As the Summer of 2008 comes to a close and all of the summer blockbusters have been released, I thought it would be a good time to dish out my top 5 list of the best movies from the Summer of 2008. What were YOUR favorite movies this summer?
1. The Dark Knight. This movie was so good, I can’t even explain it. It was a hundred time better than Batman Begins, and thats considering that Batman Begins was already a great movie. The acting was superb and the action was top-notch. Nearly every line said could belong on a T-Shirt. The Dark Knight brought a level of realism to the genre of comic book films that we have not seen in the past. Heath Ledger was insanely brilliant as the Joker. My only complaint for this film, and it is a minimum one, was that Christian Bales Batman voice was a bit overdone.Â
2. Wall-E. Wow, more than half of the movies soundtrack was simply robot sounds and yet moviegoers were intrigued at the story of Wall-E and EVE. Wall-E reminds of me of the classic cartoons of yesteryear were the animation would do the storytelling. An all around fantastic film with a moral that resonates in both children and adults.Â
3. Iron Man. I have to admit that I had my doubts when Robert Downey, Jr. was initially announced as Tony Starks. Seeing the movie smashed those doubts. Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark to perfection. And then the introduction of Nick Fury at the end, can you spell geekgasm?!
4. Wanted. In terms of camera tricks cinematography, this is the closest thing to the Matrix, since, well, the Matrix. Angelina Jolie was made for the role of Fox and James McAvoy was surprisingly good as mild mannered Wesley Allan Gibson. If you enjoyed this movie, do yourself a favor and check out the original graphic novel of the same title.Â
5. Tropic Thunder. This Ben Stiller directed action comedy flick crosses every boundary of what comedy should be. If you’re easily offended, conservative or somewhat squeamish than this movie will probably make you hate Stiller with a passion. If you are able to enjoy the degradation of others at the expense of someone else while understanding that the movie is a complete satire of nearly every respected action, comedy, and drama flick of the 80’s and 90’s, then it is a must see.Â