A Mind-blowing May!
Superheroes. Friday The Thirteenth. Revenge. And some unforgettable moments. These are the sights and themes of a mind-blowing May. We start off with a bang with the only superhero that’s a god or is it a god that’s a superhero? We have some scary movies and girls who rather than crying, would take revenge on their cheating ex-boyfriends. We do have the classic Bollywood love story. Also, some very recognizable characters try to remember their unforgettable night and one of the great legends of Hollywood is releasing a movie after a decade. Let’s get it started.
Luv Ka The End (May 6th, 2011)
Yash Raj’s new sister production company, Y Films, is the more youth-oriented, louder, and balls-ier section. It’s first foray consists of a heartbreak. Rather than traditional Bollywood movies where in a heartbreak the actress is seen crying for her love, ‘Luv Ka The End’ breaks the tradition by extracting revenge on the guy that dumped her. Look for a girl power oriented movie with lots of clichés and some painful hits. The movie stars Shraddha Kapoor as the revengeful victim and the lucky (or unlucky) victim is Taaha Shah.
Haunted 3D (May 6th, 2011)
Always a director that takes chances and brings something different on the plate, Vikram Bhatt is doing just that by introducing 3D to Indian Cinema. The movie revolves around Rehan and the new property that his father is purchasing, Glen Manor. He soon realizes that certain mysterious occurrences in the manor may jeopardize the sale. However, when he investigates these inexplicable happenings he discovers a secret and falls in love with it. What he does not bargain for is that the secret brings him face to face with the biggest challenge of his life…how do you save someone that is already dead?
100% Love (May 2011)
South Indian movies have the tendency of bringing many offbeat romantic comedies to the big screen successfully. This one is no different. 100% Love stars Naga Chaitanya and Tamannaah Bhatia as the couples who are polar opposites but still find a way to fall in love. The trailer shows the premise of involving the scientific equations of love and the complete meaning of how love and science is as unpredictable as ever. Providing the music to this story is Devi Sri Prasad who has the knack of hitting the right notes to capture the right emotions.
Ragini MMS (May 13th, 2011)
Now here’s a film that might give you some doubts about hitching out on a romantic getaway with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Producer Ekta Kapoor returns to the ‘changing-the-Indian cinema’ genre with Ragini MMS where she originally debuted with the well-received ‘Love, Sex, aur Dhoka’. Ragini MMS was shot in only 25 days and was shot in a ‘hidden camera’ angle aka Paranormal Activity. Now, the thing is that the trailer itself is creeping out a lot of people (including me), and releasing it on Friday The Thirteenth is not lessening the creepiness either.
Love U…Mr. Kalakaar! (May 13th, 2011)
Looks like May won’t be just about horrors, action, superheroes, and revenge; it will also be about a romantic love story between Sahil (Tusshar Kapoor) and Ritu (Amrita Rao). Sahil is an artist who draws his work from inspirations around him and seeing how different and unique his character is, Ritu falls in love. The only problem: Ritu’s father (Ram Kapoor). He thinks Sahil’s profession is a dead end and will not be able to provide for his daughter. Now Sahil has to step up and prove that his love is worth it. So grab some popcorn, some drinks, and a date, this movie will be couples’ paradise.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20th, 2011)
Johnny Depp is back again playing the quirky Captain Jack Sparrow but this time Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom will not be there for company. Spanish hottie Penelope Cruz will be joining him in the quest for the elusive fountain of youth. The fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the series is one of the most highly anticipated movies since its three of its predecessors have already made $2.7 billion at the ticket counter. For the first time, a film of the series will be directed by Rob Marshall and not Gore Verbinski. Notwithstanding its artistic quality or critical reception, fans are waiting for this action adventure to kick off the summer blockbuster season.
The Hangover Part II (May 26th, 2011)
The surprise hit of 2009, The Hangover made instant stars of both Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, and 2011 sees the team return again. Filmmaker Todd Phillips’ film will show the mates heading to Bangkok for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding to his new fiancée, played by actress Jamie Chung. The production of the film was much in news thanks to Mel Gibson’s unceremonious firing from his cameo role in the film as a tattoo artist and later being replaced by Liam Neeson. Though brief ones, but cameo appearances by former president Bill Clinton and Paul Giamatti should not be missed. And yes, Mike Tyson is scheduled to reprise his role as himself from the first film. A sure shot big opener at the box office, thanks to its raunchy humor.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (May 27th, 2011)
The delightful animated action comedy Kung Fu Panda was a roaring success worldwide and the sequel is definitely highly anticipated among the audiences. After successfully becoming a kung fu master, Po’s new challenge is to fight the new sinister villain with a secret weapon who wants to destroy the tradition of kung fu and take over the Valley of Peace. Meanwhile Po will be made to search out for his origins as well. Jack Black (Po) will reprise his role as the loveable Panda alongside Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and The Furious Five—Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Mantis (Seth Rogen). The new addition to the voice cast is James Woods, Victor Garber, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gary Oldman. Time for some awe-inspiring fun!
The Tree of Life (May 27th, 2011)
Terrence Malick doesn’t make a lot of films, but when he does they are often wholly original, beautiful masterpieces. A perfectionist of the first order, Malick has made five films so far, and The Tree of Life is his sixth feature in a career spanning almost 40 years. The film is a 1950’s period piece set in the Midwest; we trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy Jack’s perception of the world around him and his relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). We’re then transported to present day, where the boy is now an adult (Sean Penn); a lost soul in a modern world seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. One of the most beautiful trailers ever made, the film is expected to have voiceover narration laced with gorgeous cinematography, and a storyline that will make us to look deep inside of our existence and discover something we never knew existed. You don’t watch a Malick film, you experience it.
Thor (May 6th, 2011)
Another superhero from the universe of Marvel Comics, Thor is a different breed in the arena of superheroes. As Ashley Miller, co-writer of Thor pointed out that in this film, Thor has been sent to Earth because he isn’t perfect. Unlike the antiseptic adventures of other superheroes, Thor is bound to unleash his countless bone-crunching moments when he unleashes the storm with his rage, accompanied by dirt, and grime and blood. Stuck in the development hell for a long time, the film is helmed by Kenneth Branagh who has always made Shakespearean works; it will be interesting to see the intensity of his art merging with a tsunami of special effects.Chris Hemsworth is playing the title role along with supporting cast which comprises of Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Rene Russo. Not to forget, this film brings us a step closer to the cinematic adaptation of The Avengers.
So, which movie is getting you more excited for?
– Dipankar Roy, Aniket Thakkar