I missed my preview of the nerdy movies coming out in July and August. Obviously Spider-Man: Homecoming came out in July and you can read my review of it here. Other than Spidey, though, the nerdy movies coming out over the next two months are pretty thin. There aren’t a lot of them, but I actually want to see all of them, which isn’t always the case.
War for the Planet of the Apes – July 14, 2017
I have seen both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. They are both great movies and I have no doubts that War for the Planet of the Apes will be just as great. However, I haven’t seen either of the first two movies in the theater and I don’t know if I’m going to see the third in the theater either. When Rise of the Planet of the Apes hit theaters, I heard that it was good but didn’t see it on the big screen. When it came out on Blu-ray, though, I bought it and eventually watched it. I did the same for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Even Alycia who was unsure about the first movie, actually sat down to watch it even though she wasn’t planning on it. I’m excited to see how the series resolves with Caesar and whether or not we’ll finally get to see some CGI Charlton Heston.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – July 21, 2017
The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies ever, so I have been on board with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets since I first heard the Luc Besson was directing it. I haven’t seen any of Besson’s other work, but I am excited to see him once again tackling a science fiction epic. Honestly, if I didn’t know anything about Valerian other than it’s a science fiction movie directed by Besson, then I’d still see it; that’s how much I love The Fifth Element. For me it’s just icing on the cake that the trailers make it look like a very fun, entertaining and gorgeous movie.
The Dark Tower – August 04, 2017
The Dark Tower seems like it has been in development for 10 years; I think it’s actually only been five years. The project was first envisioned as a series of movies with some television series in between to fill the gaps. As someone who has read the entire Stephen King series, I would have been on board with a fully unabridged telling of the story. The Dark Tower doesn’t appear like it’s going to kick off years’ worth of content; I’m sure Sony is just hoping that it’s popular enough to spawn a sequel or two. I’m excited to see Idris Elba as Roland Deschain; he’s not who I pictured as the Gunslinger, but he’ll definitely bring his own spin to the character. The movie appears to bring in some elements from more than just the first book; I really am interested to see how it all plays out.
My ability to see these movies, as always, depends on my ability to get out of the house for a few hours. We’re moving this month, which might make it a little more difficult to get out to the theater. At least this summer I won’t feel compelled to go see Suicide Squad.
What nerdy movies are you looking forward to in July and August?