5 Movies that Ruled this Summer
5. Pacific Rim
Guillermo Del Toro did exactly what every kid has always wanted to do...he made the ultimate robots vs. monsters movie. I know that Pacific Rim has it's detractors (the monsters weren't varied enough, the plot was dumb, etc.). Even I admit that the dialogue was really bad (and why can't they just let Jax use his actual accent?). However, once those robots start taking on those monsters, and there's metal and flesh flying around the screen, those worries fly away. The effects should get a nod with the Academy early next year - this was a beautiful movie to look at. Sit back and have fun.
4. This Is The End
Definitely the funniest movie of the summer, although the market wasn't exactly saturated with comedies this year (The Heat fell flat for me). Rogen, Franco and gang all bring their A game, and a little cameo by an ultra-popular actor doesn't hurt things in the third act. At times, it does go a little far with the raunchiness of the humor, but I had a really great time with a good crowd on this one. You also get to see Michael Cera being...Michael Cera, one of the highlights for sure.
3. Despicable Me 2
A solid follow up to the smash hit a few years ago. The Minions again own the screen here, bringing heart and comedy. I swore that I could watch the Minions themselves for 2 hours straight, and they recently announced that there would be a Minion solo movie - can't wait. Great for any age. Carell does well, Wiig is...eh. Everyone else holds their own. Those damn Minions though...
2. Iron Man 3
I've heard the complaints. "Should have called it Tony Stark instead of Iron Man...blah, blah, blah". I like the fact that Tony had to live without his suit for a bit. A lot of Shane Black touches in the dialogue, which I loved - lots of great banter. The action was spot on and the effects were pretty amazing. For those of you complaining about The Mandarin, quit whining - what Black did with the character was awesome. I really have to see this again.
1. Fast & Furious 6
Holy crap. For the next one, the Fast team should go up against the Avengers, because they're clearly superheroes. Not only does one major player wreck a car into a building and walks out without a scratch, but another jumps from a moving car, across a chasm, grabs a girl in mid air, and flies into a car windshield on the other side...again, without a scratch. Goddamn, this was a dumb movie...but it's just so entertaining. The fight scenes were great, a scene with a tank was amazing, and even the end was pretty fantastic (shot on the world's longest runway).
There are still two movies that released this summer that I didn't see that I really do want to. Man of Steel (which, judging by my expectations probably won't be on this list) and The End of the World, which actually could make this list if it's as good as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. I may amend later. Anyway, on to the winter (read: Oscar) movie season!