Summer movie wrap-up


by Lander Irwin

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Grade: A
Box office sales: $370.6 million

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was the summer’s biggest blockbuster and the conclusion to the seven part series. The last book was broken up into a two-part movie in order to do the book justice and include everything in the movie version. The movie showed the death of the infamous Lord Voldemort, and Harry Potter becoming victorious over the ultimate evil. The end of the movie shows Harry, Ron, and Hermine twenty years later sending their own kids off to Hogwarts.

The Hangover Part 2
Grade: B
Box office sales: $254.2 million

The Hangover Part 2 can be summed up as a racier version of the original. All of the memorable faces have a returning role with an addition of some new characters. The movie follows the same storyline as the original with just a different person missing. On the flip side there were some funny and unforgettable moments. Overall the movie is great if you wanted a good laugh over some dirty jokes, but the storyline line is predictable and the shock and awe of the first movie is lost.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Grade: B
Box office sales: $148.5 million

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel to the well-known Planet of the Apes series. It tells the story of how the apes got their abilities to act as humans. The movie starts out with a group of scientists testing this new chemical that is thought to be a cure for Alzheimer’s, but actually greatly increases the brain function of the apes. It follows a story between James Franco’s character, Will Rodman, and a particular monkey named Caesar and their journey through this struggle.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Grade: C
Box office sales: $349.9 million

Transformers:Dark of the Moon is the third in the series of movies. With the second movie being a huge disappointment people had great expectations for this one. The love interest of Megan Fox was replaced by Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. This movie is telling the story that the first mission to the moon was actually a cover up to investigate a alien ship that had crash landed. They bring this machine back to Earth and start it up, turns out it is actually a Decepticon and is trying to destroy the human race. Bumble Bee and the entire team of Autobots must once again swoop in to save the world from ultimate doom.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Grade: B
Box office sales: $168.8 million

Captain America is a thrilling action movie and adaption of the much-beloved Marvel Comic Book series. It shows the beginning of the Avenger organization and the origin of its leader Captain America, played by Chris Evans, participating in an experimental government program for soldiers. It captures Captain America’s adventures through World War II and his victory over evil. There are also great performances given by Tommy Lee Jones, who plays Colonel Chester Phillip, and Hugo Weaving, who plays the lead villain Red Skull.

Grade: A
Box office sales: $500,000

Senna is a biographical film about the legendary Formula One driver Aryton Senna. It shows how he progressed through the sport, going from top-level go-kart driver to three-time Formula One champion. Sadly, his racing career was ended early because of a car malfunction causing a tragic race accident, even though his death could have easily been prevented. It shows his love for the art of racing and his passion to be the best.