The summer hasn’t even finished and we have already have had some hits and misses in the theaters, but I couldn’t let the summer fly by without mentioning some of the fun summer flicks that I was fortunate to watch so far:
22 Jump Street: To think that 22 Jump Street was made by the same directors as the Lego Movie. While they kept the same meta (wink, wink!) movie feel that the Lego Movie had, you would definitely not bring your child to see this one. With that said, the price of a baby sister is well worth it to watch Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill basically do the same exact movie as before only set in college (not that it is a bad thing), the movie goes out of its way to point this fact out to you as much as possible while also keeping things fresh and funny. It really comes down to Tatum’s and Hill’s chemistry which holds the movie together and provides some of the funniest parts of the movie. Without them all the clever jokes and winks would have just fallen flat. Honestly, the easiest way to describe 22 Jump Street is if you loved or even liked the first film you will definitely love this one. Also, stay to the end to see the hilarious ending credits.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Like with all comic book based movie there is a fine line between staying true to the source material and taking things in a different direction. if you are familiar with the X-Men comics you will instantly recognize the plot line and depending if you are a hardcore fan or not may or may not like the changes made. There are a couple of character changes as well a number of continuity issues (which you always have when you bring time travel into the equation). With that said, D who really only has watch the films loved it. It is hard to argue bringing together all the best characters and actors from each of the films and putting them in a one big spectacular. Of course you get a huge dose of Wolverine, but every character has their moments, especially the cast from X-Men First Class. Warts and all, I found Days of Future Past to be my favorite of the series so far.
Snowpiercer: This has not been in a lot of theaters but has been getting a lot of buzz. Since it has such a small distribution it has also been showing on other formats than the theater such as On Demand and on airlines. I was able to catch it on my trip over to India. With a crazy premise and an almost claustrophobic and hyper violent action, this one is definitely not for the kiddies. With that said, Snowpiercer stands as a must watch for action movie lovers, with a wacked out plot and some amazing actors including Captain America himself, the movie doesn’t hold back on the surreal weirdness and obvious class centric message. This is no ordinary dumb popcorn flick, it is brutal and dirty and ultimately has you eager to see what happens next and how it ends. I definitely recommend you watch it, if only to show Hollywood that it is okay to push boundaries in the summer and not just mass produce another Transformers.