Jamie Neish: Stand by for a summer of fun

Godzilla. ELIZABETH OLSEN as Elle Brody. Pic: PA
Godzilla. ELIZABETH OLSEN as Elle Brody. Pic: PA
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Now that the warm weather is upon us and not one, but two superheroes have already been unleashed, it is high time to look at the big-budget blockbusters that will be saturating multiplexes over the summer. Prepare for plenty of sequels, R-rated comedies and the return of a Japanese icon.

This week sees the release of Godzilla (pictured), British director Gareth Edwards’ resurrection of the king of monsters, starring a host of A-list talent. It’s swiftly followed by two other fantasy films: X-Men: Days of Future Past, which sees characters from both X-Men timelines come together to alter the future, and Maleficent, the Angelina Jolie-starring re-imagining of a Disney classic.

As the months continue, there’s likely to be something for everyone, whether it’s adventure, animation or sci-fi you’re

into, Hollywood has it covered.

Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules, Teenage Mutant Turtles, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jupiter Ascending, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Edge of Tomorrow are all battling for audience attention and that coveted place atop the box office.

It’s not all about dark, serious and comic book adaptations, however, as there are several comedies on the way. The creator of Family Guy returns with A Million Ways To Die In The West, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reunite for 22 Jump Street and Melissa McCarthy takes her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) on the road in Tammy.

One blockbuster I’m particularly excited about is Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel have proved themselves better than anyone when it comes to superhero films and – based on the trailer at least – Guardians of the Galaxy looks to take the traditional comic book adaptation in exiting new directions.

Hollywood has so much on offer over the next few months that, whatever floats your boat, this is set to be a hugely exciting summer.

Read more from Jamie at www.emptyscreens.com