Avengers: Age of Ultron
The summer started a little early with Age of Ultron blasting through cinemas in May of 2015, giving us our first summer blockbuster that literally packs a punch. All our favorites –C aptain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye — all came back to mix epic action with witty banter, courtesy of screenwriter and director Joss Whedon. James Spader’s Ultron was a hilarious and creepy villain, worthy of a proper fight from the Avengers, and by introducing Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision, Age of Ultron continued the Avenger’s legacy in a marvelously entertaining way.
With its hilarious trailer and comedic cast, Inside Out had a lot of hype going in, but it blew us all away with its poignant concept, inventive interpretation of human emotion and the complexity of growing up, and of course, the animation Pixar and Disney are famous for. Combining humor with adventure and a good few tugs on the heartstrings, Inside Out proved to be a movie entertaining for people of all ages, and a summer 2015 hit.
Probably the biggest smash of the summer, Jurassic World paid homage to its origins, the classic Jurassic Park, and also upped the ante in terms of CGI, scope, and of course, dinosaurs! Ridiculously attractive Chris Pratt and co-star Bryce Dallas Howard lead the cast on a dramatic adventure involving velociraptors, the famous T-Rex, and a new hybrid baddie that really can make you quake in your seat. The film is all new thrills, humor, excitement, and a good dose of nostalgia—rather like a good theme park!
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Rogue Nation had all the tropes of the Mission: Impossible franchise, but this time it really worked. Featuring all the classic points like big action, incredible stunts, and plenty of twists and turns, this movie is a delightfully entertaining spectacle. Bonus points for casting Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson as the female lead, portraying a fantastic, intriguing, empowered spy who can clearly hold her own with big stars like Tom Cruise. The plot and villain are not much to speak of, but the cast and the action hold it together for an exciting summer thrill ride, should you choose to accept it.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
August saw the entry of a 1960s throwback spy movie with a modern upgrade in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., featuring a starry cast and a flashy design. The high-intensity action contrasts with the humorously calm banter between the characters (and in particular, Henry Cavill’s American Napoleon Solo) made the whole ride enjoyable and exciting. Alicia Vikander steals the show as the feisty Gabby Teller, and Armie Hammer’s ready-to-explode KGB agent Illya Kuryakin is as humorously ill-tempered as possible. It’s a fun, stylish ride to end the summer on a nostalgic high.