Goodbye Summer: Summer Movies of 2017

The Summer of 2017 had apparently the worst box office in over a decade (ouch). In spite of this, I actually went to the movies pretty frequently (and suffered through a heap and a half of terribleness).

These are my recommendations for movies this summer!

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The Best Movie Of The Summer: Baby Driver

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I’m going to try to keep my chill here, and I apologize if I fail.

BABY DRIVER IS BY FAR THE BEST MOVIE OF THE SUMMER!

Well, that didn’t last very long. Honestly, though, I’ve watched this movie three times and can’t wait to watch it again.

Baby Driver isn’t just the best movie of the summer, it’s also one of my favorite movies of the year. Expertly directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy), Baby Driver tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver and music lover who works for a ruthless crime lord (Kevin Spacey), until meeting a musically inclined waitress (Lily Cole) who makes him want to turn his life around.

A hybrid that is simultaneously a heist, driving, action, and musical (where no one sings) movie, Baby Driver is a showcase of just how talented Edgar Wright is, and how special his directing style is becoming. Due to a childhood ailment, Baby must listen to music and we, as the audience, experience the world through his eyes and ears. The music, a very specific soundtrack around which the script was written, dictates every twist and turn of the movie.

If you watch one movie off this list, let this be the one because my words could never do justice to the sheer amazingness that is watching a movie so stylish, so blood pumping, so carefully planned out and choreographed that everything falls into place like magic.

 

The Trash: Baywatch

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Reader, I’m going to be very blunt here: this movie is absolute trash. Like, for real. Trash. T.R.A.S.H. It’s a walking cliche that is poorly made and clearly a nostalgia fueled cash grab. At one point Zac Efron has about 2 minutes of great acting before he realizes what movie he’s in so he takes his shirt off and jumps into a pool.

No, I’m not joking. This movie is a mess. Which is why I loved it.

Sometimes, what you need in life is a terrible movie, and this is the perfect summer trashy movie. Slightly inspired by the 90’s TV Show (the stars have brief cameos), Baywatch stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and it’s nearly two hours of summer shenanigans, beach bodies, bad acting, cheap laughs, and a loosely threaded “plot”.

It’s what summer movie outings with friends were made for, and for that alone, I heartily recommend it.

The Girl’s Night Out: Rough Night

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Girl’s Trip didn’t premiere in my country (yes, I am annoyed), so this is my Girl’s Outing rec, because I watched it with girls and we had a popcorn filled blast.

It’s a tale as old as time: girl (Scarlett Johanson) goes on weekend long bachelorette party with friends, girl drinks, girl gets a lap dance from a stripper, girl’s friend accidentally kills the stripper, girl and friends scramble to get rid of the body. Who hasn’t has one of those weekends?

Both funny and dramatic, Rough Night has one of the best comedic casts this year (Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz), oodles of well written female friendship, and, surprisingly, the best portrayal of a lesbian relationship I’ve seen in a very long time on the big screen.

 

The Action Movie: Atomic Blonde

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Let’s state the obvious here: Charlize Theron could make me watch paint dry if she was standing next to it. I’ve watched great movie’s she’s been in (Monster, Mad Max), and I’ve watched terrible movies she’s been in (A Million Ways to Die in the WestThe Huntsman: Winter’s War). Atomic Blonde lies somewhere in between those two descriptors.

As with everything, Charlize Theron is a convincing spy, charged in this movie to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West, just as the Berlin Wall was collapsing. Though the plot and pacing aren’t at times the best, style wise the movie is visually interesting, James McAvoy and Charlize Theron give great performances and the action is well executed.

 

The Comic Book Choice: Spider-Man Homecoming

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*sigh* So, here’s the thing: Spider-Man is my favorite superhero, has been since I was a kid. I have way more comic books than I can count, and more t-shirts than a 10-year-old boy. And yet, when I saw the announcement for this movie, I cringed. Who needs a third itineration of the same character in less than 10 years?

Just to spite me (and possibly make money), this movie was good. Actually, it was a bit more than good, it was pretty great. Entertaining plot. Solid superheroing. Growing Pains. A fantastic young cast. A perfect blockbuster summer.

Tom Holland is the best incarnation of Spider-Man I’ve seen on the big screen so far, and even with some characterization and storytelling flaws (and more Tony Stark than I’d personally like), Spider-Man Homecoming is a good movie that I’d recommend even to people who aren’t fans of the comic books.

The One That Still Hasn’t Premiered: Detroit

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Detroit is the latest movie by Kathryn Bigelow, aka the first (and thus far only) woman to win the Oscar for Best Director, aka my personal heroine. Starring an awesome cast (John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie), it’s based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit’s 1967 12th Street Riot, and it looks like one of those great movies that are hard to watch, but ultimately worth it.

Though the movie is a summer premiere in the US, it’s only arriving at my country in a week or so, and I intend on watching it the second it hits theaters.

 

What about you, dear reader, what were your favorite movies this summer?

Xoxo,

Sara A.

 

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