Summer Hits and Misses

With summer madness now over for some time, I thought it might be fun to review the hits and misses of the blockbuster season. Overall I’d definitely say this summer was a massive improvement over last year, with a number of high profile films proving a hit both with critics and with audiences. Of course its well documented that box office wise, the numbers have been the worst in a decade – so clearly there are some interesting underlying trends at play (which I tackle in a bit more detail here : http://www.fictionrules.com/5-predictions-summer-box-office-trends/) but in terms of quality, I’d definitely rate it as a good year.
What follows is an assorted list of highlights, hits and misses followed by some fun recommendations if (like most of us) you didn’t quite have time to see all the films listed below:
Hits
Spiderman: Homecoming
Wonder Woman
Baby Driver
Guardians of the Galaxy
Dunkirk
Despicable Me 3
Cars 3
Girls Trip
Annabelle: Creation
War for the Planet of the Apes
The Big Sick
Logan Lucky
Wind River
Atomic Blonde
Misses
Alien: Covenant
Transformers: The Last Knight
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The Emoji Movie
The Mummy
Baywatch
The Dark Tower
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Action Spectacles to see: War for the Planet of Apes, Atomic Blonde, Wonder Woman
Most fun animated film: Despicable Me 3 (not much to choose from this summer but best of the bunch)
Most predictably brilliant movie of the summer: Spiderman: Homecoming
Most predictably divisive movie of the summer: Alien: Covenant
Most predictably garbage film that you really don’t understand why they keep making them: Transformers; The Last Knight
Most disappointing miss: The Dark Tower
Biggest blockbuster you’ll check out on VoD to see if its as bad as everybody said: The Mummy
Comedies to see: The Big Sick, Girls Trip, Logan Lucky
Best unexpected package to see: Baby Driver
Epic war movies to see: Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes
Film of the summer: Wonder Woman

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