The summer movie season of 2014 is coming to a close. For some it's the time of the year they are heading back to school, for others their kids are going back to school and for some people in the middle it's just about this hot weather ending so we aren't sweating all the time. Okay, maybe that last one was just me. The summer of 2014 has been a pretty great year for movies. Earlier this summer I did an article asking everyone what was their favorite movie from April, May and June. You can find my first article clicking here!
For this article I'm going to be focusing on the movies that were released in July and August. The first movie I have to bring up that was arguably one of the best this entire summer was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn could've just been like any other typical blockbuster sequel that usually comes out in the summer. However, it was anything but that. Dawn is a movie that more franchises should strive to be like. This film contained fantastic characters that showed multiple points of view in this type of apocalyptic future where humans are left with the simplest of means and not the social media, and mobile technology luxury we enjoy today.
Andy Serkis returned as Caesar and simply stole the show with his motion capture performance. Not far behind him was Toby Kebbell as the villainous yet sympathetic Koba who showed that Serkis isn't the only one who can bring motion capture characters to life. Dawn was a movie that had real drama and story to help balance the spectacular action sequences. Action movies don't have to have terrible dialogue, weak characters and tons of explosions. They can have heart. Dawn showed us that. 2016 movie season should be on alert for when the third Planet of the Apes movie comes out and steals the entire summer. For my full written review on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes you can click here. If you want to also check out my video review you can see that below!
Some other movies this summer felt like things you'd see any summer. A couple comedies that no one will really remember in a couple months like Sex Tape and Let's Be Cops. Not to mention there's also some typical filler action movies like Lucy and Into the Storm. We can't forget the stereotypical sequel that usually no one asks for like The Expendables 3.
One movie that a lot of people didn't really care for or notice that I simply couldn't avoid because of the potential of the idea they have on their hands and that's The Purge: Anarchy. It was released a week after Dawn and I'm sure many people chose to go see that film again but I couldn't help but give Purge franchise a second chance after their failed first installment.
This movie should really be recognized for the fact that it listened to the viewers. When we were all upset that The Purge was just basically a home invasion movie we demanded to see the rest of the anarchy on the streets during the 12 hours of murder being legal. What did they do? They gave us the anarchy. Literally. The Purge: Anarchy is by no means a great film at all. It just simply goes to show that the smaller studios listen to what the audiences want and thus gave a better movie. Maybe by next summer the creators will learn from the mistakes of this film and keep improving to make this a great franchise it has the potential to be.
For my full written review go ahead and follow this link to that. My full video review on the movie can also be found right below:
August in the past has been sort of a throwaway month for movies. Everything good already came out April- July and August was sort of your chance to see what you might have missed or take a break before the fall and winter when movies aiming for Oscar nominations come out. August 1st changed the way studios will think from now on. Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy was Marvel Studios' 10th film released and after Captain America: The Winter Soldier had already blew audiences away at the beginning of April many were wondering can the studio hit a home-run twice in the matter of a few months. Not only did they hit a second home-run but they made arguably one of the best films in their cinematic universe. If you want to see my overall ranking of all 10 MCU movies jump to that article here.
Guardians, was one of the funnest movies you could see this summer. It made you laugh as much as any of the comedies could've this summer, it gave you those visually pleasing effects that you could see in movies like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and it gave you the action you might've been missing ever since you saw X-Men: Days of Future Past and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Guardians had everything. It was 2 hours of non-stop fun that broke records for a good reason. I'm sure most of you saw this movie and already know how great it is so I'll just stop gushing now.
Of course, if you want to see my full written review go ahead and click on this sentence. Also, don't forget my video review right below!
The last movie I'd like to bring up for the summer was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This rebooted franchise had me really trying to be optimistic. I tried to put aside the casting of Megan Fox. I tried to put aside that Michael Bay was producing and the director was the guy who did terrible films like Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans. I tried to even put aside how terrible the CGI/motion capture turtles looked. I TRULY gave this film a chance. I did it for my childhood growing up a huge turtles fan.
Nothing could really save this movie for me. The entire first 30 minutes was all about April O'Neil when I paid $16 to see the turtles, the effects were too distracting, Fox's acting was the usual bad for her, the origins story was changed in a way that really made Splinter's character kind of racist. I can go on and on about why this was a bad movie. It's a silly premise big talking ninja fighting turtles, I get that. The film couldn't help but apologize for the fact over and over. It would try to be dark like Nolan's Batman Begins then jump to trying to be goofy.
If you're going to be a fun-loving action kids movie. Be that! If you're going to be a darker more brooding like Turtles movie then BE THAT. Please, just pick one. God, I was so disappointed in this movie. I really wish this movie would've came out in March so that after seeing good movies like Winter Soldier, Days of Future Past, Dawn and Guardians I would've just forgot it. No, the studio just so happen to release it a week after Guardians and it had me just complaining like some angry internet ranting guy.
If you want to see my bash this turtles movie with my words some more in a written review click here. If you want to see my video review that is now my most watched review click below!
The only other movie I was considering seeing was Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. I'll admit I probably would've enjoyed it too but to be totally honest I was low on money due to rent/internet/electric coming a lot sooner then I thought! Next time I'll have to prepare. Overall, I have to say this was one of my favorite summers of movies. It may be the best for me. When was the last summer that we had more then just a couple good movies released? We had over a handful this summer of 2014 and as low as that number sounds it could be worse with movies nowadays.
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