Students who avoided the heat by enjoying some summer flicks had plenty to love— and plenty to try to forget.
HIT: IRON MAN 3
It couldn’t be more obvious by its $1.2 billion box office sales around the world that Iron Man 3 was a huge hit this summer. While it was the funniest of the trilogy, Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) personality shines through every one of the films. Jam-packed with high-energy action and spectacular special effects, this movie put all of its enormous $200 million budget to use.
MISS: GROWN UPS 2
“Grown Ups 2” could be considered the worst of the worst on this summer’s hit and miss list. With terrible punch lines and juvenile humor this movie left audiences wondering why directors even tried to make a sequel to the already average Grown Ups.
HIT: MAN OF STEEL
In spite of mixed reviews from a wide audience of critics, “Man of Steel” is as much a hit as Henry Cavill’s physique is impressive. After grossing more than $600 million, a sequel was confirmed. In spite of the controversies with casting choices for the sequel, it’s sure to be a hit in its own right.
MISS: AFTER EARTH
In spite of a massive budget and Will Smith’s star power, After Earth is the latest in a long line of flops from M. Night Shyamalan. The obvious nepotism displayed in casting Jaden Smith didn’t help much either, as he made an already uninspiring script even more so with his wooden acting.
HIT: THE HEAT
Finally producers changed up the status quo and cast two women to fill an action comedy with a dynamic duo team and the result was a success. Both Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy play their usual character roles in The Heat, but do so in a witty, humorous way. With McCarthy adlibbing along the way, this movie has a natural comedic flow to it.
Haven’t we already seen a movie like this by Disney? “Planes” copies the already done idea of animating transportation and giving each its own personality. Although it boasts a casting list of stars to voiceover such as Dane Cook and Gabriel Iglesias, not much excitement arose after the announcement of the film— and that trend continued after release.
HIT: THE HANGOVER 3
Although some considered this sequence too overdone, “The Hangover 3” actually follows a plot where the main characters don’t simply blackout and then try to remember the night. Finalizing the movies, The Hangover 3 wraps up the storyline with an enjoyable ending and patches up missing holes in the hilarious adventures of four unlikely friends.
MISS: THE PURGE
Even with a $3 million budget, “The Purge” film followed the road of other cliché horror plots. Closely resembling “The Strangers,” masked killers arrive at the doorstep of an unsuspecting family. However, the latest iteration is more about disturbing violence and less about a strong story line or exciting action.
HIT: THE CONJURING
Profiting $193 million worldwide, “The Conjuring” turned out to be one of the top horror movies of the summer. It gave the audience exactly what they were looking for, a bone chilling film in the midst of mainly overdone thriller movies. The Conjuring ensued nightmares for days with its skillfully executed, frightening real-life plot.
MISS: THE LONE RANGER
“The Lone Ranger” affirms that even if there is an incredible lead actor, it won’t be enough to save a film from a boring script. In this film, Johnny Depp fails at making a character as charming as Jack Sparrow, just as Disney fails at determining whether this is a movie for children or adults.