KC Bosco

Most of you would agree with me that this semester has been extremely exhausting. I, for one, cannot fathom how I survived this semester and did my best in the final semester exams. That being said, I think we should just chill out and relax this summer. Don’t we deserve it?

There are many ways to have fun over the summer: from the open air music festivals and concerts, to traveling around Europe at a discounted price (because of your student status), to visiting family and friends, as well as volunteering with the many summer recreational programs, internships and other stuff. I do advise you to make time to visit the cinemas. This year’s summer movies are quite interesting. For one, you have to see a long overdue cult movie (you will figure out which movie I am talking about in the reviews). There are also sequels to some crazy comedies that you might want to check out and laugh your ribs off. Below are reviews of the 10 movies I think you must see this summer.

Let us start with the easily accepted action and adventure genre. Vin Diesel is back in the Fast and Furious series. This time around, we have the Fast Five which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker. Do you want it faster? Well, you got it! When you are done watching this movie, you will advocate for the name of the series to be called The Faster and More Furious. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly sums it up with one sentence, saying “Fast Five is high-octane trash, but you will go ‘Ohhhhhh!”

Thor has even more adventure. You may have come across the comic book that this movie is adapted from. If you love super human actions and scenes set in a different world that is not Earth, you are in for the ride of your life. Academy Award winner Natalie Portman stars alongside another winner, Anthony Hopkins, and the Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth (who plays  Thor). You want to see the duel between good and evil in the ancient world? Check out this movie! Remember the stunts are even greater in 3-D.

The action and adventure movies even get more exciting with the best of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Our beloved cat of nine lives, Captain Jack Sparrow, is evergreen and full of his silky pirate’s quip and body moves. Also starring is Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa, the villain, remember? One more spice to the sweet soup is the inclusion of Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz who stars as Angelica, Captain Jack Sparrow’s love interest. Yummy. Don’t forget that the epic musical scores were done by Hans Zimmer and the movie is available in 3-D.

The best of the action and adventures movies for this summer is the second part of the last installation of the Harry Potter series titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Expect the usual twists and turns, magic and wizardry like you never see before, and the best of the usual cast. This is it Harry Potter diehard fans! Let us give the characters their deserved ovation. And you know the saying that it is better to leave the stage when the ovation is loudest? Harry Potter does just that!

The comedies also include some sequels. Before we get there, let us start with a very funny movie that will remind us of the school environment while we are on holiday. The title is Bad Teacher. The plot is which of the two female teachers will get the guy. You might want to check out what happens when you star Cameron Diaz with Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, and Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family, all as high school teachers. Simple description: the movie is full time foul-mouthed, like when Diaz says to Segel “Can you sign my Yearbook?” Segel’s reply is “hold my balls,” so beware.

Bad Teacher may not be the only movie competing for the funniest movie of the summer. It has a strong challenge in The Hangover 2. Here, we have Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis (try pronouncing his name fast), Mike Tyson, Ken Jeong, and Ed Helm – so many comedians right? Just get ready to continue laughing from where you stopped at the first part. The lines in the script will give you something to joke and laugh about all through the summer!

Continuing in the line of the movies with sequels is Kung Fu Panda 2. If you loved the martial arts and stunts in the first part, you would not hesitate to storm the cinema for this sequel. Remember the angry but funny face of Po? Priceless! The cast includes Academy Award winners Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jack Black, and Hank Azaria. Get ready for some funky action in 3-D

Last but not the least in the comedies for this summer is Zookeeper. This is not a remake of the famous series of Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller. What should I say about a movie that stars Adam Sandler as a Capuchin Monkey, Sylvester Stallone as a Lion, and Cher as a Lioness with Kevin James as a zoo caretaker? Just watch the trailer- you will get an idea.

If you love an adrenaline rush, the horror category can give you a dose of it. Here, we have Priest, a screen adaptation of a Korean Comic book of the same title. I have just three words for this movie: terrifying, vampire, grotesque! If you can stand the trailer, you can stand the film. If you love bloody vampire movies with romantic and religious undertones, then hit the cinema for this movie.

Looking for something scarier? Something that pushes the boundaries that Paranormal Activity and Let Me In could not? Try watching Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Trust me, the title is quite ironic because after watching this movie, you will be afraid of the dark – literally. The trailer is as scary and creepy as you can imagine – and even more!

Well, these are the 10 summer movies that are worth your screaming, laughing, and popcorn, so enjoy the ride.

Have a great summer holiday!