Movies We’re Excited for In May
While April seemed to be dominated by the release of Avengers: Endgame, May promises to bring a diverse lineup of movies, including a number of animated-live action crossovers that should inspire curiosity for moviegoers going into the summer. Here’s a few of the movies we are anticipating in May:
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu: With the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu pulls together live action and animation for a compelling early summer release. Set in the Pokemon universe, Pokemon fans will be in for a treat with the first live action release in the franchise. Given the hyper-realistic detail, much of the plot of the movie seems to revolve around the interaction between the Pokemon and humans, focusing on the search for a missing detective. The Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps)-directed Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is set for a wide release Friday, May 10.
The Hustle: While on the surface this simply appears to be a female remake of the 1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, it carries a more modern twist. Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway team up to outfox the men that have wronged them. The juxtaposition between Anne Hathaway’s riches and Rebel Wilson’s working-class characters serves to make this a hilarious, thoughtful, and deeply entertaining summer comedy. Catch The Hustle theatres Friday, May 10.
The Sun is Also a Star: This coming-of-age romance film recounts a painful situation – the prospect of falling in love with someone who will, or must move away. Natasha (played by Yara Shahidi of Black-ish), a Jamaican living in New York, and Daniel Bae (Charles Melton of Riverdale), an exchange student, meet in New York City and begin to fall in love. The only issue is, Natasha’s family is set to be deported to Jamaica just a few days after they meet. The tension of these converging storylines play center stage in The Sun Is Also a Star, headed for theatres May 17.
Aladdin: Disney continues their live-action streak with Aladdin. Given that Disney’s other major live-action release this year, Dumbo, was met with a lukewarm response, anticipation is rising to see whether or not mediocrity in live-action Disney films was a one-off or if it will become a trend. Seeming to follow the plot of the original, animated film, Aladdin leaves a lot of open questions (Will Smith as the genie?) in the run-up to its release. Find Aladdin in theatres Friday, May 24.
Rocketman: Most of us don’t know who Reginald Dwight is, but we definitely know Elton John. As it turns out, they are the same person. So goes the story of John’s career, showcased in Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith, Bohemian Rhapsody)-directed Rocketman. Rocketman promises to be a dramatic biopic, going from Elton John’s (Taron Egerton) earlier years as a standout at the Royal Academy of Music through his long and prolific career. Rocketman comes to theatres the last Friday of the month, May 31.