July was a month that had a little of everything. There was Oscar worthy films, big budget tentpoles and superhero epics. So what were the best movies of July? I’ll give you my top five and a little breakdown for each.
5. Atomic Blonde
Just sneaking into my top five is the last new release of the month, Atomic Blonde. The action here makes up for all the narrative shortcomings. David Leitch’s direction was spot on for a film like this. His close quarters style of direction benefited all involved. With the neon lighting of the film, it was visually stunning.
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4. The Big Sick
Big Sick garnered a ton of critical buzz. I hadn’t heard a negative thing around it until it was released wide on July 14th. The movie has so many genres mixed into it. It’s a comedy that will double you over in laughter. Even more than funny, it’s romantic. Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan have magnetic chemistry. The relationship Kumail has with Emily’s parents Terry (Ray Romano) and Beth (Holly Hunter) is fun to watch play out. How it grows over the course of the movie is one of its strongest story points. As the story develops as a member of the audience you don’t know what’s coming next. How will Kumail’s parents react to him being with a girl he met himself? Will Emily end up being okay, and will their relationship continue? There were so many questions that arose as the movie went along, and not knowing the answer was refreshing.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Spider-Man reboot was a fantastic addition to the MCU. It was the first time in awhile where there was a flushed out, menacing villain in one of their films. Michael Keaton’s Vulture was the strongest element of this movie. His performance was incredible. The moment him and Peter share in the car on the way to Homecoming was intense, and that moment with their back and forth was intense to say the least. You feel the fear Toomes strikes into Peter at that moment. Holland did a great job showing the fear on his face. With that, the action, funny moments, and phenomenal performances Spider-Man: Homecoming added to the momentum the superhero genre has right now.
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2. War for the Planet of the Apes
The Apes trilogy had a fitting and emotional end. Andy Serkis cements his legacy as the best motion capture actor ever. He’s taken his performance to the next level as this trilogy has gone on. You’ll feel for Caesar, probably more than any human character this year. With his iconic performance, you have Woody Harrelson adding another element to the film. His villain was the perfect foil for Caesar. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. This is one of the years best films.
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July has been the best month for movies this year. There were three or four more films that deserve to be on this list. War was the undisputed best movie of July until Nolan dropped Dunkirk. There isn’t a moment to breathe in that movie. It constantly has its foot on the gas, and doesn’t let up until the credits. Nolan keeps you on the edge of your seat with his visceral style. People have said not knowing a lot about these characters hurts this movie. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Dunkirk is more res because of that. Why would any of these characters talk about where they came from and who they are in the middle of this catastrophic situation. Nolan captured that brilliantly, and you feel for those people whether you know every detail about them or not. Dunkirk is incredible.
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