Summer is the time for swimming, going to mall, and, of course, blockbusters. This summer has been full popcorn flicks, some better than others. Before I begin my rankings, I must say I didn’t see every movie this summer. Some notable omissions include Dunkirk, Detroit, The Dark Tower, The Emoji Movie, & The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
17. Alien: Covenant
The Alien franchise has felt played out since the third film. After the awful “vs Predator” movies and the Prometheus prequel, Ridley Scott returned to the director’s chair to set the franchise back on track, even going so far as to pull the plug on Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel to make this film. The inbetweenquel is boring and confusing and follows Scott’s tired methods of Alien scares. The birth of the Xenomorphs should be fun, and this is just dreary and boring, with awful performances by everyone, save for Fassbender, who shines as always.
16. The Mummy
The Mummy is a terrible summer action flick and an even worse remake. Tom Cruise is utterly unbearable and the cast is passable at best. Russell Crowe is the only redeeming thing about this film. His Jekyll & Hyde are stellar and keep any excitement for the Dark Universe.
15. Transformers: The Last Knight
The Transformers franchise should have ended years ago. The cast is passable and the action is okay. It’s better than the previous installment, but it’s still really bad. Optimus Prime’s subplot is weird and hard to follow. The editing is atrocious, the aspect ratio changes constantly and is very jarring. A terrible film.
14. Atomic Blonde
Atomic Blonde is a kind of generic spy movie. The plot has a generic motivation and ultimately overcomplicates its story for the sake of being a spy movie. I can honestly say that James McAvoy was solid and that the action was incredible. Outside of that, the film fell flat for me as being incredibly boring.
13. Wind River
Wind River is an important film but it isn’t one that I’ll be watching again. I found the story weak and the performances as a whole lacking. The cinematography was the highlight of the film for me, but overall, it wasn’t what I was hoping to get from the film.
12. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Pirates franchise is a great one. The fourth film is terrible, but the original trilogy is great. This film connected wonderfully to the original trilogy and, while not the best of the franchise, served as a great slate cleaner and sets up another swashbuckling adventure. The supporting cast is fantastic.
11. Despicable Me 3
This is a fun animated film. It’s really entertaining and features a great villain in Trey Parker’s Belthezar Bratt. The minions play a minuscule role, which works, and the main plot is simple. It’s entertaining and surpasses the snooze fest that was Despicable Me 2 or the cynical cash grab of Minions.
10. Cars 3
This is the best Pixar film of the decade. A tribute to racing itself, Cars 3 beautifully constructs a story about growing old and legacy. It perfectly couples thematically with the original Cars‘s message of slowing down and enjoying life. It’s a great film.
9. War for the Planet of the Apes
The conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies of all time is good. It may be the weakest of the three, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a huge accomplishment in film. Matt Reeves is a visionary director who has done a great job crafting this world. It’s a great film.
8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
This film was very mis-marketed in the fact that they presented it as an action film. In reality, it’s a sci-fi mystery thriller. Visually it’s very stunning and incredible, while performance-wise, it’s pretty lacking. It’s a great film and a thrill ride.
7. Death Note
Death Note was a manga and then an anime. I have never read or seen it. So to me, this movie had a wonderful premise, some good performances, and excellent visuals. I enjoyed every minute of watching this film.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
The 16th film in the MCU is great. It offers a personal, smaller story for the franchise that accurately depicts modern day high school. The film has a great cast and features one of the best villains in the franchise in Michael Keaton’s Vulture.
5. Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky was a thrill ride with a wonderful cast, fantastic story, and every minute of this film had me laughing and engaged. It’s a wonderful film and a fun time.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
The original Guardians of the Galaxy is the best Marvel movie to date. Volume 2 does a fantastic job of further developing the characters and storylines. The film also includes one of the best villains of the franchise in Kurt Russell’s Ego. Michael Rooker & Dave Bautista turn in incredible performances that are very understated. The soundtrack is also fantastic.
3. Baby Driver
Baby Driver is an amazing, original film. Edgar Wright is a great director and writer who has crafted fantastic films in the past with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and The World’s End; his latest film is no exception. The cast is stellar with amazing performances from Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, C.J. Jones, and Elis González.
2. The Big Sick
This indie movie was fantastic and real. It’s by far the best romantic comedy I’ve ever seen because it’s so real and fun. Kumail expertly writes the story and performs with such real emotion. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano are fantastic, as well as Zoe Kazan. It’s a must-see for the year.
1. Wonder Woman
This is the best film of the summer and one of the best superhero movies of the century. Gal Gadot is the definitive Diana Prince with great performances from Chris Pine and the ensemble. Patty Jenkins does a masterful job of directing the best film in the DCEU.