Summer is not a time when we are short on major blockbusters, with lots of action and heartfelt quotes running rampant. Three of the most anticipated movies of the summer are out now, and they are exploding at the box office. I rated these movies on a scale of 1 to 5 stars below.
**Warning: Spoilers. Don’t read if you don’t know the basic premises of any of the movies described above.**
The Purge: Anarchy
Release: July 18th
Reception (Domestic Total Estimate): $59,211,000
While I would still say I enjoyed the first installment of The Purge more, I thought this one was well done, also. The first movie gave us an insider’s look at what happens when you’re inside for the night of the purge. We saw what happened with one particular family, and a little about a couple more in the neighborhood. In the second movie, though, we got to see the outside world, what the title refers to as anarchy. We got a view at what happens if you get stuck outside of your safe home, and out in the world with murderers, torture victims, and random killings galore. It’s not pretty, people, I’ll tell you that much.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Release: August 1st
I had fairly high expectations for this movie, because of all of the build-up for Guardians, but also because all of the trailers. They did a good job of showing you just enough of the footage, so that you wanted to see the movie, but not too much, either. It wasn’t like when you go to the movies, and see nothing but trailer footage. My favorite characters had to be Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper), but I could say the same about Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Groot, also. Even though he didn’t say much, he said enough to warm millions of hearts. The movie was filled with tons of action, but also had heart, which are essential ingredients in movies that most people enjoy.
Release: July 25th
Although I was not prepared for how much intelligence and how many throwbacks were included in this movie, I liked most of the plot. I would say I’m still half and half with the movie, just because it’s a lot to process at once (having only seen it last night; it’s still whirring in my mind). Scarlett Johansson plays a not so smart girl at the beginning, but after being injected with a powerful super-drug of sorts, she starts to use almost the full capacity of her mind by the end of the movie, but she’s not sure what to do with all of that information. I would think that using your full brain like that would make you go into sensory overload, but she could control herself throughout most of the movie, and didn’t spontaneously combust at any point. There were some flashbacks to early mankind that I liked, also, and the rush of the movie kept you going. The only thing I was disappointed with was the ending, which felt a little rushed to me.