Tonight, a certain overworked web slinger will swing into something like 4000 screens across the country, kicking off the summer movie season in an appropriate fashion: with a big, dumb, terrible franchise movie that will gross more money than most of us can even imagine. But don’t worry — contrary to what the ubiquitous marketing campaigns of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a handful of others might indicate, there are other movies coming out this summer, and here are a few worth seeking out this month.
Release Date: May 9
Director: Richard Ayoade
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn
Actor/director Richard Ayoade (whose first film, Submarine, is one of the best movies you’ve never seen) adapts the Dostoevsky novella into a Gilliam-esque, analog vision of corporate hell. Jesse Eisenberg is very good (and almost doing silent comedy beats) as a nebbish who meets, befriends, and turns against the personification of his long-repressed id; he’s equally strong in the opposite role. Ayoade’s got a witty, cockeyed visual sense, and he keeps things moving at a brisk clip, resisting the urge to linger on each funny/bizarre moment lest he be late for the next. Odd, giddy, and marvelous.