So the usually consistent performance of films based on Marvel Comics didn’t come through last month with Dark Phoenix. Don’t expect that same disappointment amongst the July movies when Spider-Man: Far from Home swings onto screens. The world needs to know how Peter Parker can sit through math class after floating around space as dust for five years. Here’s that and the rest of the month’s releases in our July movie preview.
July 3rd– Spider-Man: Far from Home, Midsommar
Our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is on tour in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Our first full-length look at the post-Endgame MCU, has Peter Parker returning to school and his regular life while balancing his superhero status. On a field-trip to Europe, he’s forced into action. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury joins the fray along with Jake Gyllenhaal’s debut as Mysterio, who is very… mysterious.
As we approach mid-summer, we get the aptly named horror flick Midsommar. A couple, played by Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor, travel to Sweden for a legendary festival. Not a music festival, more of a hold hands and dance around in a circle festival. Turns out it’s a cult and after drinking some questionable substances, the visitors are terrorized. The trailers leave a lot of questions and potential for nightmares.
July 12th– Crawl, Stuber
Major hurricanes are scary enough. But Crawl decided to make them even creepier. Kaya Scodelario plays a daughter attempting to save her father (Barry Pepper) who has been trapped in his home by a storm. But as the house begins to sink beneath the flood waters, a ridiculously massive alligator (or maybe multiple alligators) won’t allow them to escape.
Kumail Nanjiani plays an Uber driver named Stu in Stuber. Get it? Dave Bautista is a cop with poor vision in need of someone to drive him. When the two come together, the odd couple attempts to survive the deadly pursuit of a killer.
July 19th– The Lion King
We all know the plot of The Lion King. Simba, Mufasa, Scar the rude uncle. Then after some “Hakuna Matata” we can call it a day. But the story surrounding this iteration is the voice cast. Star-studded is an under-statement. Donald Glover, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen plus many more. It’s impressive. I do have a bit of a bone to pick with this movie though. If the whole film consists of computer-generated characters and settings, it is not live-action. This is just a different style animation from the 90s cartoon.
July 26th– Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in 1969 Los Angeles. DiCaprio plays a declining actor and Pitt is his stunt double friend. They both attempt to rise in status as Hollywood’s iconic golden age is ending. From there a lot of real-life references and characters fill out the story. There’s Charles Manson and his “family,” actress Sharon Tate played by Margot Robbie and various actors of the era played by familiar names.
It’s quite a short list this month. Most months clutter up theater screens with 10-12 wide releases. But the six July movies look like a good time. I’m excited to see Mysterio, a classic Spider-Man villain, make his big screen debut in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Stuber looks like a funny action comedy too. I’m all about the explosions and laughs this month. So grab some popcorn and go to cool off at the theater. Not to brag, but my theater has milkshakes. That’s probably a better summer snack than popcorn.