A recap of this summer’s best and worst movies.
Summer has officially been over for about a week and there is no better time than now to take an overview of the past season. “Summer” season refers to May through August and is definitely time of financial prosperity for the film production industry. Action movies, big name franchises, and promising blockbusters release every summer targeting young audiences with spare time and money, hoping that they spend the surpluses in theaters. This summer brought the usual assortment of action and excitement and it is our duty to provide a list of the best, and worst of the Summer.
With that being said, we are going to give our top 3 movies of the Summer as well as declare the absolute worst movie released since the beginning of the season.
The Incredibles 2
I have so much love for the original movie that I absolutely had to see this movie on the Thursday premier. In fact, I took the time out of the night of my birthday festivities to see the double showing for The Incredibles 1 and 2. Treat yo’self. The movie was great, but overall couldn’t compare to the original. There was so much subtext to the original that added layers of enjoyment to the experience of watching it over and over. The Incredibles 2 seemed a little too shallow to me. But that does not mean that what is there was bad by any means. Also, the music wasn’t as good.
Rating: 4 / 5
Sorry to Bother You
I’m not going to lie, I was caught off guard by my own reaction to this movie. It seemed low budget and a little too “B-list” for me to expect much from “Sorry to Bother You.” But I really liked the humor and the pacing of the story and writing. I had a good time watching this movie, and that is what matters most. Never judge a movie by its apparent budget and casting.
Rating: 4 / 5
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Well, its and enjoyable movie; that’s about it, really. The action is what you expected, the humor is what you expected, and the characters are exactly what you expected. If you liked the first movie, you liked the second one. I do believe that the Ant-Man solo films have the best humor and are the most kid friendly. I had a good time watching the movie but its more of a Five Dollar Tuesday type of movie. You can’t go wrong with Marvel, even if they sell you the same movie twice.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
The Worst Movie: Skyscraper
Five Dollar Tuesday strikes again. Who can blame Dwayne Johnson for taking this deal? The man’s diet needs a big budget to be sustained. But I have so many questions. Why does he need to have prosthetics? Why does all these unfortunate events happen to this one man? Why did the criminals decide that a huge skyscraper is the best place to hide hostages? Why did people give them a total of about $300,000,000 for this movie!?
Rating: Why? / $300,000,000
‘The Equalizer 2’
There are few things that work better than a Denzel Washington retribution story. Aside: A couple things better than a Denzel Washington retribution story; Denzel Washington being a bad guy, Denzel Washington being relatively amoral and shady, Denzel Washington being unequivocally good and a hero. But back to ‘The Equalizer 2’. The second installment was a little slower moving than the first one, with definitely a concerted effort to establish a backstory and create meaningful emotional conflict. But Denzel’s performance was good enough as a stone-faced assassin to pick the action back up again.
Rating: 4.2 / 5
There are few movies that I would care so much about that I would be willing to wait 14 years for its release (‘Space Jam,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Looney Tunes: Back in Action’ are all examples of movie sequels that I would wait 14 years for). The second installment of the ‘Incredibles’ franchise has been boring a hole in my mind for the almost the entirety of my life. The best thing is that it fully delivered on the hype, providing the perfect level of animated action and comedy to satisfy my childhood needs. I legitimately think that the delay between sequels allowed them to actually perfect the movie, which was much appreciated.
Rating: 4.9 / 5
‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’
Tom Cruise has done the impossible: he has made people forget about the fact that he’s super weird and a Scientologist for the entirety of his career. How has he done it? By quite possibly being a part of the greatest action movie franchise since the ‘James Bond’ movies. He has astounded moviegoers and critics alike with his amazing stunts, and “Fallout” was no different. In fact, he actually ramped it up to make it even more special. Here is a list of things that he did: actually jumped out of a plane, drove through the streets of Paris on a motorcycle, in and out of traffic, swung off a helicopter. Mind you, he did all of this while being 5’7”: people forget that. That may be his most amazing feat.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
The most disastrous movie of the summer was…
…’The Meg.’ I’m going to be fully honest, I was so excited for this movie. It had everything that I love: a giant, prehistoric shark, Rainn Wilson, water, the instrumental from the song “Beyond the Sea.” So when I went to go see it, you can imagine my disappointment when I came across the most boring piece of media that I’ve since seasons 1-10 of the show “Friends.” There was no real substance to the movie, nothing enthralling, nothing to really make me care about the characters. There was so much potential that was just lost, dropping the ball there.
It was difficult for us to leave out some movies on this list. Namely, it was difficult for me to not mention Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom from my list. I believe that these movies deserve their own article and will get their due justice soon. Until then, feel free to let me or the NC Views team know what movies also deserve their own spotlight.