As the Summer soon comes to an end so does the Summer movie season and that calls for a top 5 list! There were a bunch of solid, entertaining films to come out this Summer, and a lot of bad ones, but only a handful can be considered great in my opinion. This was a hard list to create but I had to break it down to five, however I will include some honorable mentions at the end of the article. Just to make things clear, in order for a film to be a Summer movie it had to of came out between May and August, which is generally considered the Summer movie season. Also, keep in mind that this is MY top five favorite movies of the Summer, it isn’t necessarily the five best movies but rather the five that I enjoyed the most. With all that out of the way, lets’s jump right into the list beginning with my number five ranked film.
5) Straight Outta Compton starring Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson Jr. Directed by F. Gary Gray.
The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
Thoughts: Like I said in my review (which you can read here) I grew up on Eazy-E and N.W.A. so I was excited yet very nervous to see this movie but after seeing it I couldn’t of been more happy with the film. The strong points are the performances, the way they capture Southern-California, and the flow of the movie especially in the first two acts. There were a few questionable things in the film with the way they portrayed the characters but other than that it’s a really solid film and earns the number five spot on my list.
4) Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation starring Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Jeremy Renner. Directed by Scott McQuarrie.
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Thoughts: This might be the most surprisingly great movie of the Summer because I did not expect it to be so awesome! Every second of this movie I was on the edge of my seat and I wasn’t bored at all. Rogue Nation includes all of the elements needed to create a great blockbuster, such as phenomenal action, great characters and even an engaging story and plot. I couldn’t have been more satisfied with a Mission: Impossible movie and objectively ranking the movies for the Summer, this is arguably the best.
3) Inside Out starring the voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black. Directed by Pete Doctor and Ronaldo Del Carmen.
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Thoughts: Inside Out is not only one of the best movies I’ve seen all year but it’s honestly one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my life, no exaggeration! You may be asking yourself; Why does a young man in his twenties favor an animated kids movie over movies like Jurassic World or Mad Max: Fury Road? The simple answer to that question is: A MOVIE IS A MOVIE IS A MOVIE! I don’t care if it’s animation, claymation or people made out of toothpicks because when a movie is great it doesn’t matter what genre, form or style it’s in. A great movie is a great movie, period, and Inside Out is a masterpiece of a movie that I really connected with and hooked me emotionally. I can’t express how good it is so you should just watch it yourself and form an opinion.
2) Avengers: Age of Ultron starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. Directed by Joss Whedon.
When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Thoughts: Now for those poeople who know me, my top two will come as no surprise but let me explain for people that don’t. I am a HUGE fanboy of comic book movies, whether it’s Marvel, DC or another adaptation. I grew up on the cartoons, toys and early comic book films of this era such as the first X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. I have no shame in my love for this genre and this list is MY favorite movies of the Summer, not the best movies of the Summer. So, with all that out of the way, I absolutely love Avengers: Age of Ultron! I honestly think it’s a great movie and I don’t understand some of the mixed reactions. I think people were expecting it to be better than the first Avengers and while I admit it’s not, that’s not a fair comparison because the first one is arguably the best comic book movie of all-time. Age of Ultron is still really fun and introduces several new elements to the MCU that are going to have strong implications on the universe going forward. I can’t wait to pre-order my blu-ray for this movie!
1) Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll. Directed by Peyton Reed.
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Thoughts: Again, see my paragraph above to understand why my top two movies of the Summer are Marvel comic book movies. Ant-Man could possibly end up being my favorite movie of the whole entire year! It’s going to be tough with movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out but it should be in my top five for sure. I absolutely adore Ant-Man and I personally think it’s one of Marvel Studios’ best films. This movie proved to me that Marvel can tell smaller stories within their universe without making it feel so large in scale. Apart from being really fun, incredibly funny and just kick-ass, Ant-Man also has a lot depth as it deals with relationships between human beings, specifically father/daughter relationships and I really appreciated this family dynamic. Paul Rudd is absolutely perfect as Scott Lang and I think he’ll fit very well in this Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Honorable Mentions: Jurassic World, Trainwreck, The Gift, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Entourage and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Well there you have it, my top five movies of Summer 2015! What do you think about my list? Also, what are your top five movies of the Summer? Let us know in the comment section!