Summer 2018 Movie Review
ABOVE: Time (Lucasfilm Ltd.; Warner Bros. (2); Annapurna Pictures; A24; Disney Pixar)
1. Crazy Rich Asians
This book-based romcom stars Constance Wu as the young NYU professor, Rachel Chu, who while accompanying her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. When they arrive she is shocked to find out that he actually comes from one of Singapore’s richest families. Although slightly cheesy, with a lovable and eccentric mix of characters in the first “all-Asian cast” blockbuster in two decades, this movie received glowing reviews and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%.
2. Deadpool 2
Unlike most other comedy sequels, Deadpool 2 has lived up to its hype. In this movie, Deadpool teams up with other superheroes (or anti-heroes) to save a teenage mutant from Cable, a genetically enhanced soldier from the future. Although critics have noted that the movies incessant jokes and “nonstop unseriousness”(Rotten Tomatoes) can wear the viewer down, the movie still makes it into the category of top new summer movies.
3. Oceans 8
In the newest addition to the Oceans Heist movies, Debbie Ocean recruits an all-female crew of specialists to pull off the biggest heist of her life, stealing a 150 million dollar necklace. With stars such as Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, and Anne Hathaway, this film has been labeled a “nifty takedown of celebrity culture and the fashion world” (NPR). Although the movie has been an overall success, many critics feel that the plot is predictable and the too similar to the other Oceans movies.
4. Incredibles 2
In this long-awaited animated film, the Incredibles are back, but this time their roles have been reversed. Helen, the mother of the family has gone off on a mission, leaving the father, Bob, home with the kids. Throughout the film, Bob has to learn with all of the ups and downs of a “normal” life. This film has received many positive ratings, with critics calling it “the rare sequel that lives up to everyone’s expectations”(The Muvibuff).
BlacKkKlansman is inspired by the real-life events of the first African-American detective in Colorado Springs Police Department, who takes on the dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. BlacKkKlansman uses “history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events”(Rotten Tomatoes). The New York Times described it as a “furious, funny, blunt and brilliant confrontation with the truth.”