Summer 2013 offers mixed bag of films
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 19:09
What an exciting and disappointing summer 2013 has brought. I have not gotten around to seeing them all, and since there are so many, I have decided to trim down the list a bit and pick out my favorites, as well as some of the ones that I believe fell short of their potential.
First I am going to start out with my top 5 for the summer up until July 24th.
#1: “Star Trek: Into Darkness”
This is hands down the best film thus far in the 2013 year. I was amazed with its predecessor “Star Trek,” because within one motion length feature it got me, as well as a new generation of people, to get into “Star Trek” again.
“Into Darkness” followed up with everything that made “Star Trek” great. I was also very impressed that it gave all of the characters a decent amount of screen time, and their choices of villains.
#2 “This is the End”
This is one of those movies that just didn’t get the attention that it deserved. I did not have the highest expectations going into this film, especially since the last comedy I saw with this many big actors was horrible (e.g. “Movie 43”).
I could not have been more wrong. “This is the End” was nonstop laughs from beginning to end. The best aspect of the film, I thought, was that all of the comedic actors actually played themselves.
#3 “Man of Steel”
This film had very mixed reviews. I have never been a Superman guy myself, Batman has always been a personal choice, but Zach Snyder has given me a new hope for the Superman film franchise.
Unlike the Marvel films, this has maintained the DC feel, which has given it a darker feel than the light-hearted Marvel films.
This film is a straight reboot of the superman franchise and did not continue from the Christopher Reeves or Brandon Routh films.
Plus it has already been announced that Batman will appear in “Man of Steel 2!”
#4 “Pacific Rim”
Not often does a giant monster movie get made anymore, and especially a good one at that. That is why “Pacific Rim” has to go in the top 5.
From visionary director Guillermo del Toro comes one of the best giant monster movies in the past decade. This film does a good job appealing to the kid-friendly audiences, as well as adult audiences.
This is something I could have watched as a child and still been in love with today. Although I thought some things were a bit over-acted in the movie, it is still an excellent film, as well as visually stunning.
#5 “The Great Gatsby”
I had a love/hate relationship with “The Great Gatsby.”
I wasn’t overly fond of Jay-Z’s soundtrack for the film. Although some of the music played very well, some, however, did not and had taken me out of the moment.
Also the ending, which is well done, irritates me. Those who have seen the movie or have read the book will understand what I am talking about.
Other than those minor issues, I did find “The Great Gatsby” to be a very entertaining film, which was beautifully cast and visually striking.
Other films from this summer that I think that deserve a quick shout out are “Despicable Me 2,” “Now You See Me,” “World War Z,” “The Conjuring,” “The Wolverine” and “The Hangover 3.”
Even though it was one of the highest grossing films of the summer I did not get around to seeing “The Fast and the Furious 6,” so that is why it does not make my list.
Here is a short list of some movies that were released that I thought fell short of their potential and, though possibly not the worst movies this summer, were not at all worth my time.
The ones I thought that fell short of their potential were as follows:
This movie had a great concept and started off well, but failed more and more as the movie progressed.
This film was just a big mediocre, but funny Google commercial
“Only God Forgives”
I loved “Drive,” but this new film from Nicholas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling was just odd and did not have one character to which you could attach yourself — not to mention that “Only God Forgives” was in slow motion for 1/3 of the film.
I didn’t hate this movie as much as other critics did, but after watching the film it did have so much potential to be a good sci-fi film.
I loved “Monsters Inc,” but “Monsters University” just felt like a stereotypical PG college movie that had the characters from “Monsters Inc.” attached.