Christopher Nolan really wants Tenet to open on July 31st, but no one knows if that’s going to happen, and with infections still high in California and rising quickly in Florida, Texas, and Arizona, the already narrow window for a summer-movie season may be shutting (and the fact that movie theaters are still closed in Beijing does not mode well for any of the huge blockbusters that rely on foreign ticket sales). If the studios ultimately balk at rolling out blockbusters this summer, we’ll have to continue to rely on streaming platforms and VOD for our movie needs.
So far, most of the bigger movies we’ve seen — Scoob!, King of Staten Island, Capone, and Extraction — haven’t been particularly impressive (although, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods has been fairly well received). It probably says something that over three months into the pandemic, aside from Scoob! and Trolls World Tour, the biggest movies on VOD/iTunes charts have been pre-pandemic (Bad Boys for Life, Invisible Man, Sonic the Hedgehog).
Still, based on everything I have read and seen, if movie theaters do not open for blockbusters, a huge Sundance hit streaming this July on Hulu may ultimately become the film of the summer. Palm Springs from director Max Barbakow and screenwriter Andy Siara (Lodge 49), stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti and it is currently sitting at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes after 27 critics reviewed it out of Sundance.
It’s another Groundhog Day infinite-loop situation, but this time, two wedding guests — Milotti and Samberg — get trapped in the Groundhog Day loop together, which is such a simple premise that it’s insane it hasn’t been done already. Also, it looks hilarious. Watch the trailer: