This summer is full of promising movies. Here’s a roundup of five that you should check out that are based off of books and stories.
Ant-Man (July 17)
Paul Rudd stars as a criminal who is offered a shot at redemption. Aided by an inventor (Michael Douglas) and a new suit that can shrink him down to the size of a, you guessed it, ant. If you cannot get enough superheroes, look for this movie.
Pan (July 24)
A prequel type movie where Pan (Levi Miller) and pre-bad guy Captain Hook (Garrett Hedlund) team up to fight a new foe: Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). If you love fairytales, this is the movie for you.
Fantastic Four (August 7)
A rebot of the franchise has new stars including Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell as the four who are transformed and gain superpowers. If you’re looking for a new take on classic superheroes, here’s your movie.
Paper Towns (July 24)
The big screen rendition of John Green’s teen novel stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. If you’re looking for the ultimate teen roadtrip novel/movie, look no further.
Mockingjay: Part 2 (November 20)
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, the final The Hunger Games movie, is the conclusion to our list (despite its release being in the fall). Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, along with the many other actors the starstudded cast boasts, will reprise their roles for the finale of the franchise. I don’t need to tell you who this is for, because all of The Hunger Games’ fans will be there.
A little while back I had the pleasure of going to the movies and seeing Theo James— I mean Insurgent. Many of you know that Insurgent is the second in the Divergent trilogy, which is set to be made into four movies.
I adored this movie.
As someone who is very into sewing and fashion, I can 100% vouch for the excellence that was the costume department for Insurgent. Caleb’s Amity clothes were just a little too big and perfectly exemplified how lost he was, while his Erudite suit was sharp and showed him a position with more power. Four’s jacket made me so envious and it definitely added to his bad-boy air.
This movie, in my opinion, was better than the original book. There was a lot of good character-building, and twists that even I didn’t see coming. It truly showed how mixed up all these characters are in each other. They handled the ending the best way they could, but in my opinion it was a mistake to have written Allegiant like that. I would have taken it in a different direction.
An excellent element of this movie was Tris. Shailene Woodley is a very talented actress, and she played the part excellently. I appreciate that Tris made her own decisions and stepped up to be a leader when she was needed. The powerful woman is too infrequently used in pop culture, where it is more common to see a man make decisions. In Insurgent, Four always steps aside for Tris, because he knows just how capable she is and that she is extremely competent.
The movie follows the storyline of the book pretty closely, I cannot think of too many deviations. We got to see the leader of the Factionless (no spoilers here!) and Octavia Spencer was a great addition, playing Amity’s leader. Perhaps it has been too long since I read these books, but I cannot remember her story. If it wasn’t given to us, that would be a shame because she is such an interesting character.
Overall, this movie certainly held up to the first, and I’m very excited to see where the third movie takes us.