Summer movies have officially come and gone. Now that the smoke has cleared from the battles with super solider, rival mutants shaping the course of time, mutated Turtles, extraordinary giant alien robots, and some old school action from legendary action heroes, I am ready to rank the top movies of the summer. I will give a rundown of my top 5 films of the summer and then a rundown of my remaining top films later this week, so let’s get to it.
#1 film of the summer:
Captain America: The Winter Solider
I raved about this film during my review and even though it’s been a few months, this film still has me convinced that it was the best even though by the slimmest of margins compared to a certain film involving a group of alien misfits (see next film below). This film had the best story and mix of that traditional Marvel feel as well as a blend of the old spy, conspiracy films. Cap (Chris Evans) was at his very best in this one along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), along with an intriguing a favorite of mine in the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) was amazing and let’s not forget about the legendary Robert Redford who is known for those spy conspiracy films. The fight sequences within the film were the best; all action comic films should hire the individuals involved. This film sets the standard for Marvel films to come.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Critics labeled this film a gamble because of the unknown characters. They were so wrong. This film was absolutely ground breaking (see review). This in many ways was the number 1 film of the summer in terms of it totally crushing all the critics and bloggers who doubted the success of the film. It absolutely opened up an entire new world for Marvel. James Gunn and Kevin Feige knew what they had when creating such a film. The characters are mysterious, funny and work in perfect harmony when on screen together. I said it before and I will say it again this film will become just as big as or even bigger than that of Avengers, because of how different and unknown they are. The Marvel universes just got a bit interesting with the likes of Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel) and last but not least, fan favorite Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper). GOTG is slated to return in 2017.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
I initially, before the summer movies started, had this film at # 1 , but oh how things change once you get a taste of what both Captain America and what Guardians of The Galaxy brought to the table, however, this film was amazing in every right(see my review), the veteran cast were at their best in Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen , Halle Berry , Patrick Stewart as well as the first class cast in Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy , Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence. I still had continuity issues with the film with their effort in trying to convince the audiences that both Xavier and Mystique grew up together when in the previous X-Men films that was not the case, I also would have liked to see more of the entire original cast in the film including Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast since that was my favorite part of the film, seeing them return. The film never explained Charles X, resurrection which bothered me as well. All in all this film was absolutely something to see in how director Bryan Singer was able to blend the original with that of the newer cast and in turn make it work and re-boot a franchise that fans have been following since 2000.
Transformers: Age of Extinction:
As someone who grew up watching the Transformers cartoon and one who was heavy in following them in comics, I have to say Michael Bay has absolutely not given any justice toward the source material of Transformers, my complaints from the beginning was always not enough character development with the Transformers and too much screen time to the humans and whatever female Bay has in the film , and last but not least instead of pulling from a library of countless Transformers that have actually existed with the Transformers universe he create these unknown weird Autobots and Decepticons. We have yet to see Cup, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Hot Rod, Blaster, I believe RC was in 2 however she was blown to bits , Jazz was killed in the first film which was absolutely ridiculous seeing how out of all the Autobots to die in the animated series he lived. With all of my complaints about the Transformers film thus far, this film was my favorite of them all. It was a great step towards how the Transformers should be handled moving forward because in this film we saw the remaining Autobots remain in hiding until Prime returns and upon making his return the movie takes off. This film features a darker angrier Prime, whose ideals and faith in humanity is pushed to the limit with the hunting and killing his comrades who fought along him in protecting Earth. Kelsey Grammer portrays CIA Agent Harold Attinger, whose main objective is to rid the world of the remaining Transformers, however his views have pushed him to ultimately cross the line toward being more villainous than savior for the human populous. Aiding the humans in hunting the Transformers are Bountyhunter and Lockdown, who makes known that he was sent to earth to find and bring back Optimus Prime, from an unknown party.
New Autobots in Hound (John Goodman) an original from the animated series was the highlight of the film alongside the debut of the Dinobots as well as Autobots Ninja Drift (Ken Watanabe), and lastly Crosshairs (John DiMaggio). Bumblebee returned also, although I feels he looks just like that robot from the short circuit film, I am so hopeful with how they have designed the newer Autobots that they do the same for Bumblebee because I feel he looks ridiculous, bugged out eyes and all. Megatron is brought back as Galvatron by government heads who believe they are controlling him along with other robots they have created from Transformers they have captured. I feel really this was a step up for the franchise, as Mark Wahlberg is a great actor who brings a sense of drama and comedy to the film, but he also can carry action sequences without it looking ridiculous or awkward ala Shia LaBeouf in past Transformers films. The changing of the human cast was a huge step in the right direction which made the movie that much appealing.
At the end of the movie Optimus Prime leaves Earth in search of his creators who apparently have a hit out on him. If you are familiar with the Transformers mythology you will know that the creators of the Transformers were the Quintessons, we may be looking at Transformers 5 being set on Cybertron or another planet which will be very interesting yet a new take from the film perspective. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the second film in its franchise to hit the 1 billion dollar mark since Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Despite what critics had to say initially about this film and with the look of the Turtles, as a person who grew up a huge fan of the black and white graphic novels as well as the cartoon series, this movie was as on point as you could be with a film featuring mutated turtles who are trained in martial arts by a rat. The Turtles looked great, we have come such a long way from the 1989 turtles which were men walking around in rubber suites; now don’t get me wrong, the first film will always hold a special place for me, however this film did justice to those who are fans and kids who are following the very successful TMNT animated series. Being a huge fan of the T.V series Monk, I feel Tony Shalhoub did an awesome job voicing Splinter who raised and trained the turtles. The film feature actor William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) who does a great job at portraying the film antagonist, he plays himself to be the city white knight however behind the scenes he is working with Shredder and the villainous organization know as the Foot Clan, who has been terrorizing the city. Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) was a huge step up from that of the original version, his weapons were absolutely amazing. With all the comic action films that are being made along with the ever growing of animation that is taking place I feel we were able to see Shredder do some pretty awesome things in this film with his weaponry. I was also pleased to see how Fichtner was not Shredder as the previews lead one to believe.
As much as I loved the Turtles and as straight forward the films plot was to follow , there are a few things this film can do to improve upon in its sequel, as it has been announced that we will get TMNT 2 , and that thing is Megan Fox, she has truly solidified my belief in how she absolutely has to be one of the worst actors in Hollywood, I mean each and every time on screen marked yet more reason to question why she was even brought on to a rebooted franchise seeing as how her and Michael Bay had fallen out during transformers. She was not the only human actor that the film could really do without, Will Arnett did not serve a purpose and I feel he is not that great of an actor however, anyone acting alongside Megan Fox will look bad due to her skills or lack thereof. Whoopi Goldberg was great in the limited time she had in the film, she along with William Fichtner represented the best of the human in the film. The battles between Shredder, Splinter and the Turtles were awesome, and I look forward to seeing how they build upon things in TMNT 2. The film played toward a faithful adaptation of not only the Turtles but the mythology surrounding the material. Each Turtle was given time within the film to showcase who they are and what they can do. With a opening weekend of 65 million Turtles will jump back in to action in June 3, 2016.
Stay tuned later this week as I reveal the rest of my top films of the summer.