Top Ten Summer Blockbusters

Gabby Weaver, Senior A&E Staff Writer


While you were most likely enjoying your summer vacation with family and friends, you might’ve missed this summer’s most thrilling, accomplished, or the most horrendous films. The summer season has come to an end, and so have the movies you’ve either enjoyed or tolerated this summer. There’s been a wide array of films released, from the fun animations to the hilarious comedies to the highly anticipated sequels. Now that summer is over, it’s time to take a look back at this summer’s top 15 must-see films that you wouldn’t want to miss.


  1. Minions

The minions proved to be scene-stealers in the Despicable Me films, but a spinoff might’ve been a step too far for the cute characters that have attracted so much attention. Sandra Bullock and John Hamm added star power to the voice cast as Scarlett and Herb Overkill; however, this film might’ve run a funny joke into the ground. This is a film for families to enjoy with their children, especially those who enjoyed the Despicable Me.

  1. The Man from UNCLE


Will Henry Cavil be the next James Bond? That’s for you to decide when watching this gripping espionage thriller that features intriguing and stunning locations., but the similarities between the two are hard to ignore.

  1. Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise proved he’s still got it in his fifth run as superspy Ethan Hunt. The film kicks off with a daring stunt that sees TC – for real – clinging to the side of a plane as it barrels through the air. Though it may not match Brian De Palma’s debut franchise in terms of style, there’s plenty to enjoy here, notably Rebecca Ferguson’s breakout performance as slippery spy Ilsa Faust.


  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron


Joss Whedon upped the ante for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an all-guns-blazing war movie that united Iron Man, Captain America and the gang against malevolent A.I. Ultron. Sure, the film was bloated and left dangling plotlines, but the action was spectacular and things got surprisingly personal when it came to the characters. This continuation of the Avengers series lived up to its potential, and anyone who loves the Marvel characters and/or action-packed scenes should watch this film.

  1. Spy


Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy struck gold for a third time (after Bridesmaids and The Heat) with their espionage comedy Spy. Affectionately ribbing the Bond movies, this film expertly blends action and laughs to deliver one of the surprises of the summer. Emerging as the real standout, though, was Jason Statham, as a dim-witted spy who had us in stitches every time he turned up on screen.


  1. Ant-Man

Marvel’s most recent offering lost director Edgar Write at the last minute, but still went ahead anyway, and critics seem to be in agreement that it was in the best interest that it did. His replacement, Peyton Reed, pulled off the film excellently with comedic skill and inventive shrinkage-based action sequences.

  1. Fast & Furious 7

Insane, physics-defying stunts were a given for the seventh installment in the Fast and Furious line, but we never expected it to be quite so moving. The death of Paul Walker put the production in doubt, but Vin Diesel and crew regrouped to give him a beautiful fork-in-the-road send-off. The Fast series has settled into a winning groove, and it’s reaping the rewards with $1 billion-plus box office takings this year.


  1. Jurassic World


All in all, a decent sequel to Steven Spielberg’s trailblazing classic Jurassic Park. Set 20 years after the events of Isla Nublar, Jurassic World is cleverly built upon a mega-idea of commercialism run amok. Director Colin Trevorrow introduced new dinosaur favorites (Blue!) and a significant one from the past, culminating in one of the best blockbuster movie endings in recent memory. Of all the films on this list, Jurassic World is also the one that created the biggest pop cultural footprint.

  1. Inside Out

Pixar returned to top form thanks to original offering Inside Out. Up‘s Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen crafted a poignant and visually dazzling exploration of an 11-year-old girl’s turbulent mind. As with many of the all-time great animated movies, heart and humor go hand-in-hand, and here the latter was bolstered by a brilliant voice cast headed by Amy Poehler (personifying Joy). Inside Out was- almost- the best film of the summer.

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road

Stunning wasteland settings, exhilarating action sequences and unforgiving momentum all combined to make Mad Max: Fury Road a sensational slice of pure cinema. Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, all oil-smeared face and steely determination, emerged as the film’s stand-out, even overshadowing Tom Hardy’s titular drifter. But the film’s real hero is director George Miller, who remarkably hadn’t made a live-action movie since 1998’s Babe: Pig in the City. You’d hardly notice – he shot Fury Road with all the verve, panache and confidence of a filmmaker half his age. Worth the price of admission and then some, this is a widescreen popcorn epic that demanded to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Blockbusters rarely get better than Mad Max: Fury Road.

And thus concludes our wrap-up. School might arguably be the worst bit to the end of summer, but the end of the summer blockbuster season has to come in close second. But save your tears,movie-goers: the biggest blockbusters are just around the corner this fall.  Till next time.