These are my TOP 5 MOVIES OF THE SUMMER! Starting with the least awesome to the most seriously badass this year. All of these films are equally great but at the end of the day it’s about the everlasting effect and the wow factors that really solidify if a movie is worthy of top picks.
And let’s get started with NUMBER 5!
TED was probably the biggest surprise of the year with not only being one of my favourite films this summer but somehow making a talking teddy bear that does more drugs and partying then the entire teenage demographic into a hilarious and heart warming comedy about friendship, true love and having sex with sluts in the back of supermarkets.
Thankfully though TED had the right marketing campaign depicting it as a strong R-Rated comedy to keep mothers and their troll children away from the flick while having the support of the entire FAMILY GUY fanbase thanks to the creator, Seth McFarlene.
The scenes are hilarious, Ted is absolutely loveable in a creepy paranormal alive kind of way and with solid performances from Wahlberg and Kunis among others this is quite simply the funniest comedy of the year.
Thunder buddies for life!
The sort of prequel to the ALIEN franchise, PROMETHEUS is about a group of scientists that discover that our creation as a species was the result of an unknown alien race before us and when two people discover strange wall carvings in numerous locations across the world the group of individuals board a massively expensive looking ship in hopes of discovering who or what created us and why.
This is one of those films that has polarizing side effects to audiences as some people love this movie and others found it to be confusing, annoying and ridiculous. But to a science fiction junkie like me, I loved it.
The effects are huge and beautifully detailed, creature designs are interesting and sleek and although the story leaves much to be desired, it creates an unforgettable atmosphere and does what any great sci-fi will to it’s fans.
Make us speculate. And with that, PROMETHEUS might not be the best film ever made but it’s a damn fine piece of escapism, but even still…what is that black goo? The plot thickens!
3. THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
Spiderman is probably my favourite Marvel superhero ever and for good reason. He’s nerdy, funny and dashing like me. But I guess opinions are subjective sometimes.
The film is more faithful to the comic with Peter having to create web shooters instead of being more alien like in the Raimi films and boasts a sizeable villain that although could have been more explained in-depth still embodies an important facet of Peter’s persona and emotional integrity that makes a gigantic reptilian creature still exciting to watch every time the poor doctor loses control of his instincts and thoughts.
The movie is also very respectful to the comic having certain characters die just like the literary form and alluding to events that leaves many loyal Spidey fans anticipating what’s to come next. Who is the man in the darkness? Damn I love movies!
2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
The finale to the Batman trilogy is another example of polar opposite reactions among it’s fanbase and for good reason. Some parts make absolutely no sense void of context and the abrupt deaths of certain characters left much to be desired in the emotional department.
But for what it does right, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES obliterates with brooding love. Bruce Wayne is much more central to the plot revolving more so around the man instead of the bat and newcomers Bane and Catwoman add much needed diversity to the overall story.
Bane is a force of nature that is intimidating and interesting to watch on screen, as long as you can understand him. And Catwoman was good but wasn’t exactly a strong component for me as an overall part of the film.
The ending however was simply beautiful and stands as my favourite ending of all three films easily. It’s a great film with some quirky flaws but it still stands as one of the best comic book movies anyways.
Nolan and friends should be commended for rising to the call of the impossible standards of the previous film and for that this film is recognized. This is wonderful stuff. Bravo!
And now for the best film of the summer…
1. THE AVENGERS
What did you expect?
THE AVENGERS is the reason why I love summer popcorn movies. Although the story isn’t as in-depth as Batman and none of the heroes present are my favourites over Spiderman, it’s the fact that this is a new experience unlike anything we’ve all seen.
This is the first film successfully establishing a coherent cinematic universe that perfectly embodies the beauty and brilliance of the comic book genre. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is realistic and gritty, as is THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN and since so many films across so many genres are trying to be like those films it’s a breath of much needed fresh air that Joss Whedon and Marvel Comics decided to hell with realism, these are costumed superheroes!
And it works! You don’t need to sell me on the realism of a nuclear beast of anger teaming with the freaking god of thunder and a super soldier being frozen like the Capsicle he is teaming up with others to fight aliens and the god of mischief. This film fully embraces the fact that it is what it is, comic books. It’s not going to try to make it realistic, why should it?
THE AVENGERS captures the wonders of the books I read every week, it crafts a wonderful cast of different personalities putting aside their differences to fight a loveable and absolutely enthralling villain to see in one film while enticing us hardcore fans with the reveal of the villain who was behind it all at the end of the credits.
People cheered in my advance screening of the movie when Hulk smashed things to bits. We all laughed when Ironman made fun of Thor in the forest or when Thor tells everyone that Loki is adopted. These are what comic book movies need to be.
Stop being realistic, stop trying to make it more believable to me and just embrace it for what it is. If you’re serving me pizza don’t try to make me believe it’s steak, it’s pizza I get it. Just accept it.
And that’s why THE AVENGERS is the best movie of the summer. ASSEMBLE!!!!!!
By MILAN JEGENJAN