I take advantage of my time off during the summer. No trips planned this year, so I’ve been doing the things that make me happy. Listening to a ton of new music. Relaxing with my better half. Reading a little. Writing a ton. And thankfully, I’ve made time for the movies the past few weeks knowing that the summer months are when the film studios come with that fire.
I’ve seen three “notable” releases of the summer, and I think I chose wisely. Spiderman: Homecoming was fantastic, considering my expectations. I’m not a nerd for comic movies. To be honest, I can take them or leave them. I haven’t seen a X-Men movie, I know nothing about The Avengers, and I couldn’t tell you what the upcoming Black Panther movie is about.
But Spiderman was dope. I appreciated the film because the protagonist was who he was created to be. By that, I mean he was a kid; an insecure high school junior. I went in expecting over the top cringe, and was pleasantly surprised by a decent script, an eager Spiderman (no idea who played him), and Michael Keaton as a (somewhat) believable villain. There’s no need for me to reveal anything else. You can get the gist from taking ten minutes to read a comic.
Next up was Dunkirk. If you have any anxiety issues or fear of odd death, you might want to read about this one before buying tickets. I went into the theater nursing a pretty prominent hangover, and was on the actual edge of my seat for two hours. The film is set in WW2, but there’s no blood. No half-blown up bodies. Nobody carrying a leg up the beach, but it was every bit as savage as your favorite war flick. The sequencing of the scenes, the concept, the action, the acting, all stellar. Christopher Nolan at the top of his game. You can add drowning to my slowly growing list of ways not to die.
Last, and most recent for me, is Detroit. This one was a must see on the strength of the film-maker, Kathryn Bigelow, who blessed us with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. I had to see it, and I’m glad I did. It drops you directly into Detroit during the race riots that rocked the city in the late 60’s. It’s gritty and at times tough to watch, but it’s a crucial reminder during the Trump Administration of what hate and a blind eye can do to cities right here in our country.
I’m kicking around the idea of Atomic Blonde and I missed Baby Driver. That Lucky movie with Adam Driver and Channing Tatum also looks alright, but I might have to illegally download that. Let me know if there’s something I need to see, and enjoy the weekend nerds.