Summer blockbusters create mixed reviews

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Clint Bouttavong, style editor

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As summer comes around so do summer blockbusters, but this year’s turnout seems to be a mixed bag. The season has its gems like the vampire flick “Fright Night” but it also has its fair share of flops and disappointments.

“Fright Night” is a vampire flick that does justice to the original, without making it feel like it had been done before. Director Greg Gillespie and crew did a phenomenal job at modernizing this classic movie. Rookie actor Anton Yelchin does a great job at playing the lead Charley Brewster. Colin Farrel plays the eerie role of Jerry the vampire, and his performance proves that he can be a great actor if given the right material.

With all the hype surrounding “Conan the Barbarian”, the film was an overall disappointment. The acting seemed forced at best, and comes off as crude and mediocre. The one redeeming factor is the film’s actions sequences which were well choreographed and exciting. Overall the lack of good acting, flimsy story, and non-engaging characters just ruined the film.

Another great film that premiered recently was “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.  The reboot has revitalized the stagnant series.  James Franco almost seems like a background character compared to Andy Serkis as Serkis’ performance as the chimp Caesar was so convincing that it is hard to believe that a person was underneath the fur.

Marvel studios had a winning streak at the box office with their recent releases. This summer premiered “Thor” and “Captain America”, two critically acclaimed films. Both movies had a great mix of acting, drama, and realism that is needed to make them more marketable to the general audience.  

The most hyped movie of this summer season has to be “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”, and it was well worth the wait. Fans flocked to midnight showings across the country. To a lot of fans, this was the end of their childhoods since they grew up with Harry Potter and it was sad to see him go.

The last “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” was a decent film, but its sequel “On Stranger Tides” was lacking. Even though is sported an all-star cast, the overall story was flawed. What it lacked in a decent story line it kind of made up for in action and explosions.

This summer came with a slew of high profile blockbusters ranging from remakes to high octane action flicks. There was a movie for every demographic.

Although, summer may have ended, a lot of these films are still in theatres.  So grab a friend and go see one.

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