And so, another summer movie season has come and gone. With August 9’s Elysium, the 2013 season of blockbusters has officially ended. I would argue that it was another disappointing summer.
My biggest emotional investment rested in Man of Steel (June 14), and that film was the biggest letdown of the year for me. I cared less about Iron Man 3 (May 3), the kickoff movie of the season, and while I enjoyed it, it in no way distinguished itself from the dozens of comic book movies that have been made since 2000. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 15), like its predecessor, was unnecessary and derivative. The best blockbuster of the summer, for me, was Pacific Rim (July 12).
No, I didn’t see every blockbuster this summer; I never do. But I do catch up with them eventually. And this trend of sloppy, shallow, horribly written movies with immaculate special effects doesn’t change. Think about the movies with the biggest hype from the last few years and consider how many of them were actually memorable for any reason other than effects. Remember The Dark Knight Rises(2012), Battleship (2012), Green Lantern (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (2011), The A-Team (2010), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)?
Thankfully, there were some great blockbusters sprinkled throughout these years (like Inception, 2010). I acknowledge that, and if I am dismissing any of your favorite movies with my list above, comment and tell me why I am wrong. But I have found so many of these action blockbusters to be worthless, a waste of money, not even worth $8 on Blu-ray to show off my home theater setup.
What do you think? And how were the 2013 blockbusters that I missed? Did The Wolverine (July 26) justify its own existence? Was The Lone Ranger (July 3) as awful as it looked?
About the author:
Steve Hawco spent too many hours in the shadow-strewn offices and steamy alleys of 1941 San Francisco. After suffering one too many double-crosses in his search for a black figure of a bird, he decided to put his fedora away and enter the sunny world of Rant Pad criticism. His favorite films include Seven Samurai, Once Upon a Time in the West, Blade Runner, Aliens, and Sunshine. He’s an occasional guest commentator on our podcast, and he also has Kind of a Movie Blog.