Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post, as you can see from the title today I’ll be talking about my top 5 films of the summer. Now while this has certainly been an interesting and highly anticipated summer for films, in retrospect I find myself incredibly underwhelmed by the summer film season as a whole. Don’t get me wrong there were great set of films to check out, but I feel like there was a lot highly anticipated films that failed to live up to the hype. Anyway let’s move on that list of my personal favourite films of the summer:
1. The Avengers
In the end what else would you expect me to put as my top film of the summer? When it comes to The Avengers I am in love. The film that gave me everything that I wanted and then some. It had action, humour, great acting and interesting character interactions throughout and it defied the impossible by taking several superheroes from their individual films and assembled them in one place and the end result was epic to say the least. We put our trust in Joss Whedon, the writer/director of this mammoth of a film and he delivered. He created a special kind of comic book film that really did appeal to the fans and casual audiences, the film’s tone and atmosphere really was much that of a comic book, but it also had the realism that was established in the previous Marvel Studio films. The Avengers was a gamble and it easily could have failed, but it worked and really succeeded. The Avengers is easily my favourite film of not only the summer, but of the year too. I loved it since my first viewing and since the summer’s ended nothings been able to touch it. Fact.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
The only film that would have given The Avengers a run for its money was Batman and boy did it come close! The Dark Knight Rises was the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s dark and realistic take on the comic book character. With the hype of The Dark Knight proceeding this film, there was a lot riding on this film. Luckily TDKR succeeded on being a pretty darn good sequel and in my opinion TDKR was a way better than TDK. This was the first Batman film from Chris Nolan I genuinely liked for all the right reasons, In TDKR there was drama, a real sense of urgency and chaos and a load of action too. The scale of this film was much better, the story felt much bigger and the villain, Bane was such a beast of a guy and so badass! Also for the first time Batman actually got to fight someone in a one-on-one fight and it was friggin awesome! The cinematography, sound design and epic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer made TDKR one of my favourite films this year.
3. The Amazing Spider-Man
Now this film is a bit questionable in its position as my third favourite film of the summer. Don’t get me wrong The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty damn good, but in a lot of ways it didn’t meet the requirements for the kind of Spider-Man film I would like to watch. Obviously we all know the deal with this film being a reboot of the Spider-Man film series and how it was going to be the untold story of Peter Parker with the film following the comic book source material better while also creating its own story in the process. The end result in TASM is a good one. Andrew Garfield gave us a much more precise interpretation of Peter Parker, Emma Stone was also very good and pretty as Gwen Stacy and it was mainly their roles individually and together that made the film work. The action and CGI was pretty good too and the soundtrack has its special moments too. However their were a good few issues I had with TASM. The film’s interpretation of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard isn’t nearly good as it is in the comics, and I just wasn’t wowed by much in the film which really was the main thing that bugged me. I think the marketing for TASM hurt the film greatly by showing far too much in the trailers and TV spots. But anyway to summarize TASM is a good film, some say the best Spidey film to date (though I still feel that’s Spider-Man 2), but I am more interested in what they’ll do with a sequel and hope that I’ll find what I’m looking for there.
4. The Watch
To be honest I didn’t think this film would be in my top 5 of the summer. With the questionable reception it got in America I thought The Watch would just be an okay comedy film… Man I was glad to be wrong! The Watch was frigging hilarious and while it wasn’t as funny as I was hoped and certainly wasn’t the best comedy film I had ever seen, it was the best comedy I saw this year. I remember seeing the teaser for this film and thought it looked hilarious, but when I found out about the alien invasion aspect of the film I thought it would suck. Luckily there is still a great amount of fun to be had with this film and I think it works really well because it’s just really stupid humour and it kicks so much ass! But it’s really the performances from Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade that makes The Watch such an enjoyable film to watch.
5. The Expendables 2
Now this is what I’m talking about! Just some beastly film about great action stars coming together and destroying stuff, yay! The Expendables 2 is just a fun time in the cinema and I certainly came out of the cinema with a grin of satisfaction on my face. The film isn’t a greatly executed piece of art, it’s just an action film full of gunfire, fighting, explosions and chaos and it all kicks ass! It is just great to see some of these older action stars return to the big screen after all these years especially with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 2 is just a big, dumb load of fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously and its also pretty funny too with movie references aplenty.
Now to conclude one could argue that I am a bit biased towards comic book films, but what can I say, when I want some entertainment in the cinema they always seem to deliver (when they are made properly). Either way that’s my top 5 films of this summer, while at least 2 of these films delivered completely, as a whole this summer of films felt pretty weak overall when compared to the last two. Well that’s been my list of films for the summer, drop me a comment and let me know your own favourite films of the summer. Until the next time people, later on! 😀