Take this as our 'theatrical edition' - who knows, a few other ideas were left on the cutting room floor - maybe we'll release the 'extended edition' soon!
1. Favourite film of the summer?
Nathan: Time to move on from the superhero films (for now at least!). I absolutely loved Nerve - in a summer that felt the opposite, Nerve felt very original and inspired, standing out for all the right reasons. It didn't set the box office alight and the reviews (from both critics and general audiences) were mixed. I can nit-pick the film for its faults and flaws, particularly the moralising and melodramatic ending, but Lionsgate crafted an entertaining popcorn flick with some brain behind it that felt new, refreshing and under appreciated. it's exactly the type of film Lionsgate should be making in their post-Hunger Games future and the sort of small, original and exciting films that we need among the tentpoles. I also enjoyed The Boss, Now You See Me 2 and The Huntsman: Winter's War more than most, although I'll probably lose any shred of credibility for admitting that out loud!
Nathan: I'll have to agree - Suicide Squad was supposed to put the DCEU on the right track, but it instead added insult to injury and pushed (general) audience's patience a little more. If they don't get out of this rut of poor films and start building a stronger foundation, the franchise will be beyond saving. X-Men: Apocalypse really let me down too, and seemed to do the X-Men franchise more harm than good in the long run. After the rather fantastic Days of Future Past and refreshing the series with the off-kilter Deadpool, Apocalypse felt like a discouraging step back. It felt very rushed, recycled and, in places, rather boring. It did have its redeeming features - some exciting sequences and the three main leads - but it felt like a step back, rather than several steps forward.
Nathan: I'll play Devil's Advocate here and say that Allegiant has been the biggest game-changer, but for all the wrong reasons. The Divergent series always paled in comparison to The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, for example, but to see it crash and burn on the penultimate hurdle - in terms of ticket sales, critic reception and general audience interest - is a real shame and Lionsgate are in a lose-lose situation going forward: they can either stand to lose money with the final instalment (as this third has already done) or disappoint fans by continuing down the rumoured television (without the main cast!). This could have been avoided had they not had tried to cash in and unnecessarily split the final novel into two, where the demand did just not exist. It will be interesting but rather uncomfortable seeing how they continue with this franchise. I do not envy them at all. on the flipped of the question, I would agree that Civil War has changed everything moving forward with the MCU.
We can still expect some hopefully great entertainment before the year is out. I am particularly excited for Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. My most anticipate movie would have to be Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them.
Next summer has many films I'm very much looking forward to, namely Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tales, Wonder Woman, Spiderman: Homecoming and Dunkirk.
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