2013 Movie Recap

Scott Iwaniec

It seems the summer movie season is coming to a close. Why not take a brief look back at the best of summer of 2013:

Monster’s Inc. from 2013
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Iron Man 3: One of the most audience dividing movies I have ever seen. A controversial plot twist sends comic book fans in outrage while the rest of us were able to enjoy a darker, more mature Iron Man film. This is definitely a great start to Marvel Phase 2.

Star Trek Into Darkness: My favorite move of the entire year. This film is a complete thrill ride from start to finish that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat. Like Iron Man, it really splits the fans of the source material due to a slightly different re-enactment of a famous scene from Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn. As long as you don’t get stuck in things from before you were born, you will have a fantastic time.

Man of Steel: What is it with 2013 movies dividing its fan base 50/50? Man of Steel serves to be the biggest offender to its die-hard fan base this year. It was a hit or miss with most of the general movie-going audience essentially due to a more Dark Knight tone rather than the “Big Blue Boy Scout” that we are used to seeing. This contains a climax more destructive than Transformers 3, I am being totally serious. I enjoyed it so definitely check it out.

Fast and Furious 6: Like cars? So do I. The latest Fast and Furious is just a straight up fun time that continues to increase the awesomeness of the franchise. It’s self-aware and isn’t trying to be anything more than a popcorn-flick, but it does a fantastic job at it.

Pacific Rim: The most underappreciated movie of the year. It’s Giant Robots vs. Inter-dimensional Dinosaurs. Excuse for a moment, that it is clearly an adult version of the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. This is Transformers – if the creators actually cared. Pacific Rim is easily my favorite film of the summer besides Star Trek.

Monsters University: Not as good as the original that we all know and love, but it’s a charming revisit to some of our favorite characters. It’s a Disney movie, so it’s something we can all appreciate. However, it is nowhere near the caliber of Toy Story, but definitely watch it if you have the chance.

The Wolverine: Hugh Jackaman gives us his best in the most physically demanding performance we have ever seen from any X Men film. This film shows incredible depth to the Wolverine character like we’ve never seen before with beautiful hand-to-hand combat any martial artist would appreciate to see.

Despicable Me 2: I couldn’t get around seeing it (ironically) but I haven’t heard a bad word about it yet. Get ready for the Minions spin-off film coming soon!