I have been an avid cinema-goer since I was little. Something about the combination of buttery popcorn smell, overflowing bathroom trash cans and perpetually sticky floors just does it for me. So when my hometown’s movie theater opened back up, I practically sprained my fingers while purchasing tickets, and ultimately I went to see about one movie each week this summer. I thought I’d put all that time spent in leather reclining chairs to good use, so here is every movie I watched, ranked from worst to best.
There isn’t much to say about this film that hasn’t already been said. I don’t regret watching it per se, but it definitely wasn’t … good. The trailer gave away too much, and aside from Alex Wolff and Thomasin McKenzie, the acting wasn’t anything to write home about. Experiencing this film in a theater with a ton of other people who had not seen it was an emotional rollercoaster, but the twist was a bit underwhelming by Shyamalan standards. The plot got old (pun not intended) very quickly, and there is no doubt in my mind that it should be placed dead last among the other films I saw this summer.
Though it was enjoyable overall, Cruella is undoubtedly my least favorite Emma Stone movie. She’s an amazing actress, and I love her dearly, but she’s not Cruella. She did her best with the role, but I’d take an Easy A rewatch over Cruella any day. I won't deny that it was entertaining (albeit unnecessarily long) and funny at times. It even got a hard exhale out of me once or twice! And if you love fashion, the costume design was easily the best and most memorable part of the film. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t measure up to the other movies on this list.
The Boss Baby: Family Business
If I didn’t love the movies I ranked higher so dang much, The Boss Baby: Family Business could easily sit at number one on this list. Though it may not be the best film, I found it absolutely absurd and hilarious, two important parameters for what I call a “good bad” movie. I actually saw it twice in theaters — once with friends and once with the kids I nanny — and once more at home. Jeff Goldblum as the movie’s main villain is incredible, and I don’t think I have gut-laughed harder than I did when Boss Baby broke out into Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.” If you ever have to put on a movie for a child and want to enjoy it just as much as them, I highly recommend this superb sequel.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
I know what you're thinking: “Didn’t that movie come out like 15 years ago?” The answer is yes. But my local movie theater was showing it for $5 and I was 4 when it first came out — I simply couldn't turn down an opportunity to see it on the big screen. It’s my favorite Harry Potter film, and seeing it in theaters with a friend who loves it as much as I do was extremely amusing. Though I’ve seen this movie dozens of times, the elevated sound and visual quality made me love it even more. I was able to pick up on things, like background conversations, that I hadn’t been able to make out before.
If I were ranking this movie based on Florence Pugh’s acting alone, it would be much higher, if not first. I freaking love Florence Pugh. Her performance as Yelena brought me to tears multiple times, including during the quintessential Marvel post-credit scene. Clearly, this was Marvel’s intention, as Yelena is going to be an important Phase 4 character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but they didn’t have to put all their eggs in one basket. It was quite funny and the fight scenes were thrilling, but both its humor and action fell flat in comparison to Shang-Chi. I still enjoyed this movie a ton and even went back to see it once more in theaters, but it definitely had more potential. The only original female Avenger deserved more.
Bo Burnham: Inside
I won’t deny it — Inside brings out my inner-millennial. My brother and I, being the insufferable people we are, went to see it the one night it was shown in theaters. If you haven’t seen the special and have somehow escaped every trending song from its soundtrack on TikTok, it’s a musical comedy special about being stuck inside during quarantine. The special itself is incredible, but I have to deduct points because going outside to experience Inside felt … wrong. It was like experiencing quarantine in a movie theater, a place I wasn’t able to go to during that time, which just wasn’t as enjoyable as watching the special from the comfort of my own home.
I’m a simple gal — I see a movie with Ryan Reynolds in it, I watch it. From Deadpool to The Proposal, this man captivates me every single time, and Free Guy was no exception. Reynolds plays a bank teller who realizes that he is actually a background character in an open-world video game. Though I was impressed by how original and refreshing the story was, it can most closely be described as The Lego Movie if it were live-action and rated PG-13. Joe Keery’s performance was incredible, Taika Waititi was absolutely hilarious, and Jodie Comer blew me away — I look forward to seeing her in more projects in the future. It isn’t perfect, but if you like laughing out loud, pop culture references and/or video games, you will definitely enjoy this movie.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
I had been anticipating this movie for a long time, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. It had all of the elements of a good Marvel movie and much more. It also included far more fantasy elements than any other movie in the MCU, all of which were animated spectacularly. As a lover of all things magic, I was very into this change. Its fight scenes were memorable, unique and, quite honestly, blew the action in every other Marvel movie out of the water. I can’t look at a city bus without thinking of Simu Liu now. The action was balanced perfectly with the movie's humor, emotion (I teared up more than once) and girlbossery — what more could you ask for from a film?
A Quiet Place Part II
I have been a fan of all things apocalypse since my hardcore The Walking Dead phase in middle school, and the Quiet Place franchise is not an exception. Speaking of exceptions, however, this film was a rare case of me liking a sequel slightly more than the first film — a Shrek 2 situation, if you will. For one, my favorite part of these kinds of movies is the very beginning of the apocalypse (the part where everything goes to shit), which Part II had and the original did not. I also liked that this film's main conflict had much larger implications than the first's, which made it more gripping, and the addition of Cillian Murphy’s character was perfectly executed. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s the perfect film to watch with Halloween approaching.
The Suicide Squad
I am a casual Marvel fan and have never been into the DC Universe, with the exception of one Harley Quinn comic that was gifted to me in elementary school and the couple of times Batman was on Scooby-Doo. As far as recent DC movies go, Suicide Squad was meh, Wonder Woman was forgettable and Justice League was legitimately one of the worst movies I have ever seen. But I’ve changed my tune since watching The Suicide Squad. This movie, which feels like the love child of Deadpool and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, blew me out of the water (King Shark pun intended). I’m a huge fan of James Gunn’s work, so I expected nothing but the best from this movie, and I got it. I’ve watched it three times and have thoroughly enjoyed each viewing. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do, and feel free to hit me up if you need a watch buddy.