Dunkirk  Photo Courtesy of  Scenes Media

Dunkirk

Photo Courtesy of  Scenes Media

Summer Movies that didn't Suck

This summer’s movies had some of the lowest box office ratings ever. There were movies that could be called the worst movie ever made, such as The Emoji Movie and Baywatch. There were also some mediocre movies such as  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. that may not have been awful, but after you left the theater, you probably forgot you even saw them, like. Nonetheless, there were a couple of blockbusters that were definitely worth seeing. Here are our top 3 movies from this summer:

 

Wonder Woman: 9/10

D.C.’s newest superhero movie, Wonder Woman, is a refreshing take on superhero films. Monster director Patty Jenkins offers a story unlike many of the recent “save the world” superhero narratives. The story follows Diana, a woman raised by Amazons on the hidden island of Themyscira, who teams up with a group of men to save lives during World War I, and learns about the human race in the process.

If you liked Kill Bill, Frozen, Mulan, or Miss Congeniality, you’ll like Wonder Woman.

Best Parts: comic relief in between the action and the fact that Wonder Woman is a likable and fully realized female superhero.

Rating: 9/10

Why it’s not 10/10: Though the film was incredibly enjoyable, some of the special effects were a bit too obvious at times. The villain was also not very scary.  

Dunkirk: 9.5/10

Dunkirk tells the story of the miraculous evacuation of 300,000 soldiers off the beaches of Dunkirk during World War II from three separate viewpoints: land, air, and sea. By stripping the characters of backstories and offering only this one moment, director Christopher Nolan allows viewers to see themselves in the men’s shoes. There is almost no blood seen throughout the movie, making it a solely emotional and mental horror. Dunkirk is a beautiful, realistic, and minimalist film of survival in its purest form. The best summary of the plot and feeling of the movie can be found in the final exchange: “All we did is survive,” with the reply, “That’s enough.”

If you liked The Pianist, Chariots of Fire, or Gravity, you’ll like Dunkirk.

Best Parts: the realism (two of the main characters weren't heroes, just scared boys scrambling to live) and the ending.

Rating: 9.5/10

Why it’s not 10/10: There's no doubt that Dunkirk is an exceptionally made movie, but at times it was a bit hard to follow.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming: 8.3/10

The newest Spider-Man movie has proved to be a hit in theaters! It centers around the young hero, played by Tom Holland, fighting against the Vulture, working for the Avengers, and struggling his way through high school. While certain past Spider-Man films have been flops, the critics all loved this new take on the character. Holland portrays “the amazing Spider-Man” as an awkward, relatable teenager who keeps things interesting as he tries to navigate fights with the best of intentions. This movie had plenty of quick hits that were ona par with all the classic action of superhero films.

If you liked The Karate Kid, Batman (1989), or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’ll like Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Best Parts: Tom Holland’s unbridled enthusiasm, the differences between his “average” high school life and his extraordinary superhero life, and the huge role humor plays.

Rating: 8.3/10

Why it’s not 10/10: As much as this movie was delightfully funny, and Tom Holland was extremely earnest (and actually the correct age for the character), it was more or less still the classic formula for a superhero movie, lacking the emotional depth of Wonder Woman.