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The Deathly Gallows: 'Harry Potter,' 'Pirates 4' top summer movies awards list

Published: Monday, August 22, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 00:08

Summer Movies

Mickelle Yeates | Dixie Sun

Each year there seems to be a trend in types of movies. This summer was one of sequels, spies and superheroes.

Oh, how unique…but as audiences went to theaters with the expectation of another overdone idea, they came out surprised but still laughing and talking about the movie. With that in mind, these were the best summer movies and the "awards" they deserve.

Best Action Movie

The best action movie is "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon." This movie was good news for boys because it was yet another action-packed-technology-filled movie, although, it did wipe the smile off their faces with the absence of Megan Fox. The letdown was quickly made up when the Transformers and humans battled in the skies and streets of Chicago.

Sophomore Corinne Gould, a psychology major from Plattsburgh, N.Y., said: "It was just good. It made me really want to be in a world where my car could transform into my best friend. It was so action-filled that it makes you cringe on the edge of your theater seat, waiting for you to see what happens in the end. It could've done without the girl [Carly, played by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley]."

Even though Shia LeBouf's new love interest sucked the life out of a few scenes, Bumblebee and the Decepticons roared life into the next.

Best Animation

For best animation, there weren't many options. So amid the tough decision of "Winnie the Pooh," "The Smurfs" (What was this movie even about? I still don't know), and "Kung Fu Panda 2," it is obvious that "Cars 2" stands out as the clear winner.

You see those reviews where the critics rant and rave about a movie being a "family movie," meaning your "Betty White" grandma or newborn baby brother would equally enjoy it. The phrase is overused, but "Cars 2" is that movie.

A mix of both a racing story, from the original "Cars," and a thrilling tale of spies and espionage, which contributes to the growing popularity of spy movies, "Cars 2" kept audiences entertained. With every twist and turn, on the track as well as in the plot, viewers couldn't help but feel the intensity of Lightning McQueen's competitiveness and laugh at Mater's screw-ups. And the animation was without flaw, just like every Pixar movie.

Best Comic Book Spinoff Movie

"Captain America" is the best comic book spinoff movie. And yes, it's a made up category, but with all the "superhero" movies every year, this should be one of the categories among the Oscars.

Jake Cox, a senior integrated studies major from St. George, said: "I saw Captain America twice, once in 2D and then in 3D. For those of you who haven't seen it, I strongly suggest that you do. Not only is it awesome, it is awesome! I would have liked to see a little more of Captain America kicking butt, but I was definitely OK with the amount they had."

Not only were the special effects better than "Green Lantern" or "Iron Man 2," but they had such a unique set. You could tell that everybody, from the costume designer to the screenplay writer, worked hard on this movie.

Best Actor/Supporting Actor

It's no surprise that best actor is Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides." Anybody who can walk around like they're drunk half the time, have that crazy look in their eyes, and have a swordfight while being as good looking as Johnny Depp deserves this award.

And heck, while I'm at it, there's enough talk of Penelope Cruz acting in the movie to make it look like she's the main character, so Johnny Depp can also get the award for best supporting actor.

Best Movie Overall

I've saved the best for last. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" is best movie overall. And it's not just because I've read the books and actually dressed up as a witch at a midnight viewing and might have a crush on one or two of the actors.

The final Harry Potter ties the eight movies together, like using scenes when they go back to the Chamber of Secrets, from the second book, and going to Gringott's Bank, from the first book.

These scenes show how much thought was put into the production and how well written it is. Harry Potter also has the perfect ending. Some say it's cheesy, but how else could it have ended? Exactly. This movie makes it OK to use the cliché "tugs at heartstrings" because it's true; it does. It's exciting, it's romantic, it's adventurous, and it's just plain brilliant.

All of these movies were great. Even though the summer of 2011 is ending and the summer movies are over, there is something we can all look forward to—no, not the new "Twilight" movie—the moment of the release date of these movies on DVD. 

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