Top Ten Movies of the Summer

Posted on June 16, 2011

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Dan Foster / Entertainment

Top Ten Movies of the summer:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
2. X’ Men First Class
3. Transformers Dark of the Moon
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5.  Super 8
6. Green Lantern
7. Captain America: The First Avenger
8.  Cowboys and Aliens
9. Pirates of the Caribbean
10. Thor

The Essentials:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Harry Potter started back in 2001, and for the next decade it has become a worldwide phenomenon that has grossed over 5 billion dollars worldwide. We have seen the cast grow up, making each film feel more mature and dark, yet the last four films directed by David Yates, have fully explored the darker parts of the series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was a box office smash and has grossed large sums of money both domestically and oversees, putting more pressure of Part 2 to live up to the anticipation that has build for the past ten years. With the film’s release nearing and tickets already going on sale, its hard to imagine how any other film this year could be as noteworthy, seeing of how this is the end of Harry Potter as we know it.
2. X’ Men First Class
The last two X’Men films weren’t nearly as good as the first two, and lately marvel hasn’t been putting out too many noteworthy superhero flicks.  Yet this year alone, Marvel is putting out new film adaptions of the popular superhero’s “Thor” and “Captain America”, but what about the films that helped make the studio so successful? What about X’Men”? Matthew Vaughn is a popular filmmaker who directed the hit “Kickass”, giving a semblance of hope that this entry could redeem the series. The trailers have been enticing and the story seems fascinating, hopefully it isn’t as bad as “The Last Stand”.
3. Transformers Dark of the Moon
Lets face it, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a bust, the story sucked, Megan Fox was awful, and their was enough action in that movie to make you feel sick, but it was still entertaining, more a guilty pleasure than a movie. Michael Bay has apologized for the film and said that “Dark of the Moon” will be a vast improvement. I was one of the few who did have fun while watching “Revenge of the Fallen”, but do agree with critics on the stereotypical robots and the overuse of action, but when the first trailer hit for “Dark of the Moon” the film seems darker, along with catching my interest as far as story.  The newest trailer blew that one away, showing a much darker tale of alien invasion, while giving the sense that not all the characters will make it. This is the last Transformers and early reception has been positive, and Bay has said that it is his best film yet, so hopefully this entry isn’t as big a disappointment as the last.
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Tim Burton has made a lot of influential and revolutionary films, such Alice in Wonderland, and Sweeney Todd, but Planet of the Apes was named his worst film to date, not by critics, but the director himself. Planet of the Apes was a smash hit when it first came out in the 1960’s, but after the critical failure that the remake was, it has made many directors turn down future entries. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” isn’t a continuation of the previous remake, but rather an origin story of the Apes rise to power. The film effects are done by the effect artist who did “Avatar” and just from the teaser clip, it is hard to deceiver weather the apes are real or not. The films cast includes James Franco, whom is very picky on which projects he is attached to. With a great star and impressive visuals to boast, hopefully the apes will rise rather than fall like its predecessor.
5.  Super 8
Like many other J.J.Abrams movies, Super 8 is surrounded in secrecy, but the early trailers were impressive as far as visuals, and with film like “Star Trek” under his belt, I am sure that this film will see great success.
These were other films that should be good summer fun, but weren’t as significant or note worthy to make the Top five.
1. Green Lantern
2. Captain America: The First Avenger
3.  Cowboys and Aliens
4. Pirates of the Caribbean
5. Thor

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