Best and Worst movies of Summer 2014

Best and Worst movies of Summer 2014
Guardians Of The Galaxy

It's been bad...apparently.

Forbes, Bloomberg, New York Times and many others have declared that Hollywood had its worst summer in the US for decades. Each US agency may be debating over how bad home box-office sales have been.

But the blockbusters did not fare that badly - most of the movies did well overseas.

For instance, Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction performed below expectation, with just US$244 million (S$307 million). But the US$210 million-budget production grossed more than US$1 billion including global sales.

However well or poorly the summer blockbusters performed, we can all agree that summer was a mixed bag.

As we eagerly await 2015 - The Avengers! Mad Max! Jurassic World! - here is M's picks for the Best and Worst of Summer 2014.


Best: Guardians Of The Galaxy

I'm just hooked on a feeling after watching this film. Its a perfect combination of epic visuals and side-splitting lines. A fantastical film that few saw coming.

Worst: The Expendables 3

For a movie named as such, I wonder why they haven't been expended yet. If you have watched any of the previous instalments, skip this one. Other than the cast, the movie is exactly the same.


Best: Lucy

French director Luc Besson does what he does best, turning his beautiful leading lady - Scarlett Johansson - into a kick-butt action hero.

Johansson plays a dumb chick who can suddenly use 100 per cent of her brain after ingesting weird drugs, and mayhem ensues. Sublime. Think Think Bang Bang.

Worst: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The turtles are so ugly. The plot is so generic. The action is so excessive. The humour is so juvenile. It's like they felt a duty to ensure that the film is as dumb as possible.

Mission accomplished.


Best: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

The old and new came together in one perfect package. All that hype didn't disappoint. Plus there's lots of Hugh Jackman, and that's enough for me.

Worst: Noah

Rock monsters aka fallen angels building the ark? No wonder some were up in arms, calling it sacrilegious.

A total wash-out.


Best: Guardians Of The Galaxy

Considering it had all the hallmarks of a stinker (no press screenings usually means there is something to hide), this was just pure fun. We are Groot.

Worst: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

An utter mess. Vast plot holes, illogical events and a wildly uneven tone (Electro's stalker scenes are way too disturbing for a kids' film). Just an overlong introduction to a spin-off.


Best: How to Train Your Dragon 2

A rollicking adventure boasting amazing visuals, lots of humour and powerful emotions, this highly anticipated sequel definitely lived up to expectations. As good as its predecessor.

Worst: The Expendables 3

Screenwriter and leading star Sylvester Stallone should have stopped after the first movie. A predictable dumb action flick, this is one noisy affair with not much of a plot. And my favourite Jet Li is reduced to a cameo.


Best: Guardians Of The Galaxy

A risky bet from Marvel Studios that had the potential to be their first big stumbling block. Now it's the runaway success of the year, an instant classic that warrants repeat viewing and gets better with every round.

Worst: Transformers: Age Of Extinction

This felt like two sequels back to back. An unending ear-busting fireworks display that quickly becomes monotonous.

This article was first published on Sep 10, 2014.
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