First of all I am thrilled The Loafer is back, and I’m honored to be back as well, so on with the show! As the summer movie sea- son has wrapped up, I decided to reveal my top movies of the summer. Of course, there were hundreds of films released over the summer and I am basing my list on the films I viewed at theaters.
My top movies movies of the summer are as follows:
“Mission Impossible- Fallout”- Not only is this film the best of the MI series, but it happens to be one of the best action films ever made. With every new MI movie, Tom Cruise tops the pre- vious efforts with edge-of-your seat stunts. As a bonus Super- man Henry Cavill was on hand, and nearly stole the film from Cruise.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”- For some reason, which completely escapes me, this entry in the “Star Wars” cannon met with tepid box office when com- pared to other films set in the galaxy far, far away. For me the film was a perfect mix of action, heart and special effects. Plus the film reveals how besties Han Solo and Chewbacca met. Oh, and we meet Lando Calrissian for the first time. For good measure “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke plays Han’s love interest. What’s not to love?
“Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom”- The latest entry in the JP franchise features what we love about these movies: people running from dinosaurs. Chris Pratt is on hand once more to exchange witty comments with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard and keep a raptor in order. Oh, and there is a man-made dinosaur in the mix. Pure summer fun.
“Mama Mia! Here We Go Again”- I must confess I never saw the original “Mama Mia” movie. What drew me to the sequel? One name: Cher. The entertainer steals the movie from the other stars, which is amazing considering she only appears in the last 20 minutes of the film. Now that’s star power. Cheesy fun.
“Ocean’s 8”- This film was packed with star power. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rhianna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway are among the actresses on hand. The film is an expansion of the George Clooney- starring films, and frankly I didn’t miss any of the actors from the other Ocean’s films. Despite all the star power, Hathaway steals the film as a spoiled/ditzy actress.
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”- If you are like me and have fallen in love with this CGI animated series featuring misfit monsters led by Count Dracula, you no doubt had a blast joining the gang on a monster cruise. While this film is not as good as the original, chuckles abound. Misfits unite.
“The Meg”- Based on the previews of this film I expected a total cheese fest. You know, just like those lovably bad sci-fi films for the 1950’s and ’60’s. I was totally shocked to discover this film had me on the edge of my seat many times. Take a heaping helping of “Jaws”, mix in a bit of “Godzilla”, and sprinkle in a dash of Jason Statham, and you have “The Meg.” Everything a summer “popcorn” flick should be.
“Incredibles 2”- I still can’t believe it took 14 years to come up with a sequel to the smash hit original. The film again features the hilarious superhero family, joined by baby Jack-Jack, who politely, well maybe not politely, walks off with the film. While the film is CGI animated, the story-line is for all ages and is a fun sequel to the original. Let’s just hope we don’t need to wait another 15 years for another visit with The Incredibles.
“Deadpool 2”- More tom foolery with the hero who loves to throw insults more than he loves to fight various bad guys. Deadpool forms the X-Force in this film, and battles Josh Brolin as villain Cable. Ryan Reynolds is again having a marvelous time as Deadpool. Keep the younger kids away. After a fun summer at the movies its on to Autumn movies!