The Summer of 2019: Movies


Graphic by Grace Liu

“SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME:” On July 5, Marvel will release its next installment of the new “Spider-Man” series, starring Tom Holland. The sequel finds the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in a different neighborhood: Europe. Peter Parker’s normal school trip is interrupted by the appearance of Nick Fury. Alongside some returning actors such as Zendaya and Jacob Batalon, Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Marvel debut as Mysterio, an expert illusionist known from the comics as Spider-Man’s nemesis. Although the plot remains cryptic, the trailer ends with the solemn words of Happy Hogan: “You’re all alone. Your friends are in trouble. What are you gonna do about it?”

“THE LION KING:” 25 years after the release of the animated film “The Lion King,” Disney returns with a long-awaited live-action reimagining directed by Jon Favreau. Many notable aspects of the beloved original film remain unchanged, such as iconic shot remakes, familiar music and the returning voice of James Earl Jones as Mufasa. The new film also features unique elements, from visually stunning realistic landscapes to a star-studded cast. The movie showcases well-known voices including Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé as Nala, in addition to other celebrities such as Seth Rogen and John Oliver. Catch it on July 19.

“YESTERDAY:” A comedy, romance and musical, “Yesterday” is the quintessential summer movie. Directed by Danny Boyle, this movie follows Jack Malik, a musician who finds fame when everyone mysteriously forgets the Beatles. Inaccurately praised as the world’s greatest singer-songwriter, Malik reinvents Beatles songs as his own and meets celebrities such as Ed Sheeran and James Corden. Watch as Malik copes with the guilt of having others’ music be credited as his own. See it June 28.