I’ve always liked putting up reviews of books or movies or games that I love, but honestly? Most of the time I don’t want to piss anyone off or accidentally spoil something. SO I’m doing something a little different this time.
A lot of movies came out back-to-back lately. Lucky me, since all of them were amazing. Here are the ones you HAVE to see if you’re a bit geeky like I am, in no particular order:
How To Train Your Dragon 2
If you’re anywhere near Tumblr then you’d already know about this one, and the fact that Hiccup got a bazillion times hotter the second he hit twenty. This movie is better than the original, which is saying something since most sequels fall short of their parents.
Hiccup and Co. are back and there are more dragons involved this time around. It’s really hard to describe the movie without spoiling anything, but let’s just say there’s a few new characters, one of which is a jerk that is trying to control dragons for not-so-great reasons. Apparently voiced by Djimon Honsou, one of my favorite actors of all time.
As with the previous film, this one doesn’t pull its punches either. Be prepared to feel things. It’s worth it.
Out of all of these, this one is probably the one I questioned actually putting on this list. Why? Because the actors aren’t so great, and Bryan Cranston isn’t in nearly as much of the film as I expected or hoped for.
That being said, the fandom either loved it or hated it. A lot of people will tell you that Godzilla never got much screen time, but because the acting of the main human counterparts was so boring and stale, you really felt that time in between in this one.
STILL, the MUTOs were awesome and Godzilla looked amazing. Well worth seeing that behemoth at the movies, even if Japan thinks he’s gotten a little chubby in his American redo. Also I added in the poster because it’s a pretty freaking awesome poster.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
BRYAN SINGER IS BACK. WE CAN ALL GO ON ACTING LIKE X-MEN 3 NEVER HAPPENED. I LIKE IT THIS WAY. THE END.
(Seriously though, go see it if you liked the original two movies or grew up with them like I did — dating myself a bit there. Quicksilver is also a fun little character worth experiencing too, and the Last Stand actors for Mystique and Magneto and Professor X really add to everything.)
Edge of Tomorrow
This one has Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in it. It’s a scifi, not unlike Cruise’s other one, Oblivion (not of the Elder Scrolls variety). It’s based off a Japanese novel/manga called All You Need Is Kill, and yes it’s been whitewashed. BUT this movie and its original are VERY different.
Edge of Tomorrow definitely gives homage to Starship Troopers and video games in general, oddly. It is also very humorous. It plays on the whole you can live and die repeatedly and restart the day over and over in surprisingly lighthearted ways. It’s not the dark thing that All You Need Is Kill. And I like it for that, since I’m kind of tired of all the dark and gritty truths. I’m an escapist at heart, I guess, and this is just pure fun.
The love bit also doesn’t exactly turn out the way it normally would, and I respect the movie more for it. Basically what I’m saying is go see it. Give the movie some love.
I saved the best for last. Seriously, I can’t talk enough about how amazing this movie is. We watched it twice and adored every second of it.
Angelina Jolie is a perfect Maleficent, and Elle Fanning makes me not hate Aurora and does the simple and pure but not stupid and shallow thing really well.
This is VERY different from the original Sleeping Beauty, and all for the better in my opinion. It definitely paints Maleficent in a more sympathetic, anti-hero light (which did disappoint some) but honestly, I didn’t know I wanted that until I sat my bum in that theater chair and saw it. Do the same, yeah? This one also deserves lots of love and attention.
What are your favorite summer movies so far? Which ones are you looking forward to seeing?