Eppler: Highs and (mostly) lows of summer movies so far

Eppler: Highs and (mostly) lows of summer movies so far

Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of Summer, but for Hollywood, Summer started at the beginning of May releasing big budget would be blockbuster movies every week. And if we're being honest, it was a rough month. Here's a look back at the six major releases of the Summer so far:

The best major release of the summer so far is still the first one out the gate: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," where director James Gunn delves deeper into what makes these movies fun - the characters and their relationships - instead of twisting it in knots trying to set up future sequels and spin-offs like other Marvel movies have done. 

An attempt to revive the "King Arthur" brand with "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" turned out to be a colossal failure at the box office and the movie itself is grim, glum and dumb. Writer and Director Guy Ritchie's best movies are about British street thugs, and he kinda tries to do that with Arthur and his chums - which is fun at first - but then it turns into a typical superhero origin story. And can we please stop trying to make Charlie Hunnam happen? It's just not working.

"Snatched" with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a kidnapped daughter and mother has some very funny moments because these ladies are so good, and they spark together. But the script ends up failing them, especially in the second half.

"Alien: Covenant" is better than expected with Director Ridley Scott showing fans he got the message about "Prometheus" being boring with not enough chest explosions and face latchings. It's more fun and beautifully shot, but the movie is still way up its own hinder with a mythology and metaphors it seems to think are really deep and important.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is the fifth in this series, and it's really just more of the same. And I mean that literally. It's actually a soft remake of the first movie "Curse of the Black Pearl" and with some original cast cameos. So it's basically what "The Force Awakens" did, but without the earned nostalgia that comes with decades of separation.

Look, I like Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow - a unique blast of a character that was a revelation in 2003 and rightly Oscar nominated. Now he's like that party guest who has stayed way too late and it's just not fun anyway. Go home, Jack - I'll get you a ship Uber. 

"Baywatch" is the worst movie of the summer so far, and in the running for worst of the year - or maybe the last three years. I hated it. The filmmakers are trying to take an old TV series and re-imagine it as a self-referencing R-rated comedy. Hey it's worked before ("21 Jump Street" - twice, actually ("22 Jump Street").  But the script is dreadfully unfunny with one-liners and sight gags that land with a thud. About an hour in, I prayed for "Baywatch" to end quickly. God wasn't listening. It's two hours of summer movie torture.

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