Summer blockbusters have become a big part of American culture. This year was no exception, as moviegoers of all ages had a wide variety of options to whet their cinematic appetite.
What this year lacked in drama, it made up for in animated classics.
America’s favorite villain-turned-hero, Gru, returned to theatres in Despicable Me 2. This time, instead of pulling off the world’s most impressive heists, Gru is on the other side, tasked with hunting down and stopping an evil criminal who intends to take over the world.
The movie delivers everything that fans of its predecessor could possibly want: an engaging story, plenty of action and those hilarious yellow minions.
Another animated sequel has excelled at the box office. Monsters University goes back in time from the 2001 film Monsters Inc. to the college years of Mike and Sulley. The movie shows that the relationship between the two friends hasn’t always been so strong, as both have dreams of becoming the world’s best scarer, and a rivalry soon ensues. The two are forced to rely on each other in order to accomplish their dreams, and a life-long friendship begins. The film does a great job of giving viewers a look into the past and revealing the unusual path that leads to the bond between the two besties.
The top-grossing movie of 2013 to date has been Iron Man 3. The post-Avengers world of Tony Stark can be described as shaky at best as he faces the fear that he might not be as invincible as he thought. With the help of a young fan, Stark is able to outwit his opponents and once again save the world from imminent doom. Robert Downey Jr. offers the audience a side that hasn’t yet been seen of his character as he must work to overcome a lack of confidence for the first time in his life.
The film offers viewers all the action and a dramatic conclusion they’ve come to expect from the franchise.