Top Five Best Summer Movies 2017
Director Christopher Nolan has done it once again and continues to be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Beautifully shot, brilliantly directed, and incredibly well-acted, “Dunkirk” exhibits the horrific aspects of warfare from the eyes of soldiers and bystanders alike from the air, the land, and the sea. This is surely one of Nolan’s finest works and a war film done right with flying colors.
4. Wind River
Writer Taylor Sheridan makes a strong directorial debut with this suspenseful, engaging successor to 2015’s “Sicario” and 2016’s “Hell or High Water” preceding it. While it doesn’t reach the pinnacle of filmmaking those two did, it was nonetheless an incredibly effective murder-mystery thriller with great themes and messages regarding Native American reservations and great performances coming out of Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as well.
3. Baby Driver
By far one of the most exciting, riveting blockbusters of recent memory, “Baby Driver” is one of the the few films to come out this year, or even the past few years for that matter, that clearly has its own distinct style and energy. With fantastically slick action set-pieces, outstanding performances, incredibly sharp dialogue, and brilliant use of music, this is a movie worth revisiting over and over again.
2. Wonder Woman
The last time a comic book film came out that had both an emotionally resonant story and a character that brought a sense of hope and joy to audiences was back in 1978 with the release of Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie.” Now comes a film that brings to light ideas of hope, empowerment, and heroism for a new generation of moviegoers in “Wonder Woman.” It’s thanks to Director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot that women everywhere have a new superhero to look up to and give comic-book movies the push they need to move forward.
1. The Big Sick
Calling it simply one of the best films of the year is a huge understatement. This is easily one of the best rom-coms of this century. Authentic, heartwarming, enchanting, endearing, and most importantly, hilarious, “The Big Sick” is more than just the best movie to see on a first date. It also brings to light issues regarding different cultures clashing and siding between one’s own beliefs and the ideologies of one’s own family, making it an incredibly topical film to watch and talk about for years to come.
Top Five Worst Summer Movies 2017
5. The Mummy
This was by far the biggest disappointment of the summer, if not the entire year. Rather than tell a clear-cut horror-thriller about its title character, it changes its focus on putting in so many easter eggs, set-ups, and connective tissue in order to try and set up the entire “Dark Universe,” meaning it had a dull narrative and the talents of both Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are almost wasted. Let’s hope things only go up from here.
4. Wish Upon
This felt like a Disney Channel Original Movie from the mid-2000s trying to be edgy. It had every single high school cliché going for it, from a blonde, beautiful bully to modern pop music playing in the intro. The main character had no life in her whatsoever and was self-absorbed and never learned from any of the mistakes she makes in the film, making her unlikable and never gets any development whatsoever. It’s a generic waste of time and money.
What a humongous waste of star power. Despite the cast’s great chemistry, every-single line they had to utter was like nails scraping a chalkboard over and over again. Every joke in this movie was tiring, unoriginal, and absolutely ineffective. If the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are incapable of making the audience laugh, there’s clearly a problem with the movie.
2. Transformers: The Last Knight
It’s literally the exact same movie over and over again. Jumbled action set-pieces, horrid attempts at comedy, an unfocused mess of a story, and bland, wooden characters continue to plague this franchise like the common cold. At this point, it’s unclear if this franchise can be cured of this sickness, but fingers crossed.
1. The Emoji Movie
The epitome of the age-old question, “Why?” Nothing but a clear, and poor, attempt at making a film about what’s “hip” and “popular” right now, “The Emoji Movie” has no heart, terribly bland characters, poor writing, no emotion, and no clear attempt at making a good movie whatsoever. Hollywood has to learn from this monstrosity of a mistake that just because something is “hip” and “popular” doesn’t mean it’ll be a good movie.
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