2012 Summer Movie Wrap-Up Part 1: The Positive

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Summer is just about over which means that the biggest blockbuster season of the year is done. 2012 brought in plenty of robots, aliens, zombies, and, of course, a whole lot of superheroes. In part one of this two part feature, I will remind you of the best of the summer according to several categories. If you agree, or disagree, let me know in the comments!



Best Hero: This summer brought a lot of heroes back to the screen. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye finally came together in The Avengers. MIB agents J and K returned in Men in Black 3. Bruce Wayne became Batman for the last time in The Dark Knight Rises. Andrew Garfield, Colin Farrell, and Jeremy Renner took the reins from Tobey MaGuire, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Matt Damon respectively. But who was the best?

Winner: Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale had wonderfully brought the caped crusader to life twice before this excellent trilogy closer in which he delivered his best performance. In Rises Bruce Wayne had to remember the reasons he became Batman and stop living in the past. Never has a Batman film so successfully dived into Bruce Wayne’s head. Plus the ending was truly heroic. It’s no question. Christopher Nolan’s Batman is king.

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Best Villain: Every hero needs a good villain to do battle with. The Avengers fought Thor’s brother Loki. Eva Green played a devious witch in Dark Shadows. Spider-man faced off against the Lizard. Three different villains plagued Gotham City. Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston were the only things worth recalling about Total Recall. A great villain can have a number of different qualities and many of this summer’s villains were so different.

Winner: Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway knocked it out of the park as Selina Kyle. Following Heath Ledger’s Joker is a tough thing to do but out of the three villains in the film she comes the closest. Some may scoff at the idea that she is a villain, but the fact that she is a villain is so important to the film. Either way Catwoman kicked serious butt.

Best Comedic Performance: This summer was pretty light on comedies, but there certainly were a few standout performances. Will Smith was as hysterical as ever in Men in Black 3. Seth MacFarlane perfectly voiced Ted. The whole cast of Rock of Ages was having a ball. And don’t forget two very funny and honest performances from Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs. But who was the funniest?

Winner: Seth MacFarlane as Ted. The Family Guy creator nailed it with this hysterical comedy in which he stole the show. Ted, who so definitively declared “I sound nothing like Peter Griffin”, benefited from MacFarlane’s strong voice acting skills and brilliantly funny writing. Ted was the best crowd pleasing comedy of the summer.

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Best Action Sequence: It wouldn’t be summer if there weren’t huge action scenes decimating cities or planets. Just ask Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises. But what about when Spider-man fought the Lizard in his high school? Or the climactic chase of The Bourne Legacy? This summer featured a lot of great action scenes, but there is one that really sticks out as the best…

Winner: Battle for New York in The Avengers. Joss Whedon proved he knows how to destroy a city. Manhattan has seen much better days than when Loki and his alien army invaded and blew up…everything. Luckily, the Avengers came in to save the day, and every single one of them had their moment to shine. Especially the Hulk.

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Funniest Moment: There were some great comedies this summer. The most recent being ParaNorman which so brilliantly melded together horror and comedy into a kids movie. Tommy Lee Jones had some hysterical come backs to Steve Carell in Hope Springs. Brave had quite a few laughs in its bear of a twist. Ted overall was the funniest movie of the summer and had me laughing start to finish. Oh, and who can forget Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages. But the funniest moment doesn’t have to come from a comedy.

Winner: Hulk shuts Loki up in The Avengers. I really could have picked any moment from the climax of the superhero extravaganza that involved Hulk smashing things. But Joss Whedon’s whit created this hilarious moment in which Loki gives the big brute a classic supervillain speech. Hulk doesn’t let him finish though, and picks the god up and throws him around like a rag doll. Sorry Seth, but even you have to be a fan of Joss Whedon’s humor.

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Best Moment Overall: This summer had so many wonderful moments that everyone goes to the movies for. The moment where Bruce Banner finally gives in and becomes the Hulk gives me chills. I laughed like crazy when Ted brought Flash Gordon to his party. Many of the musical numbers in Rock of Ages had me humming along. Then came The Dark Knight Rises. Yeah, it wins, but what moment?

Winner: The last twenty minutes. Holy sh!t. Spoiler warning here folks. Miranda Tate is Talia al Ghul. John Blake’s first name is Robin. Catwoman is finally on the good side. That doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of Batman’s end. Saving his city. Letting Commissioner Gordon in on his secret. The nod to Alfred. It was perfect.

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Best Movie: It’s between two huge superhero epics. That’s all there is to it. Although several other films deserve shout-outs. Rock of Ages, Brave, Ted, The Amazing Spider-man, Hope Springs, and ParaNorman were all a lot of fun to watch. But the overall winner for the summer is…

Winner: The Dark Knight Rises. Sorry Avengers. The box office may not agree but Christopher Nolan’s trilogy closer was unforgettable and is sure to become a classic. I’m sure that The Avengers will be a classic as well, but we now have a superhero trilogy that ranks up there with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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There you have it folks! My favorite films and moments of the summer season. Stay tuned tomorrow for the worst of the summer!

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