From animated classics like Finding Dory to action-adventure titles like Star Trek Beyond and Captain America: Civil War, this summer’s blockbuster season had a movie for just about everyone. The studios in charge of the movies have made a total of $2.6 trillion this year, even though some movies were definitely not as good as others.
A theater is the perfect place to escape from the grueling Houston summer with sub-zero air conditioning and expensive, but refreshing sodas. The $20 tub of popcorn is also a decent option if you want true value for your hard earned cash.
We highly recommend going to your local theater before the summer season is over (which it almost is) so you don’t miss out on this year’s best blockbuster hits, or just so you have a last resort to take a date if you are too nervous to actually have a conversation with her. Regardless of your reasons for seeing a movie this summer, I have teamed up with fellow editor Jordan Marget to rank this summer’s best and worst blockbusters.
I have nightmares of going to the movies and seeing a trailer for Ice Age featuring Skrat doing something dumb in an attempt to get an acorn. I used to genuinely wonder what exactly was going on. Nope. DreamWorks decided to make ANOTHER one. There is absolutely no point in seeing this. Just watch the other Ice Age movies you have hidden in a box in your closet. Ice Age: Collision Course will be the same rehashed plot as the other ones. DreamWorks. Please. Just stop.
Ice Age: Collision Course
In the grand scheme of this year's summer movie season, Independence Day: Resurgence is a very small fish in a very big pond. To be more specific, there are two things that are very wrong with this movie.
The first is that it is a sequel that nobody asked for to a movie that is twenty years old. The second is that they went ahead and made the sequel anyway without the lead from the first movie.
In order for most people to enjoy sequels nowadays, two things have to happen. First, it generally should not be a sequel to a movie that didn't need one to begin with. Second, it is only natural that the sequel should have most, if not all of the main cast that starred in its predecessor. Independence Day: Resurgence fulfills none of these criteria and used so much CGI that even my popcorn looked animated. It goes without saying that the higher-ups involved with this movie did not get exactly what they wanted when they saw the disappointing run their adorable little sequel had.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Ghostbusters had the perfect cast of funny ladies, yet it fell short in many movie-goers’ minds. The movie received pre-release backlash for having an all-female cast. Ghostbusters seemed to have lots of potential with such a cast: Kate McKinnon with her weird, uncomfortable humor, Melissa McCarthy with her usual underdog humor, Leslie Jones and her aggressive character, and Kristen Wiig with whatever she calls whatever that is. But in the end, the movie fell short of everyone’s expectations and the characters seemed constrained in their humor, hiding behind the movie’s PG-13 rating.
To be honest with you, the only reason I saw this movie is because of its stellar cast: Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and more. With a cast this good, I asked myself, “How can this possibly be bad?” The answer? It is a remake.
The general populace loves to complain that Hollywood is running out of ideas, and to a certain extent, that is true. Because of their assumptions, most people disregarded the movie as just another terrible remake. Speaking fairly, it isn't as bad as you would think.
What makes the movie decent to watch, again, is the cast. If not for the extremely talented cast, The Legend of Tarzan would not have fared well at all this summer.
The Legend of Tarzan
Many people hated this movie simply because they are Marvel fanboys. Others have more legitimate criticisms of the newest offering from DC. Whatever people say, a good amount of people, myself included, enjoyed Suicide Squad.
While it does have some issues, such as Cara Delevingne’s horrible acting and a major lack of Joker scenes, the movie as a whole is pretty good. Margot Robbie shined as Harley Quinn, and while quite a few people disliked Jared Leto as the Joker, I think his portrayal reflects the Joker from the comics really well. Note that the comics Joker is vastly different from the one portrayed by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight trilogy.
Overall, Suicide Squad is a good movie from DC that is worth your time.
With the same concept as Toy Story, Bee Movie, and Secret Life of Pets, comes the foul-mouthed Sausage Party, another movie about how terrible humans are to non-humans and inanimate objects. The movie is bananas. It is nuts. Okay I will stop. Sausage Party is packed with plenty of dirty humor, but since Seth Rogen is involved in it the quality is bound to be childish at best. Go watch this movie if you want to have a laugh, but do not expect to come out of the theater praising it for much else.
One of the summer’s best action movies, Star Trek Beyond follows Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise after they crash-land on an alien planet while on a mission to rescue the crew of another captain’s star ship. Along with the top-notch acting, the mix of emotional conflicts with the characters and the fight scenes make Beyond the best movie out of the new trilogy.
Star Trek Beyond is proof that the new Star Trek movies continue to shine despite the harsh criticisms from old school fanboys who will hate the new movies regardless of how well they are received. If you have never seen Star Trek before and are looking for an action packed sci-fi movie, you won’t regret watching this one.
Star Trek: Beyond
The sequel to the classic animated movie of our childhood, Finding Nemo, gave us a sentimental, nostalgic epilogue to its predecessor.
Finding Dory was obviously the most popular movie this summer, raking in the most profit out of any of this year’s summer movies. Finding Dory is unexpected a really good sequel.
My favorite character by far is Bailey, a beluga whale played by Ty Burrell who is convinced his sonar skills are on the fritz. In the end (spoiler alert), Dory is found by her parents after a LONG journey, and they all live happily ever after.
Arguably the best movie of the summer blockbuster season, Captain America: Civil War serves as the third entry into the Captain America film franchise.
One of the best aspects of the movie is that it introduces Spider Man and Black Panther into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Civil War also includes one of the best fight scenes of all time in the form of the Berlin airport battle, which featured just about every superhero that has ever been in a Marvel movie except Thor and Hulk. The movie has even more fantastic scenes like the car chase in Bucharest and the Cap and Tony fight in Siberia.
The only quarrel I have with Civil War is that, with its ensemble of heroes including Captain America, Spider Man, Ant Man, Iron Man, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Vision, and Hawkeye it could just as easily have been titled Avengers instead of Captain America.
Captain America: Civil War
Nerve’s fast-paced story filled with plot twists shows a Twilight Zone perspective into the dangers of being a bystander behind a camera phone. Nerve tells the story of high school senior Venus "Vee" Delmonico (Emma Roberts) and Ian (Dave Franco), Vee’s partner in the game. It is easily the best movie I saw this summer. It had the perfect soundtrack with a mixture of old, classic soul music and new, upbeat electronic/dance/pop songs.
The virtual application surrounding the movie is Nerve, a truth or dare game, except without the truth. Players play to win money. Watchers pay to watch and encourage the next dare
The message is great too: how social media actually works and the addictive little subcultures that can spin out of it. The film actually shows insight about how dumb teenagers are with their phones and will do anything for internet fame.
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