Summer 2017 was filled to the brim with anticipated movie releases; whether they were sequels in franchises, cinematic universes or original films from beloved directors. However, as usual, there were some unexpected hits and some total box office flops.
Can’t Miss Summer Blockbusters
These are the best summer movies that made a bunch of money and wowed both critics and audiences.
Spider-Man Homecoming: Making just under $320,000,000, Spider-Man Homecoming is easily one of the most fun movies of the year. Tom Holland is great as Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man, the high school environment is done very well, and Michael Keaton’s Adrian Tombs AKA The Vulture is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best villains.
Wonder Woman: The highest grossing movie of the summer and the second highest grossing movie of the year, Wonder Woman has been praised as the best superhero movie of the summer, and rightfully so. While the parallels to Captain America: The First Avenger are evident and the third act is the same as we have seen in all of DC movie’s third acts, Wonder Woman is a truly great origin story, arguably one of the best comic book movies of the 2010s, and perhaps most importantly it is the first comic book movie to succeed with a female lead and director making it a staple in the genre.
Dunkirk: While it made less money than Despicable Me 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Dunkirk is a cinematic masterpiece. While some argue that it’s boring, director Christopher Nolan never meant to make another war movie with lots of violence and cliches. He wanted to make a movie showing how there was little to no hope for the British and French soldiers while the Germans surrounded them. The best part, though, of Dunkirk is its beautiful cinematography, especially in IMAX.
Secret Summer Hits
These are the movies that didn’t garner a lot of anticipation coming into the summer, but received praise from audiences upon release.
The Big Sick:“An awkward true story,” the marketing slogan for The Big Sick accurately sums up the love story between writer and star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon. The Big Sick is a rare good romantic comedy in a time where good romantic comedies are few and far between. The characters in The Big Sick actually feel like real people that one might meet, unlike so many other films. If the Oscars happened right now, The Big Sick would be racking up awards as, arguably, the best movie in a great summer season.
Baby Driver: While Baby Driver doesn’t exactly fit into this category, it works better here than it does in the first category because it made almost $80,000,000 less. Baby Driver was anticipated by audiences because of the director, Edgar Wright, who has yet to make a bad movie. Ultimately, Baby Driver is extremely fun, action packed, heart felt, funny, and more. It has cemented itself as the best heist movie of the year and arguably the best action movie of the year.One can’t talk about Baby Driver without mentioning the amazing music and how Wright was able to implement it into the character’s actions, essentially making an action musical.
Logan Lucky : Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Craig in a movie about two brothers and their sister breaking a convict out of prison and attempting to rob the Charlotte-Motor Speedway, directed by the man responsible for the Ocean’s trilogy, Steven Soderbergh. How could it possibly fail? Unfortunately, despite the overwhelming critical praise, Logan Lucky failed to match its budget of $29,000,000. And just for an extra slap in the face to a great film, here are the movies that made more money than Logan Lucky; Transformer: The Last Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Baywatch, The Mummy, and The Emoji Movie.
Some of these movies were highly anticipated films that disappointed audiences and some were movies that everyone was expecting to be bad from the first trailer, or, in some cases, the announcement of the title.
The Emoji Movie: There are times where a company takes a product that is fairly basic and is able to incredible things with them like the lego movie. But a majority of the time you get forgettable and critically underwhelming films like Battleship. The Emoji Movie fits the latter. Just read the title! Did anyone really think Sony Pictures, who isn’t great at making movies to begin with, would make a good movie about Emojis? The things that, in 2017, are more irrelevant than ever.
Transformers: The Last Knight: Michael Bay made a bad transformers movie, big surprise! The only positive that came out of this movie is the fact that it is finally Michael Bay’s last Transformers movie, finally. The biggest flaw, of this film’s many flaws, has to be the the focus on boring human characters rather than the things the movies are named after (which, to be fair, aren’t much better than the humans).
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: The original Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies were not great by any stretch, but at least they were watchable. The main cast was for the most part good enough to where they didn’t make you cringe with every word they uttered. But this cast was just downright horrible. The humor was crude and completely unfunny and it made and it failed to make back its budget; but, unlike Logan Lucky, that’s what it deserved.