The Summer movie season is officially over and with that comes an annual recap of the movies to come out between the months between May and August. Last year I did a recap in which I basically just ran down my thoughts on the months in terms of the movies to come out, but I'm doing it differently this year. Now I'm basically just awarding certain movies a certain title such as "Best Movie of the Summer" or "Most Disappointing of the Summer". I figured that's much easier and more simplistic than trying to remember all of the movies that I saw in each month. All of that being said, let's get on with the recap.
Best Movie: Dunkirk
For me, there was no better film to come out this Summer than Christopher Nolan's war epic, "Dunkirk". From the very beginning, you're hooked right into the situation that is the evacuation of thousands of allied soldiers from one area. The movie moves at an intense pace that keeps you enthralled and while some can criticize this film for lack of character development, it needs to be emphasized that the point of this movie is the situation and the overall frantic pace of it all. This is a war epic that makes you all the more interested in the event being depicted, and it easily deserves to be called one of Nolan's best films, as well as one of the best war movies ever made.
Worst Movie: The Emoji Movie
Honestly speaking, this movie was just a complete drag to sit through on every imaginable level. It was boring, the voice acting annoyed the shit out of me, it was one giant commercial for outdated apps like "Candy Crush", and worst of all, there was no effort whatsoever in making it an animated film that can at least be enjoyed by kids. This movie was just a pandering, uninspired piece of garbage that isn't even worth being shit upon by the poop emoji.
Most Overrated Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Let me just emphasize that I like this movie. If you read my review for it, you know that I found it to be an enjoyable addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it was worth checking out in theaters. But where I find it to be overrated is in the sense that a lot of people are quick to call this the best Spider-Man movie ever made. I've said numerous times that I still think Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2" is the best Spidey film we'll ever get, and I honestly don't think "Spider-Man: Homecoming" comes close to touching that film. If I'm being 100% honest, I even enjoy "The Amazing Spider-Man" more than this movie. I'm just speaking as someone who grew up reading Spider-Man comic books and I think that while "Spider-Man: Homecoming" works as the MCU's version of Spidey, it still had a lot to improve upon in terms of being a great depiction of Spider-Man in general.
Most Underrated Movie: It Comes at Night
Despite this movie being very fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score is far more divisive. While many people found this movie to be boring and not as scary as they wanted it to be, I personally found this film to be suspenseful from the very beginning and it was a great example of leaving the viewer's imagination to be what scares them the most. This is a true psychological thriller that deserves to be seen as such. Whatever expectations you may have about it being a monster movie, throw them out the window and recognize this movie as a slow burn that tells a story of human survival and the very worst that comes with it.
Most Disappointing Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Yeah, this blog is going to piss off a lot of Marvel fanboys. My initial review for this movie had me stating that I enjoyed the film overall despite its flaws. And yet, the more I thought about this movie, the less I liked it. And just recently, I rewatched the movie on Blu-Ray and now I can straight up say that I don't like this movie anymore. Sorry, but with my second viewing, it dawned on me that the first two acts of this movie aren't really about anything. It's just the characters taking turns telling jokes and then once the third act kicks in, it becomes the same old "save the world from CGI of doom" shtick that we've seen a hundred times before. Kurt Russell was completely wasted in the role of Ego, and it just plain bored me when rewatching it. My original review for this movie is a clear example of why I should give it some time before reviewing a movie instead of just rushing out a review as soon as I leave the theater. Chris Pratt himself said that this movie was going to be some grand, epic spectacle, but all I got out of it was boredom and quip overload.
Most Surprising Movie: Annabelle: Creation
Yep, the prequel to that terrible "Annabelle" movie in 2014 is being listed as a movie that I genuinely enjoyed this Summer. I saw the trailers for this movie and I wasn't expecting it to be good at all. If anything, I thought it had the potential to be just as bad as the first film, but I walked out of the theater having felt like I saw a very creepy, atmospheric horror film that didn't rely too heavily on false jump scares, nor did it have Annabelle just sitting around and doing nothing for the whole film. For what it's worth, this was a horror movie that I thought had a lot of effort put into the film-making behind it, and that's saying something considering how it could've turned out after the disaster in 2014.
That's the end of my recap for the 2017 Summer movie season. Overall, I found this to be yet another weak Summer movie season. 2016's was disappointing in many aspects, and while this year's wasn't as much of a letdown as 2016, I still don't feel like we got a fair share of genuinely great films. There were some solid ones for sure, but there were also more than a few movies that I found to be just meh. To this day, I still profess that the 2014 Summer movie season is the best one in the time that I've been reviewing movies on various websites, and I'm still left wondering if any Summer season will top that year. Anyway, the Fall season is here, so here's hoping for some great films that'll surely contend for some major awards.