki, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When Baby Groot plugs in the speaker.
Bonus Factor: More Guardians of the Galaxy. If you don’t love this kooky band of misfits, I honestly think you need to go watch the first movie again until you’ve changed your mind.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Theater. Like most Marvel movies, this one’s obviously meant to be seen on the big screen, with giant speakers booming out the (yet again) killer soundtrack. Although, I pretty much think any movie set it space should be seen on the big screen at least once to really give you a proper “outer space is HUGE” feeling.
Release Date: May 12
In Order of Appearance: Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana, Poppy Delevigne, Djimon Hounsou, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Aiden Gillen
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When Arthur pulls the sword from the stone (natch).
Bonus Factor: Shirtless Charlie Hunnam.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Netflix. I really waffled on whether or not to rate this one theater-worthy, and I’ll likely still see it in theaters—but I see a lot of movies, many of which I maybe should have left for my Netflix queue. That said, I’m totally fascinated to see Guy Richie’s take on the King Arthur myth.
Release Date: May 19
In Order of Appearance: Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Taylor Hickson
Most Fist-Pump-Worthy Moment: When Maddy sees the pictures of the ocean taped all over her window.
Bonus Factor: This one’s actually based on a YA novel! Also: swoon.
Theater, Netflix or Sick Day: Sick Day. (See what I did there?) I’ve not read the book, but I have a sinking feeling that this movie isn’t going to end happily.
What say you, party people? Are you excited about any of these movies? Looking forward to any others coming out this month or next? Share your thoughts or other trailers in the comments!