Summer Movies 2017: The Yays and Nays
Y’all know how much I love movies, and summer is one of the prime movie seasons! I fit in quite a few films around a hectic schedule this summer, and here’s what I thought about what I saw.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Loved it! If you like Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, you’ll love it too! But if you don’t like them, skip it…because it’s classic them being them. It was a fun, irreverent romp with action, violence, clever one-liners, snarky humor, and Salma Hayek being a beautiful badass!
This movie probably stuck with me more than any other I saw this summer. Jeremy Renner did an excellent job. The scenery was gorgeous. The suspense was engaging. The movie’s message and the spotlight it shines on the way our country treats (or mistreats) Native Americans—especially Native American women—was unsettling and left me feeling like I needed to do something. I just haven’t figured out what yet.
I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. It was a clever heist movie. Interesting cast—Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Dwight Yoakam, and Adam Driver. I loved the quirky humor, but the terrible accents killed me and I couldn’t get past them.
Now this one, I loved! I’m a sucker for fast car movies, smart heist movies, great soundtracks, super cool bad guys, even cooler bad guys who are actually good guys, and movies that have clever tricks and unique angles in filming. This one had it all! Kevin Spacey. Jamie Foxx. Jon Hamm. Ansel Elgort. And that soundtrack….wow. I need it. And I need to see this one again!
Oh my! I have the hugest girl crush on Charlize Theron after watching this movie! She is like the ultimate badass chick (seems to be a pattern with the movies I like!) It was smart. It was sexy. It was like a throwback to the Cold War spy movies I grew up with. And I didn’t see it coming. I love when the movie gets me, and I didn’t see it coming.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Yes! Yes! Yes! The legend of King Arthur has always been a favorite of mine in books and films. This was like a prequel to the standard tale, showing us how Arthur ascended to the throne and became king. I’d never thought much of Charlie Hunnan one way or another, but I’m a fan now. Guy Ritchie movies tend to have a quirky, signature style that I like. This was Guy Ritchie greatness, and it did not disappoint.
I wanted to like this. I really did. I love war movies, and I love movies that tell me about a true story I haven’t heard and make me want to know more. I didn’t know Dunkirk’s significance in the war before seeing this movie…and I still didn’t know its significance after seeing it. The cinematography was incredible. The acting was good. But the timeline skipped around without any obvious reason or purpose, which was confusing. I never really got the meat of what was going on, and after going home and researching Dunkirk and why it’s important, I felt the movie could have done so much more to tell the story. And the score was beyond irritating. Movies use music to carry your emotions where they need you to go. This score made me feel like I was supposed to be watching a horror movie. We never got a break from the level of anxiety it produced, and after a while, it wore on my nerves.
Bam! Pow! Yes! I loved seeing Gal Gadot save the world. She’s such a badass (see--there we go again!), and seeing a movie carried by a female superhero was awesome! Chris Pine was more dreamy than I’ve ever seen him (and did you know he can sing??? Google it. He’s good! He even sang with Streisand!). The movie was funny and moving and action-filled. And the fact that you could see Gal Gadot’s thigh jiggle as any normal thigh would and it was perfectly okay and not post-produced into perfection was everything.
I was thrilled when I got tickets for an advance screening of this movie. I am a huge Reese Witherspoon fan (I even included her as part of my novel The Ghost in the Curve
!). The premise seemed cute, and the movie was cute, but that’s about it. Michael Sheen was good, Reese was good (I swear the woman DOES NOT AGE), and it was great to see Candice Bergen. But the movie fell a bit flat. It had several laugh out loud moments, and the trio of young men were entertaining (Reese’s romantic interest was HOT!), but there were several moments that didn’t feel plausible at all. I couldn’t see a mom allowing total strangers access to her daughters and her home in the way she did. So that kind of ruined it for me. Still have nothing but love in my heart for Reese, though!
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Oh, how I wanted to love this one, but I didn’t. I loved the first one, and I know many friends who were thrilled with part two, but it wasn’t for me. I didn’t buy Kurt Russell’s character as a god, and I hated what they did to Baby Groot. Overall, it was meh.
So what movies did you see this summer and what was your favorite?