This summer is set to deliver back-to-back blockbusters, from Disney’s live-action remakes, to spin-offs of beloved franchises, here are our top picks for this year’s summer screenings.
Children of the Sea (June 27)
Tired of all the Hollywood CGI? There’s an alternative. Adapted from Daisuke Igarashi’s five-part manga series, the hand-drawn feel of Children of the Sea will give you all the feels and a front-row seat to what goes on under the waves. The film also features music by renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, who’s penned tunes for more than 100 films, including Spirited Away and Ponyo.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (June 28)
For those who are still reeling from the unexpected ending of the final instalment of the Avengers series, you’ll now have a chance to mourn a loss (no spoilers, please) along with Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, as he goes backpacking around Europe with his besties. Oh, and gets recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D to help save the world, obviously.
Toy Story 4 (July 11)
The latest masterpiece from Pixar Studios features a star-studded voice cast that sees familiar voices Tom Hanks and Tim Allen joined by Good Girls’ Christina Hendricks, Get Out’s Jordan Peele, and the internet’s boyfriend Keanu Reeves. The film sees Forky (Tony Hale) in an existential crisis about being a toy, his escape from the rest of the pack, and figuring out what it means to be a toy.
The Lion King (July 25)
The second highly anticipated remake from Disney this year sees superstars such as Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, Beyoncé and Seth Rogen lending their voices to these iconic characters. Hans Zimmer, who scored the animated version, also scores the live-action remake. We’re especially excited to see how ever-advancing technology will allow for hyperrealistic visual effects, thanks to the use of motion capture and virtual reality tools.
Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (August 1)
A spin-off of the box-office record-breaking Fast & Furious franchise, this features Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, as federal agent Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. While the duo might not always see eye to eye, they work together to take down an international terrorist. Idris Elba plays the bad guy they have to beat.
Weathering With You (August 8)
Following the success of the 2016 Japanese animated drama Your Name, director Makoto Shinkai returns with Weathering With You, a coming-of-age story that follows high school student Hodaka Morisha as he leaves his island hideout and moves to Tokyo, where he meets an ingenue named Hina Amano.
Little Q (August 15)
Based on the best-selling Japanese novel The Life of Quill, the Seeing-Eye Dog by Ryohei Akimoto and Kengo Ishiguro, this adorable-looking film follows the heartwarming story of a golden retriever puppy named Quill (he has a feather-shaped birthmark), as he trains to become a guide dog. This Hong Kong movie adaptation stars singer and actress Gigi Leung, Simon Yam Tat-wah, and nine-year-old Chinese internet sensation Chutian Liu.
The Current War (August 15)
Helmed by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, this American historical drama is based on the War of the Currents, ie the battle between electricity gurus Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), which would determine whose lighting system will be used for generations to come.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (August 22)
Angry Birds 2 (August 22)
Everyone’s favourite Birds and Bad Piggies return in the highly-anticipated sequel to a film nobody saw coming. This time around, they unite to fight a common enemy - another group of birds who are plotting to invade their island. With a star-studded cast including Awkwafina, Josh Gad and Nicki Minaj, we have pretty high expectations of this one!
Yesterday (August 30)
What would happen if you woke up one day and you were the only person in the world who remembered the songs of the world’s most famous band? Written by romcom legend Richard Curtis, Yesterday is a story about musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) and his rise to fame as he “writes” and releases the Beatles’ iconic tunes. As well as Mamma Mia star Lily James, who plays Jack’s childhood friend Ellie, the film features songwriter supreme Ed Sheeran, which is reason enough to catch this musical romp this holiday.