I’m a little late on this post but it’s August typically the time of year when folks realize the end of summer is near. It’s also the end of the summer movie season and typically the weakest as far as the volume and anticipation of the movies released in August.
This year is no different first up and the most anticipated film to be released this month is “Dark Tower”. Based on a series of books by Stephen King and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. From my understanding the story has a old west meets mysticism vibe to it and has been set up to start a series of films and tv shows based on this property. I haven't heard much feedback on Dark Tower so unless it's flying under the radar I don't think that's happening.
The other highly anticipated movie released this month is “Detroit” based on the 1967 12th Street Riot and the Algiers Motel incident. The film has received mixed reviews from what I’ve seen, but most of the reviews have been positive with several reviewers proclaiming it an oscar contender. It’s telling a very important mostly unknown story in history so let's support it.
Next up is Halle Berrys “Kidnap” which is a mix of her previous film “The Call” and “Taken”. It’s about a mother who takes matters into her own hands when her son is kidnapped. I don't think it's one of her best and from my understanding the storyline is highly flawed. But everyone needs a paycheck.
On the documentary front is “Step” a inspiring story about a high school step team in Baltimore. Showing young students using the step team to help them achieve their goals and fight through curveballs life has to offer. I’ve heard it’s very inspiring for young girls.
For the horror fans coming out this Friday is “Annabelle Creation” a prequel to “Annabelle” and a part of the larger “Conjuring” universe. The film tells the story of how Annabelle came to be. “Annabelle” was mixed but if “Annabelle Creation” can create the chills and scares like the “Conjuring”. It could really provide the spark needed heading into the fall movie season, which is when most horror films are released.
On the comedy action front is “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” starring Ryan Reynolds and legendary cool Samuel L. Jackson. Reynolds is the bodyguard who must protect his client Jackson who is a hitman. The previews took a while to grow on me but I started coming around. If the laughs are there and the action has that random zany action like the previews show this could be one of those underrated sleeper hits.
There are a few more movies released this month but these are the biggest. If you noticed this blog is a little lighter than the May-July editions. Showing again how August is a afterthought during blockbuster movie season.