Coming Soon: Much-anticipated movies releasing in this August
By Sanuj Hathurusinghe Ceylon Today Features
After the pandemic put a lid on all entertainment activities for over a year, things finally started to look less grim lately and owing to the success of rapid vaccination drives in the west, cinemas were finally allowed to be opened.
As July comes to an end I’m sure y’all movie lovers must have enjoyed the much-anticipated movies released this month such as The Tomorrow War, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, Black Widow, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Jungle Cruise, to name a few. The joy is likely to continue as the Hollywood is readying itself to release yet another bunch of exciting movies in August. Here is a list of some of the most-anticipated movies that will be released in this August.
The Suicide Squad
DC Comics fans rejoice! The much-awaited new The Suicide Squad Movie is coming out this August. If you are a fan of the previous movie, then you don’t need any convincing to watch this movie but if you aren’t, don’t worry, because this new movie is by no means a sequel to the first movie so anyone can watch this movie and enjoy without having done any homework.
One of the leading superheroes, or rather super villains, in the first movie was the Deadshot played by Will Smith. The Will Smith fans must have been heart-broken after hearing the casting of Idris Elba who essentially was going to replace Smith but they can heave a sigh of relief because the creators have ultimately decided to give Elba a different role (Bloodsport), leaving room for Smith to return as Deadshot in the future.
Margot Robbie returns as the crowd-favourite Harley Quinn while Sylvester Stallone is also featuring in the movie as a voice actor for the shark boy. This year has been a busy year for John Cena who has already appeared in multiple Hollywood blockbusters and the famed wrestler is again making an appearance in silver screen in The Suicide Squad as Peacemaker.
The story of the new movie is about a bunch of super villains including Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison who join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Directed by James Gunn who is the director of fan-favourite The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise the new Suicide Squad movie is tipped to be full of action and witty and creative dialogues, with a little bit of heartwrenching scenes.
Despite the pandemic hampering operations of the show business, Ryan Reynolds has been busy this year with quite a few movies of his being released and the latest addition to that list will be Free Guy which will be released in August (hopefully). The movie is a much-anticipated one and the creators and Reynolds himself really wanted to release it in cinemas first so the release date was pushed further multiple times. Originally scheduled to be released in June last year, the movie is now scheduled to be released on 13 August 2021.
Fans must be keeping their fingers crossed to finally see Reynolds play a character called Guy, a bank teller who discovers he is actually a nonplayer character in a brutal open-world videogame. Interestingly, this is the second time Reynolds playing a character named Guy, the first being his voiceover in The Croods franchise where he voiced Guy. The movie is tipped to be full of action, loads of fun, and a great entertainment overall. Considering it is directed by Shawn Levy – the director of Night at the Museum franchise and Stranger Things, the CGI of the movie is also expected to be of highest quality.
Throughout the pandemic Hugh Jackman has been relatively quiet but he is poised to make a grand entrance to the silver screen this August in his latest movie Reminiscence. In this mystery/romance/sci-fi flick, Jackman plays Nick bannister – a scientist who discovers a way to relive your past. He uses this technology to search for his longlost love. The movie is the directorial debut for Lisa Joy who also is the writer of the movie. Despite being new to the director seat Joy has already made a reputation for herself on small screen as the producer of crowdfavourite TV series Westworld so the expectations for her directorial debut is also fairly high.
This August get ready to see Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Maggie Q in an action-packed crime/thriller The Protégé. The story centres on Anna (Maggie) who is the world’s most skilled contract killer. When the legendary assassin Moody (Jackson) who trained and raised Anna is murdered, she vows revenge.
As Anna becomes entangled with the enigmatic killer Renbrandt (Keaton) whose interests in Anna goes beyond killer and prey, their encounters turn deadly and the loose ends of her previous contract kills deciding to show up in the worst possible time makes Anna’s journey even harder. Will she be able to avenger her father figure? See The Protégé this August and find out. Directed by Martin Campbell, the same director with a knack for action flicks who brought you Casino Royale, Green Lantern, The Mask of Zoro, and Edge of Darkness, this movie too is tipped to be a major Hollywood action galore.
Following his Oscar-winning directorial debut Get Out and the hauntingly creepy Us, the expectations surrounding Jordan Peele’s latest script Candyman are rather high. Defined as ‘a spiritual sequel’ to the 1992 horror film by the same name, the new movie returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighbourhood where the legend began.
Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays the grown-up Anthony McCoy, the baby kidnapped and used as bait by Candyman in the original film. The story starts a decade after the events of the original movie. Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now-gentrified Cabrini and a chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious Anthony unknowingly opens a door to a complex past and yes, the events that follow this are terrifying and full of violence.
Memes have changes our lives significantly. What started off as something funny and nothing more has now grown to be an ingenious way of communication, a separate subject in universities, and a solid foundation for the Hollywood to make movies on. Following movies such as Smiley (2012) and Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014) Hollywood is looking at memes for inspiration for a third time and the result, is the upcoming movie, Karen. If you are familiar with the meme culture you already know what a Karen is.
For those who don’t, Karen is an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privileges to get her way or police other people’s behaviours. In the movie Karen, we get to see a typical Karen, a racist woman who takes it as a personal mission to displace the new Black family that just moved into the neighbourhood. However, the new couple aren’t easily intimidated and don’t back down without a fight. Things will get heated and spiralled out of control in this unique crime/Drama/thriller.