Film Review: Great Films that Graced this Summer

Abby Schneider, Staff Writer

Safety Not Guaranteed (R)–

Directed by Colin Trevorrow,  Safety Not Guaranteed shares the story of a magazine staff writer, Jeff (Jake Johnson), and his interns Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau‘s (Karan Soni) quest in reporting a man who entered a classified newspaper ad seeking a partner to travel back in time with. Initially amused by the ad and doubtful of its proposal, the trio of writers seeks out to find Kenneth (Mark Duplass) and examine his seriousness in time travel.

This film has just about everything needed in an independent film to be a success: an original storyline, a romantic subplot between two quirky characters, an impressive soundtrack, and a somewhat predictable ending that leaves the audience feeling good about life.

Celeste and Jesse Forever (R) –

Celeste and Jesse Forever stars Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones in the role of a divorced couple doing their best to stay on friendly terms while seeing other people.

While the synopsis doesn’t exactly sound like anything that hasn’t been done before, the chemistry between these two hilarious actors makes this film surprisingly charming. Celeste and Jesse Forever is the perfect blend of comedy and drama that could please any hopeless romantic or die-hard Andy Samberg fan. I could watch this movie over and over and probably still laugh and cry at Celeste and Jesse’s relationship’s highs and lows.

Brave (PG) –

Pixar’s latest creation, Brave tells the tale of the Scottish, red-headed Princess, Merida, and the consequences she faces while going against her parents’ decision of an arranged marriage.  After a spell gone wrong, she is forced to fix her mistakes, as well as her broken relationship with her mother. Merida’s headstrong personality and refusal to succumb to the usual standards set for royalty makes her out to be the most independent animated Princess out there–something any girl can appreciate.

Pixar’s first attempt at having a female lead character was not only a success, but it set the bar higher for future princesses to come.

Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)–

Everyone knows the story of Snow White–but Snow White and the Huntsman is a little less of a fairytale than most are familiar with.

The movie was advertised as an action-packed version of the story with a plot twist–the huntsman sent to kill Snow White became her protector.

The storyline seemed to deserve an A+, the movie trailer was visually appealing and endearing, but something about the movie itself was lacking.

I immediately found myself uninterested and unsatisfied, amused by scenes that were meant to be serious, and couldn’t help but see Bella Swan where I was supposed to be seeing Kristen Stewart’s adaptation of Snow White. Maybe with better casting and effects, Snow White and the Huntsman could have been a hit, but for now I plan on standing by the Disney version.