May has finished without a bang but a whimper, paving the way for June to hit screens with some big hitters, quick cuts and plenty of stars. With so much to pick from, I’ve picked my top 5 films to see this month, starting with an obvious choice…
Wonder Woman (02/06)
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis
Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Why You Should See It: Being a female film lover, when a blockbuster comes along that is not only directed by a woman but features a strong, female, ass-kicking lead, you can’t say no and I certainly don’t intend to. Gadot made one hell of an impression when she debuted her heroine in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and now has her time to shine, I personally can’t wait.
Berlin Syndrome (09/06)
Directed by: Cate Shortland
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Lucie Aron, Emma Bading
Synopsis: A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
Why You Should See It: It’s doubly as exciting that the second pick of the month is another from a female director. Although the film is certainly much different, taking a darker, thrilling tone to put you on edge and keep you guessing. It’s also potentially a time for Palmer to shine, she’s been sidelined with girlfriend roles and small parts in the past but now she’s got a meaty role to get her teeth into.
Baby Driver (26/06)
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal
Synopsis: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Why You Should See It: Brits taking Hollywood by storm is hard to say no to, beloved for his Cornetto trilogy and the fantastic Scott Pilgrim vs the World, after his tumultuous time on Ant-Man, this could be the redemption we’re all looking for.
A Man Called Ove (26/06)
Directed by: Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Tobis Almborg, Klas Wiljergård
Synopsis: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.
Why You Should See It: It’s taken a while but this Swedish hit is finally arriving in the UK, with great reviews and 2 Oscar nominations under its belt this is definitely one not to miss.
Despicable Me 3 (26/06)
Directed by: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon
Starring: Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Jenny Slate, Julie Andrews, Steve Coogan, Trey Barker, Russell Brand, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel
Synopsis: Gru meets his twin brother, Dru, who he never knew about, tempting him back to a live of villainry.
Why You Should See It: Answering the question of “Is it still so fluffy, we want to die?”, without doubt the answer is yes. The sequel may not have been the huge success of the original and Minions may have been a severe disappointment but it did prove that the films can’t succeed without Gru and the girls, now they’re back and ready to entertain us once again, can we really say no?
And that’s all folks! A healthy mix of blockbuster, indie, animated and foreign to keep you going this month.