It’s a new month, which means a host of new films to inevitably lose to Avengers: Infinity War at the box office. After last month’s offerings of the aforementioned Thanos and his all-conquering glove, aliens with kick-ass hearing and giant apes trying to drop skyscrapers on The Rock, what could May possibly offer to top that?
1. Deadpool 2
Out May 15th (UK)/May 18th (US)
Straight out of the traps it’s the merc with the mouth out for round two. After the mammoth success of Deadpool back in February 2016, it was no surprise that we’d get a sequel at some point. Still the greatest marketing campaign in film franchise history, Deadpool 2 picks up where it’s predecessor left off with Bob Ross parodies, digs at the DC universe and playing with dolls, Deadpool 2 has successfully marketed a film without actually telling us what it’s about. Who cares though when it’s this funny, and it’s given us PETER.
2. Life of the Party
Out May 11th
Well it’s been a while since we had a comedy headlined by Melissa McCarthy (not since the universally loved Ghostbusters reboot back in 2016). Here McCarthy plays Deanna, a mother who finds herself suddenly divorced so decides to go back to college to complete her degree. Co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone (who also directs), expect the usual McCarthy staples of likeable pratfalling, yelling and a middle-aged woman behaving badly. Gillian Jacobs is also in it, so it can’t be all bad.
3. How to Talk to Girls At Parties
Out May 11th (UK)/May 18th (US)
Nicole Kidman stars in this sci-fi/romance/comedy about aliens, youth, love, lust and saving the world. All against the backdrop of the punk scene of 1977-era London. Look, it’s based on a Neil Gaiman short story, so it was never going to be straightforward. Expect quirky humour, great tunes and Nicole Kidman as the singer of a punk band. What more could you possibly want?
4. The Cured
Out May 11th
A different spin on the old zombie flick, this Irish horror-drama stars Ellen Page about the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, wherein the zombies have been cured. This leads to the former zombies becoming second class citizens and discriminated against in society. However, there’s only so much they can take, and has the cure actually taken hold? There’s a very 28 Days Later vibe to this little zombie movie aesthetically and tonally from first time writer-director David Freyne. Nice to see somebody trying something different with a very familiar genre.
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Out May 25th
Because Disney obviously don’t have enough money from Infinity War, they’ve decided to release a new entry from their small but plucky Star Wars series. Solo is an origin story about how the legendary captain of the Millennium Falcon came to be in his younger days before he joined the rebellion in A New Hope. Alden Ehrenreich fills the gargantuan shoes of Harrison Ford and is joined by Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover (who alone should be reason enough to see this). After the nightmare behind the scenes drama, with director changes (Ron Howard was drafted in midway through production), extensive reshoots and general ill-feeling, and with the divided fan reaction to The Last Jedi, it’s hard to say if this will be a success or not (Narrator: It was. The Star Wars franchise has never failed to make money ever).