The summer movie season can be overwhelming but also a lot of fun. There is so much to see but so little time. If you want to take a break from going to the theatre to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past over and over and over again, I’ve put together some great summer blockbusters that are currently streaming on Netflix Canada.
Pirates of The Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) teams up with the drunk, eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) to attempt to save his love Elisabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and fight off the undead. Before we endured the countless sequels that followed, the original Pirates of The Caribbean film took over the summer of 2003. It seemed like it was the only movie anyone could talk about, spawned a timeless Halloween costume, earned Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination and it made a lot of money. While the sequels are incredibly bloated, this is a lot of fun and is a great example of the last time Johnny Depp put effort into something.
The Fast & Furious franchise has reinvented itself several times over now and shows no signs of running out of gas (do you see what I did there?!). The plot is pretty simple: they steal cars, there’s a heist, they travel the world and there are ridiculous stunts. The thing about the Fast & Furious movies now is that they’ve become self-aware; they know how ridiculous they are, they’re having a lot of fun with it, and might have just become a respectable franchise. Fast Five works more of as a heist film than any other entry in the series and is a really good time.
World War Z
World War Z was a major surprise. A surprise in that it’s good and that it did really well at the box office. It endured a lot of turmoil during production (rewrites, going over budget, changing the ending, completely straying from the beloved book it’s based on) and many thought it would be a big flop. It was not! The film centers around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) attempting to stop the zombie pandemic around the world. World War Z may not be faithful to it’s source material, but for non-fans of the book, it’s a really enjoyable zombie movie; tense, thrilling and fun.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
One of the original summer blockbusters, it’s a movie many consider to be the perfect summer movie (and a great movie in general). In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 10 years have passed since the events of the first movie and now another terminator has been sent back through time to kill John Connor (Sarah Connor’s son). The film expands on the great first movie by having better effects and action sequences than the first movie, but adds an alarming amount of depth. It’s a must for any true movie lover.
There is an alarming lack of female driven summer blockbusters this summer (unless you count how Frozen is still making bank). The Charlie’s Angels movies are far from perfect (the second is a personal guilty pleasure of mine) but the perfect example of campy summer movie fun. For the youths reading this, Charlie’s Angels is the film version of the 70s TV show of the same name. It centers around three detectives (Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Lui) who kick ass. All the Netflix users who independent throw your hands up in the air!