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May Starts with Marvel
Friday, May fifth, brings us one of the most anticipated films of the year, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2”. For those of you who don’t already know, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on a Marvel comic first published in 1969. Volume One was a hit, earning over seven hundred and seventy million worldwide. Volume Two will address the questions set up in Volume One about Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) biological father.
Friday, May twelfth, begins with “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” starring Charlie Hunnam, who you may recognize from “Sons of Anarchy”, playing the iconic Arthur. For those more interested in comedy, “Snatched” is a perfect movie for Mother’s Day, starring Amy Schumer as Emily Middleton, a dreamer who persuades her careful mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her on an exotic vacation where misfortune and hilarity ensue. Lastly, this Friday, is “Lowriders” a drama set in LA about a young graffiti artist who uses his talent to help his family’s prize winning, classic car painting business.
Friday, May nineteenth, bursts in with “Alien: Covenant”. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in the second chapter of a prequel trilogy that began with “Prometheus”. It’s possible that “Everything, everything” will be the tear jerker of the month about a teen with severe immunodeficiency who decides she wants to date the boy next door. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is the fourth installment in the ongoing series of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies. This time we are taking a road trip to attend Me maw’s 90th birthday party.
Thursday, May twenty-fifth welcomes back the old classic “Baywatch” in which Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson), an experienced lifeguard, butts heads with a brash new recruit played by (Zach Effron). When Mitch begins to believe his beloved bay is in danger his team will come together to save it. This movie should have a similar tone to recent action comedies like “Twenty-One Jump Street”. This movie will also feature the return of Pamela Anderson to the series.
Friday, May twenty-sixth sails into theatres with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”. Johnny Depp returns in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow with Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner but with a new adversary, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is determined to kill every pirate at sea to escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Captain Jack’s only hope will be to seek out the legendary trident of Poseidon; which in mythology bestows power and control over the seas.
A little trivia for the month: the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films have earned over 3.7 billion worldwide. Most recently, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” earned over a billion dollars alone. So, it will be interesting to see whether “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be the number one box office sensation this month.