For me, this summer was all about trippy films, be it 3D, mind games or lab experiments gone wrong in every way. Most times it was about being charmed by a beautiful idea, but sometimes it just felt good to be a little girl again. It was like a unconventional summer stay-cation, visiting times and concepts and oddities. Don’t forget to pack your thinker!
5) Toy Story 3
Definitely one of the most anticipated films of the summer, led-up to with Toy Story and its sequel and brought back to theatres in 3D. The first two successful films weren’t originally done in 3D and it seemed kind of risky to put the third out in 3D given all the major 3D failures lately. It’s just that much sweeter when a film rocks it against doubts. But this film couldn’t have done it for me without Barbie (Jodi Benson) and Ken (Michael Keaton), cracking jokes about Ken’s all too obvious unmanliness and his destined love with Barbie.
4) Despicable Me
Steve Carell and Jason Segel is more than enough to sell a film but when it comes to kids films, we expect something corny, especially when it’s about a two supposed evil masterminds and three chipmunk-cheeked little girls selling cookies. Doesn’t leave much room for jokes for the parents but for those of us who are still secretly a five-year-old version of ourselves, this film was just right. I mean, come on, silly faces and sounds are still funny.
3) Mr. Nobody
This film was all about possibilities. What could have been? What was? They’re both meshed in this film. It’s an idea so limitless-ly fulfilling that it’s depressing, if that even makes sense. Not that it’s easy to understand much of the film itself. It’s a futuristic utopian/dystopian film set to make us appreciate the way we live our lives right now, but also reminding us of the choices we’ve had in our own lives. In other words, it’s a film for those who hobby thinking.
This film’s beauty was in its unpredictability. Like Mr. Nobody, the film played with a utopian/dystopian idea: What if we could create animal-human hybrids? The results were repulsive, sweet, terrifying and sexy. This idea was intertwined with the story of a young couple going through their young couple woes but totally shaken up by this new being in their lives. In simplest terms, this film is very, very weird and discomforting. But some of us love that kind of thing.
How awesome is it when your most anticipated film of the summer actually meets your expectations? Come on. Who doesn’t want to a see a film set in imaginations of stunningly unfamiliar worlds where the earth can fold over above or people can die but don’t really die or where you can pry through others’ thoughts? Just wow. Beautiful idea, great execution and a cast that fits almost seamlessly together. What more could you ask for? And not that I’m an Ellen Page fan but I like to root for my Canadians and this film seemed like a step, albeit a baby step, away from her usual troubled teenager role and into the clever college student role. Who knows, maybe next we’ll see her a struggling young adult.