Junk Drawer: Favorite Summer Blockbusters

BY AUSTIN VAN PAY, ALEX GRUBER, ANASTASIA MONTAVON, BENJAMIN K. PAPLHAM

The gang discusses their favorite movies from this summer.

Alex: “Jurassic World”

One of the biggest films of the summer was “Jurassic World.” Twenty two years after the incidents of “Jurassic Park,” the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar is struggling to stay afloat as more people find dinosaurs boring. The answer to its problems comes in a genetically-modified predator named Indominus Rex. What could wrong? Naturally, almost everything does. When the super-dino escapes its enclosure, Claire Dearing, the park’s operations manager; Owen Grady, a velociraptor trainer and ex-Navy man; and Zach and Gray Mitchell, Claire’s nephews visiting the park, scramble to save the island’s tourists and themselves. With excellent visuals and a great score, “Jurassic World” earned its place as a memorable and high-grossing summer blockbuster.

Anastasia: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Honestly, when I went with a bunch of friends to see “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” I had no idea what to expect. What I got was an action movie that was witty, interesting and easy on the eyes. I didn’t expect to laugh so hard. The music was great, too, as it was used to define the scenes and establish the mood. The movie follows a Russian spy, played by Armie Hammer, and an American spy, played by Henry Cavill, as they work together with the help of Gaby, the daughter of a former Nazi scientist played by Alicia Vikander. This movie never takes itself very seriously and is a fantastic ride from start to finish. It’s been a long time since I’ve had so much fun watching a movie.

Austin: “Ant-Man”

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is my favorite film of this blockbuster-filled summer. Marvel has been dominating the big screen with its slew of large superhero stories, but with “Ant-Man,” we get a much smaller and more personal story. The film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a master thief who has just been released from prison and is given a chance to redeem himself when Dr. Hank Pym, (Michael Douglas), tasks him with protecting a super powered suit that is able to shrink him down to miniscule size. Together, they plan a heist that may ultimately save the world. The film shines due to its less serious nature and some very comedic moments. It also boasts great action and very strong performances from both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. “Ant-Man” is a surprise treat and proves that even the smallest and less well-known hero can create big and memorable fun.

Ben: “Inside Out”

Brave” disappointed me, and so the six years after “Up” filled me with a nagging fear that Pixar had lost its ability to generate original movies to their earlier standards. However, “Inside Out” alleviates much of that fear with its sharp dialogue, creative scenery and underlining tenderness. The movie is actually one of Pixar’s riskier enterprises, as the main cast are literally stock characters—five emotions inside pre-teen Riley’s mind—and the plot’s nature—Riley struggling to adapt to the move from Minnesota to San Francisco—lacks a true antagonistic force. But the relationship between Joy and Sadness carries the film’s momentum, alternating between witty amusements to somber reflection. Is this film perfect? Debatable. Bing-Bong’s design and personality is a dubious addition, and unanswerable questions about the universe’s structure arise if you think too hard. However, “Inside Out” is the perfect film to restore your faith in Pixar.

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