Summer movies 🍿

It has been a great summer for movies. We’ve wrapped up seeing most of the “big” movies, so here’s a mini review of each.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. I love the art style in these movies. When the big animation studios moved from 2D to 3D, we lost some of what made hand-drawn animation so beautiful. Getting a little bit of that back now.

Mission: Impossible 7. So much fun. The driving off the cliff scene might’ve been a little over-hyped leading up to the movie. Super dangerous but I think scaling the skyscraper (in 4) and hanging on to the side of a cargo plane (in 5) were both more stunning. Still, some great action.

Barbie. Really enjoyed this. It’s the kind of movie that you wouldn’t think would work. In the hands of a less-capable director, could’ve walked the line poorly between bad and brilliant. Still listening to What Was I Made For? by Billie Eilish.

TMNT: Mutant Mayhem. Pushing the boundaries of 3D animation again like the Spider-Verse movies. I remember reading my friend’s original black and white TMNT comics back in the day, but the new movie doesn’t require any previous knowledge to enjoy it.

Oppenheimer. Possibly a masterpiece. I was expecting great visuals, which is why we waited to see it on 70mm IMAX, but the pacing and acting and everything else also blew me away. Lots to think about afterwards. The best movie I’ve seen in years.

Manton Reece @manton