The 2014 summer movie season is about halfway over and it's been a wild ride. This has to be one of my favorite summers since 2012 with the highly anticipated Avengers movie coming out followed by The Dark Knight Rises. It's so strange to think this was a summer that so many enjoyable films were released so that almost every single weekend was something must-see. The big question is what was your absolute favorite?
First, I have to say an obvious contender is the movie released just about a month ago X-Men: Days of Future Past. This was such a huge relief for X-Men fans because Bryan Singer was able to follow up Matthew Vaughn's 2011 X-Men: First Class with a sequel that fixed the franchise yet, was a terrific standalone film to watch. It currently holds the title of #1 in the box office passing Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and of course Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sure, some audience members might think you need to see ALL the X-Men films to understand what's going on but honestly, besides a couple moments you can go in a complete X-Men-film-virgin and still have a grand time watching Quicksilver kick ass, Hugh Jackman looking bigger than ever and Sentinels running amuck. To see my full review from the "So I Saw Show" check out the link directly here:
Some more films that graced our screens were some comedies such as Neighbors which surprisingly blew people away along with the buddy-cop action comedy 22 Jump Street. One film in particular I was very excited for that had a pretty good run but had the bad luck of being released only a week before X-Men: Days of Future Past was the Godzilla reboot.
Godzilla was a film that most people walked in and honestly didn't expect anything spectacular but ended up walking out with smiles on their faces for the most part. Sure, it's not a perfect film by any means but watching the big 'G' fighting monsters and using his blue fire breath you couldn't help but applaud the carnage. Sure, some of the human characters like Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen weren't anything special. However, Bryan Cranston was tremendous as he always is for his short run in the film and have to believe brought a lot of butts to the seats. You can pick summer movies like Godzilla apart but the main thing was it brought a franchise back that many believed to be dead and gave it a serious tone. For my full review of that film you can also check it out right here:
One film I did not get to officially review but saw it in theaters opening night with my fiancee was The Fault in Our Stars. A lot of guys reading this are probably like "wow, you got dragged to see THAT with your girl? That sucks!" Actually, it didn't. This was a film that pleasantly surprised me. It had all the makings of a sappy chick flick for the diehard female fans who read the books. Honestly, it was a great little film. It took the emotionally real story of battling cancer, how cancer effects your loved ones around you and made it a fun coming of age journey. I especially liked the dark humor of the characters simply spitting in the seriousness of their health issues. Yes, there were numerous females who were in need of a truckload of tissues but if you didn't tear up in that film you don't have a soul. I'll man up right now and say I was tearing up like crazy. I always love when films surprise me and this one certainly did.
I hate to jump back over to the comic book films again but being summer blockbuster season you know there are a bunch of those around every corner. I'm going to chat again about the film that left me pumping my fist in enjoyment like when athletes score a winning point. That's the feeling this film gave me when I left. Captain America: The Winter Soldier may be my favorite film of the 2014 summer season so far. After the first Avengers movie a couple years ago I really was curious how could Marvel ever top this? Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World were fun an entertaining but this Cap sequel took it to another level.
It was able to give us slobber knocker action, emotion, character development, real twists no one could've seen coming and just an overall sense of awe. I loved Chris Evans partnering up with Scarlett's Black Widow to try to go up against seemingly all of S.H.I.E.L.D while also dealing with the Winter Soldier villain. This is a film that I simply cannot wait to rush to the stores to buy on DVD. Marvel has yet another tough film to top with Guardians of the Galaxy coming out early August. Will it be another Marvel film to blow us away? For my full review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier click right here:
I could write all day about all the other films that came out this summer but I don't want to bore you so simply vote below. What was your favorite? Was it sequels like How to Train Your Dragon 2 or The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Was it newer films like Edge of Tomorrow or Transcendence? Perhaps you simply just want to see what's coming out in the second half of summer like Guardians in the Galaxy or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?