If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Now that summer has officially wrapped up, it's time to look back at the movies we've experienced in the last four months and to rank the season as a whole.
A lot of people are saying that the Summer of 2012 movie season was overall disappointing but to be honest, I fairly enjoyed this summer. This is by no means up there with the worst summer on record, the 2010 season, but it wasn't the 2009 or 2011 summer season, which I thought were the best ones we had in a while.
There were some big surprises, movies that I hoped would be good that did end up living up to my expectations, movies that went above my expectations, movies that didn't meet my expectations. So, what were the best and worst movies of the summer in my opinion? Well, let's find out.
There were about 6 really good movies that I saw this summer that are worthy of this list. Some of the other summer films I saw like Prometheus, Expendables 2, Sparkle, Madagascar 3, The Dictator, Men In Black 3, and Ice Age: Continental Drift ranged from good to okay. But the 6 movies that I really liked and will definitely be in contention for the best of the year are...
6. PEOPLE LIKE US
Watching the trailer for this the first time around, I wasn't really sold on this despite the fact that I like both Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks and I was very curious to see the directorial debut by Alex Kurtzman (best known for his writing work on Lost, Fringe, and Star Trek).
Seeing the film itself, I ended up liking the film a lot more than the trailer was putting it as. They did the best job that they could've done with a story like this, in which Chris Pine finds out Elizabeth Banks is her long-lost sister, and I'm glad that they didn't push it to the point to bring incest into the story because honestly, after watching the last finale of Dexter, anything with incest in it pisses me off unless it's done right. Pine and Banks deliver the best performances of their careers and the film knew when to wrap the story up and to not get too melodramtic towards the end.
It's a pretty entertaining film that got snubbed big time at the box office and defintiely deserves a watch on DVD when it comes out.
Not one of Pixar's best films but it's better than Cars 2, that's the best you can say about this film.
The voice cast is very good, Kelly McDonald is terrific in the lead role and the chemistry between her and Emma Thompson works really well and the rest of the cast does good here too.
The biggest flaw is the story because it's like Pixar took the ideas for Brother Bear and the typical Disney princess movie and put them together. This wouldn't be a problem except we know Pixar can do better when it comes to storytelling.
Overall, it's an enjoyable movie but we all know that Pixar can do better than this and while Monsters University looks like it could be good, I hope Pixar can return to that greatness that solidified the computer animation film.
Every couple of years, we get the R rated comedy that takes everybody by surprise and becomes the sleeper hit and this year, it was Ted and it was the funniest R rated summer comedy I've seen since Wedding Crashers.
Seth MacFarlene makes the rough transition from TV to the big screen perfectly and creates a really memorable character in Ted that's possibly surpassed Brian and Stewie as my favorite MacFarlene character.
The only flaw comes into Giovanni Ribisi's character who is completely useless here. There's no reason for his character to be in here and his storyline that comes at the last minute towards the end is absolutely wasted and ruins the movie from being more enjoyable that I thought it was.
Other than that, Ted was very funny, it's one of the best summer comedies I've seen in awhile and I'll be very curious to see where Seth will go next.
3. SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
The biggest sleeper film of the summer that for the most part works all the way through. Steve Carell gives one of the best performances of his film career and I'm glad to see him going for these more dramatic roles with this, Crazy Stupid Love, and Hope Springs (which I've yet to seen) and I thought he was great in this movie and the chemistry between her and Keira Knightley kept the film moving.
A lot of people didn't like the film's ending but I really liked what they did with it. They didn't do the stupid thing by having the world come to an end be a metaphor for something. No, the world actually comes to an end as the two leads spend their last few minutes on the bed together and when the world ends, the film ends. I was very happy that they didn't cop out. If I had any problem with the end, it mostly had to do with Keira Knightley skipping out of seeing her parents one last time to spend a final moment with Carell. I know that it makes it a little more romantic but, you skipped out on seeing your parents for the last time to see the guy you fell in love with after only a few days. At the same time, it didn't ruin the end for me but I still felt that they could've come up with a better way to fix that.
Besides that, the rest of the movie was so enjoyable, it knew what the perfect blend of comedy and drama was and it ran a good enough pace where it didn't bore me. I really loved this movie and it's very likely going to hit my top 10 for the year unless the fall turns out to produce better material for the list.
2. THE AVENGERS
God bless Joss Whedon, who would've ever thought that he'd finally reach commercial success with possibly the best Marvel movie ever made.
This film does an incredible job of bringing all these characters together, giving them their time to shine, packing in good amounts of comedy, action and even drama, and topping all that off with the most awesome climax this summer, with the climax for Expendables 2 coming in second.
This is just a fun solid action movie and is easily one of the best superhero movies I've seen in a long time and easily the best one since The Dark Knight.
And speaking of The Dark Knight, the best movie of the Summer of 2012 is...
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
At the beginning of the summer, I only had one goal with Dark Knight Rises, just be a great movie. You didn't have to be as great as Dark Knight but just give us a satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. And boy does Christopher Nolan nail it big time.
What we get here is a very satisfying conclusion to this trilogy and while it has more flaws than Dark Knight, it's not anything that affects my feelings toward the film.
For the most part, the story works well, the characters don't feel contribed, and the action kicks ass big time. I loved the way they wrapped all of this up, it doesn't feel predictable or lazy, it's done very well.
The flaws start off with the last act, while it has a lot of great action to it, I felt that the final conflict involves Bane planning to blow up the city with a bomb. We already had a final conflict involving a bomb in The Avengers, I don't need to see that twice in the same summer.
Another flaw, can we get a Christopher Nolan movie that doesn't feature Marion Cottilard as a villian because she's terrible at it. I think she's a great actress but come on, there was no reason for her character to be in here at all, it's not set up well at all, and it just feels unnecessary. I didn't like her as a villian in Inception because she didn't have a motive or an evil plan, she's just fucking over Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page. And as I said, I think she's a great actress can we please get her to star in a role where she's not playing the bad guy.
Lastly, I felt the jail sequence was way too long and it should've been shortened.
So, just by those faults, The Dark Knight Rises is not up to par with The Dark Knight but that's a hard act to follow. It's like Godfather III, it's not as bad as everybody says it is, but you are following up one of the best sequels ever made, Godfather Part II. You have to have a script brought down to by God himself in order to top Godfather II and the same can be said about this film.
Dark Knight Rises is still the best movie I've seen this summer because I got most of what I wanted and I was very satisifed with how Nolan ended this universe.
At the same time, this isn't my favorite movie of the year so far, that honor still belongs to Haywire and this was at the beginning of the year and I hardly ever see a movie from earlier in the year that is still the best thing I've seen all year. Can it hold that postion or do any of the new fall films show potential to top Haywire? We'll see when I look at some of the new fall movies coming up.
For every good movie, there was bad movies too. These are the 5 worst movies I saw this summer...
5. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING
I'm not as harsh as most people are on these ensemble romantic comedies like He's Just Not That Into You or Valentine's Day but this was the breaking point because this was absolutley pointless.
You have all these big stars in here and you waste all of their talents on this fucking shitty movie. The jokes suck, the comedy is god awful on the level of TV commercials these days, the cast is wasted here, and it's so fucking bad.
Oh, and by the way, FUCK REBEL WILSON, I seriously hate this women. She's not funny at all, not in Bridesmaids and especially not in this trainwreck. She's just not funny, she's obnoxious, and I seriously want people to stop treating her like she's the next big thing because she's a terrible actress, she's so unfunny, and she's wasted talent.
On the subject of hating the younger talent out there, FUCK TAYLOR KITSCH, this guy is just a terrible film actor and he picks the worst movies to star in, and one of those movies is #1 on this list but I'm not going to say what it is. He's just not a good film actor, and this movie made me realize that. I always give people three chances to impress me and Kitsch has easily hit three strikes and now, he's out.
About the movie itself, it's also shitty. This is generic R-rated over the top action 101 at its' worst. I could give a shit about any of these characters, Salma Hayek's a terrible villian (maybe this should mean that people should fall back on making females the villian of your film), The main three characters are so bland, the action is just awful, and it's way too long.
There is nothing in this film that entertained me and I really despised this movie.
3. TOTAL RECALL
An insult to the original Schwarzenegger film on all levels. Part of why the original Total Recall worked was because of the fact that it knew not to take this story seriously and to also have fun with it. The original film is just a fun solid movie.
This is just shit. Colin Farrell was miscasted in this role, it's way too high-tech, we have the same cliches we've seen in numerous action films, and it's just so boring.
There's nothing redeemable here and I was offended when I walked out of here at how lazy Len Wiseman made this film.
This was a bad idea from the very beginning and Wiseman just made it much worse than anything I could've imagined.
Also, note to Wiseman and to Paul W.S. Anderson, quit putting your wives in the goddamn movies you're directing because they are never good, NEVER!!!!!!
2. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Why is this #2? It's not the cast because I liked the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. It's not the costume although it has its' faults. And it's not Spider-Man himself, Garfield really surprised me as Spider-Man and did a decent job giving the slick humor that Spider-Man is known for having.
This movie is #2 on the worst movies list because they gave us the same goddamn movie that Sam Raimi did with the first film minus Mary Jane and minus the Green Goblin. About 85% of this movie is shit that was done in the 2002 Spider-Man film that didn't need to be redone.
Other than the things I mentioned at the beginning, there is nothing that makes this movie enjoyable at all. The villian's plan is so stupid, it offends me at how lazy his plan was.
But the biggest thing that offended me about the film was the fact that they were trying to push Spider-Man to be more like Christopher Nolan's Batman, even to point of liberally stealing from Nolan's Batman films. When that happens, I literally said "Go fuck yourself, movie."
There was no reason at all to reboot this franchise, the only reason they rebooted this was because Avi Arad doesn't want to admit he was wrong about Sam Raimi and Spider-Man 3 and decided to just redo the whole thing over again.
There was no point to redo this, it's a waste of time and talent on all levels, it's a terrible, terrible movie.
And the worst movie this summer is (and this should really come as no surprise to anyone)...
This pretty much says it all. I mean, this is worse than it looks like and people out there, do me a huge favor and just grab as many copies of this and Sucker Punch and just light them on fire and burn them all so nobody has to see either of these films.