Yo people, time for me to give you my late list of my favourite summer films of 2014. Now, as I’ve said before in my favourite films of the year so far, this year has been way better for films than 2013 and I’ve had such a great time in the cinema and seen so many films that I not only expected to be good but a lot of which I didn’t expect as well. But before we get into the main 5, I’m just going to go through some of the films that didn’t make the list that was still pretty good.
- Godzilla – Now this was a film that automatically jumped into my top 5 but by the time August came around it had to be removed which really broke my heart. I know this film wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and I know a lot of people who hated this film (to an unfair degree in my opinion). Sure the film didn’t have a fully compelling human story and the lack of Bryan Cranston was disheartening, however, this version of Godzilla was a fierce beast of a creature. On top of that, the film was tense, atmospheric, had awesome cinematography, music and one of the most badass kills in recent film history.
- Edge of Tomorrow – I did not expect to like this film at all, the trailers and advertising made it look so shit, but this film was the most unexpected surprise I’ve had in a while. Here we have a sci-fi film with a good story, cool action and a great sense of humour, and on top of that we have Emily Blunt being a total badass and Tom Cruise in his least ‘Tom Cruise’ performance in years and it was awesome.
- 22 Jump Street – I thought this film would be alright, but I ended up loving it by the time the film was over. 22 Jump Street was definitely more of the same, but that’s what made it so good. The film was self-aware and featured the same kind of fun and chaos that made the previous film so much fun but on a larger scale. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube are still funny as hell.
- Begin Again – I expected this to be just some dramatic rom-com about people from different lives coming together through the power of music, but the film was so much more than that. It was a great film about 2 people who were passionate about music and decide to create something amazing together and change each other’s lives. Sure the story is a bit conventional, but the soundtrack and performances from Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley are hard not to like.
- Hector and the Search for Happiness – I didn’t know what to expect from to like this film I saw the posters and thought it would be another generic British comedic film with a bit of drama. But luckily it was a compelling, funny and quite heartwarming with a great central performance from Simon Pegg.
- The Expendables 3 – Honestly, this wasn’t one of the best action films I have seen this year and this is arguably the weakest of the Expendables films considering that it doesn’t have as many memorable films stars as before. That being said, I cannot deny the amount of fun I had with this film, seeing Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson on-screen again after so long along with Antonio Banderas and the rest of the crew was cool and when the action was on-point it was great.
I knew that this film would be a good session, that being said, I thought it wouldn’t be nearly as fun as the last film, luckily I was wrong. The Inbetweeners 2 is a film that is just as good as its predecessor, though lacking in originality in some respects. The film has no shame, it is blunt, crazy and is willing to put its main characters through so much for our entertainment. Overall it is strange, cringeworthy and super funny experience when everything comes together.
This was a film I had hoped was going to be good, but what I didn’t expect was how much better it would be than the previous film. HTTYD2 does everything that an animated film sequel should do, it takes what worked in the first film and makes it better while adding some new elements too. The story is wonderful and heartfelt, the characters were great and the presentation is fabulous.
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
I was so worried about this film before it came out, I mean I knew that it would be worth a watch, but considering some of the cast choices and Bryan Singer’s dodgy track record with films since X-Men 2, I had a right to be concerned. Luckily the film was everything I wanted and then some, Bryan Singer and his crew successfully created a great comic book film which took the best elements of the old and new X-Men films and meshed it together with a fabulous cast, awesome action sequences and its use of time travel which re-wrote the timeline and deleted the bad X-Men films from existence which just makes it that much sweeter.
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Arguably, this film could have been my number one at one point and I am sure for some it is their favourite film of the summer and for good reason too. DOTPOTA takes the foundation that was made in the first film god and amplifies it by ten. Humans take a back seat to this story about the apes as they develop and grow as a community and then eventually face conflict not only from the surviving human but also within their own group too. The tone, atmosphere, performances, cinematography and CGI were all on-point, those visual effects are some of the best stuff I have seen in any film for a while now. Andy Serkis and the rest of the film crew have crafted something really special and made me want so much more in the sequel.
In the end was there any doubt in your mind about what would be number 1 on this list? While some of the other entries on this list are pretty dramatic and different, Marvel still knows how to grab my attention and make films that I want to see even when I have no clue as to how it will turn out. I had a lot of a hope that this film would be good, but what I didn’t expect was how fun and delightful this would be. GotG is pure sci-fi and comedy blended very well, and I liked how the story was about a group of individuals from different backgrounds coming together to become more, it is basically the Avengers, but in space and on a larger and crazier scale. Groot and Rocket Raccoon were the obvious standout characters, Chris Pratt is also amazing as Star-Lord and the gorgeous soundtrack are just a handful of reasons why I loved this film. I want the sequel now! XD
So how do you feel about my list and are any of your favourites on here? And what were your favourite films of the summer? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀