Although I like small, intimate movies as much as the next gal, I really enjoy the big budget movies that come out in the summer. I mean, they have superheroes, explosions, loud noises and special effects! Sometimes that’s just what I need. But to be honest, I’ve found this summer’s offering of movies to be a little uneven. No, I haven’t seen every movie that’s come out this summer. There are even a few I’m interested in (like Epic or Now You See Me) that I’ll probably just wait and borrow from the library. But for the movies I have seen so far, I thought I’d give them a little report card.
Iron Man 3– Is it funny? Yes. Does it have cool action sequences? Double Yes! But Iron Man 3 has too much running around without really accomplishing anything, leaving it’s central characters feeling neglected as a result. After seeing The Avengers, which showed us how good a Marvel movie can be, this one ends up barely above average. C+
Star Trek: Into Darkness– Although it falls short of it’s predecessor, this movie is just plain fun. Screen writers Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Roberto Orci may have issues with logic and real world science, but they can balance an ensemble cast like a boss, giving each face it’s moment to shine. Top this up with fantastic acting from Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chis Pine, and you have something close to everything a summer blockbuster should be. B+
This is the End– I went into this movie knowing next to nothing about the film, and that turned out to be a good thing. The jokes in This is the End occasionally fall flat, but the majority of the time this self deprecating comedy works really well. The banter between cast mates feels so natural that you have to wonder how much was scripted and how much was just improve. Well done. B
Man of Steel– I’ve never been a big Superman fan, so I was perfectly fine with this new version of the classic character. I loved the sci-fi emphasis and found the casting to be spot on in even the smallest of roles. Unfortunately, for every moment of brilliance in this film, there is a moment where it falls short. And where I was willing to overlook the occasionally illogical plot twist in Star Trek, I just couldn’t do it here. Man of Steel comes off as overstuffed, with too many ideas and repetitive action sequences. Worth a rental from the library, but nothing more. C
Monsters University– So as Monsters University as good as Monster Inc? Of course not, but it’s still so much fun. Monsters University is chock full of lovable characters, brilliant voice acting, and surprisingly clever dialogue. Anyone that has seen Monster Inc will see the twist at the end coming, but it’s a pretty revolutionary idea to put in in a Disney/Pixar film never the less. Clearly, Pixar does not believe in coddling its kid audience. B+