From superheroes to talking teddy bears, this summer has delivered enough blockbusters to keep any moviegoer happy.
So now that it’s officially moving toward the holiday season, it’s time to ask the big question: What was the best movie of the summer? These are our picks. What’s yours? Tell us in the comments and in the forums! (Warning: SPOILERS)
Since it is one of my all time favorite book series, I will admit I had my doubts about a movie adaptation of The Hunger Games. After you’ve connected with a character on such a level as I had with Katniss and spent time with the twisted world of Panem, I was hesitant to see it, on account I’ve been burned so many other times with movies made from books.
And boy was I wrong.
Not only was the movie my favorite of the summer, I’m pretty sure it’ll be my favorite of the year, if not one of my all-time favorites. Everything about the film worked for me; it wasn’t watered down to cater to non-readers, dialogue was good, and Jennifer Lawrence shot up on my favorite actresses list after her knockout performance as Katniss. Everyone on the supporting cast was fantastic, the story was well-paced, the world well-imagined, and the games themselves were portrayed with every ounce of the wicked cruelty the book had. It was a fantastic film that resonated with me long after watching it, and for that reason, it’s my favorite movie of the summer.
I know everybody was all about the superhero movies this summer, but my favorite film of the season was Ted. I’m a shameless Seth MacFarlane fan; my life is approximately 85% Family Guy and American Dad quotes, and Ted was a perfect example of his humor. I was literally almost non-stop laughing, which, in all fairness, I did throughout The Dark Night Rise as well, albeit for the wrong reasons. Although Seth didn’t exactly stretch his voice acting to the limit, a fact that was at least in-joked about in the film, he was hilarious as Ted, and even Marky Mark couldn’t put a damper on the film’s humor. In fact, after being pleasantly surprised at his last attempt at humor in The Other Guys, I have to give him props. Mila Kunis is always a plus, and, although she isn’t winning any Oscars, she does a good job and is possibly the most beautiful woman on the planet. Enough for me.
Obviously Ted wasn’t a deep social commentary or anything and was a little too predictable for my tastes, but as a pure humor movie, it did its job and more. When Marky Mark let out a fart in the restaurant and the business started screaming, I literally started crying I was laughing so hard. Maybe I’m just too much of a MacFarlane fanboy, or maybe I just don’t care enough about comics and superheroes, but I would take Ted over any of the other summer blockbusters I watched this year.
Although I do find The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises to be my two most anticipated movies for the summer, I think I will go against the grain and say the best movie of the summer was Prometheus. I have to choose this movie because it has been the one of all three that I have not stopped talking and thinking about. Avengers was a fantastic movie, but it was mores fantastic simply because they didnt ruin it.This movie only had the options to be either really good or really bad and we all lucked out on that one. The Dark Knight Rises was a worthy ending to a trilogy, but I cannot bring myself to give it more praise than The Dark Knight and I feel I struggled like many others did to give it a chance to be better than its predecessor.
However, I want to choose Prometheus for a few reasons. One reason is that I love smart, well paced, scary space horror flicks and I dont think I have seen a good one since Sunshine. Second, This movie did a fantastic job being/not being a prequel to the Alien saga. Third, the movie made me think in ways I have been waiting for a movie to challenge me to think. When was the last time you had the entire nation arguing over the numerous unanswered questions from a Sci-fi flick? I had family members from across the country e-mailing me to see if they could start up a conversation. The film was almost poetic in pace, beautiful imagery throughout, and downright creepy.
This is a tough one because of the sheer number of movies I have seen this summer. I immediately thought The Dark Knight Rises, but upon further reflection I’m going to have to go with Prometheus. I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise and besides serving as a sort of origin story for humanity, the film doubles as origin story for another particular creature (no spoilers beyond what I just said). The Weyland Corporation, androids, and even xenomorph creatures all make an appearance, adding dimension to the Alien universe. Yet Prometheus, despite establishing itself within this Alien universe, still manages to carve out its own niche and stand independently. The story is interesting, entertaining, engrossing, and thrilling, making it welcome addition to the Alien mythos.
My favorite summer movie was definitely The Avengers. It had it all: wisecracking Hulks, warring Norse gods, Black Widow kicking ass and taking names, and all the rest of the cool kids. The Avengers could’ve been a real mess of a movie if it hadn’t been thoughtfully handled. And I mean, sure, the alien invasion wasn’t exactly a new or interesting plot, but with all the cool character scenes and massive destruction did anyone really notice that? I did, I just didn’t care. I loved the concentration on each character as an individual. I enjoyed watching them find a way to actually work together to save earth. And then Thanos at the end! After the movie, my friends and I spent hours discussing (or arguing) whether Agent Coulson is actually dead or not (I say he’s alive. Life Model Decoy! That is all!) I can’t wait to see where they go from here. Maybe now that they’ve got a team pretty much assembled, they can work on the plot of the movie and do something really awesome.
Out of all the movies I’ve seen this summer, I’m going to have to go with the crowd and say The Avengers. I’m not a comic book buff, but the way the movie was directed made it so that even the uninitiated like myself could comprehend everything that was happening. I had serious doubts whether the movie would be able to live up to the mountain of hype built around it, but I was not the least bit disappointed when I finally did manage to see it in theaters. Amazing, and realistic, special effects, great chemistry between the cast, and jaw-dropping setpieces, not to mention the nice bits of comedy thrown here and there, pretty much sealed the deal for me. It was either this or The Dark Knight Rises, and for me, The Avengers just ever-so-slightly edged The Dark Knight Rises.