So the Summer movie season is over, and wasn’t it great? Almost all of the blockbusters have been at least good fun, and we’ve had three of the top 6 highest grossing films of all time in the space of a few months (Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron). The last few months have been relentless, with a major release more or less every week since the end of March. With this being the case pretty much every year for the last five years, a lot of people are saying that the Summer movie season has expanded, and is no longer just June and July, but is now around five months.
So that’s all the big films of the year, right? Well, let’s talk about October, a month usually reserved for not spending money on a Halloween costume, even though you KNOW you would look great dressed as Snake Plissken.
So I’ll get the obvious one out-of-the-way: Spectre, the follow-up to Skyfall, the biggest James Bond film of all time. Even though I doubt it’ll do the same numbers as the last installment, this will no doubt be a huge hit, and possibly join the billion dollar club. This is a big spy action film, and wouldn’t feel out-of-place in the middle of summer. You’ve also got The Martian (well, technically that’s out on September 30th, but that’s basically October), the new film from Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and a load of other stars. The there’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, Masterminds, an action comedy, The Walk, Robert Zemekis’ latest film with Joseph Gordon Levitt, that’s being pushed as a major IMAX release.
The very next week we have Crimson Peak, which again has a big star power and a big director, Hotel Transylvania, the sequel to a successful animation, and Pan, the latest adaptation of the Peter Pan story, which once again has a few major actors in it, including Hugh Jackman. One week after that Vin Diesel’s latest project The Last Witch Hunter is being released, as well as Paranormal Activity 18, a major franchise release, and the month is rounded out with… erm… Untitled New Line Horror Film… Well, apart from that last one, this line up features a number of major releases, and a lot of films that could be big box office hits, all released within a few weeks of each other. No wonder Billie Joe Armstrong wanted waking up at the end of September!
So what about November? Well, it’s nowhere near as busy as October, but you still have The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, another potential billion dollar film, Johnny Depp vehicle Black Mass, and Steven Spielberg’s latest directorial effort Bridge of Spies, and Pixar’s latest animation, The Good Dinosaur.
So finally we reach December, a month that usually has some big releases, for obvious reasons, but looking at the slate it still feels like it wouldn’t be out-of-place in the middle of Summer. Star wars: Episode VII is obviously the biggest release, but you also have The Peanuts Movie, another major animation, In the Heart of the Sea, a film that was originally going to be released at the start of the Summer (well, March, so the film industry’s version of Summer) before it was moved to December, and finally a film I’m personally not in any way excited for, Jem and the Holograms.
I should mention I have missed a few major releases, such as By the Sea, Angelina Jolie’s latest film starring herself and her partner Brad Pitt, Victor Frankenstein, unsurprisingly a Frankenstein adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, The Night Before, a Seth Rogen comedy that only belongs in winter because it’s set at Christmas, Suffragette, a film for which Meryl Streep has already been nominated for an Oscar, Burnt, Bradley Cooper’s remake of Chef, Sicario, an action thriller starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, and Steve Jobs, the Steve Wozniak biopic.
I know, some of these are better examples than other, and that’s why I’ve listed so many, but I hope I’ve proven that this Winter is looking like most Summers, in the film industry at least. This is in no way a complaint, and with the crowded superhero film slates over the next few years, we could soon be looking at a situation where there are major film releases every single week of the year. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? It sounds good now, but does it ultimately mean that big films will lose their appeal? Have they already lost their appeal? Share any and all thoughts in the comments.
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