Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 6th, 2011 at 5:22 pm,

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Forget about checking your calendar – when you read that Shark Night 3D is one of the big releases of the weekend, you know the Summer Movie Season is officially coming to an end.

Overall, 2011 was a decent year as far as summer releases go. There were a handful of surprises (and more than a couple of disappointments) but most movies were good enough to ensure that people walked away entertained and with their expectations met – as opposed to, say, protesting in the streets and demanding a ticket refund.

Quibbles about whether Fast Five or Thor truly marked the start of Summer 2011 aside, the season started off with a bang at the box office – and eventually fizzled out in the end. So, here are the big questions: What were the standouts of the summer? And what movies left us unimpressed (to put it mildly)?

Bear in mind: the following is strictly OPINION and based on the collective views of us here at Screen Rant. Which is why, for example, Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn’t our choice for Best Surprise Summer Hit – while a lot of people were skeptical about how that franchise reboot would turn out, we were behind that flick long before it was released. So, the final product being as good as it was came as less a surprise to us.

Feel free to voice your agreement (or disagreement) with any choices in the comments section – and as always, keep it civil. icon wink Summer 2011 Movies: The Best, The Worst, & Some Surprises

If you’re interested in a particular category, here’s the breakdown

We’ll start out with our favorite movie genre here at Screen Rant


Best Comic Book Movie – Captain America: The First Avenger

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This summer, it turned out the best superhero comic book movie was being saved for last.

Thor and X-Men: First Class were both solid, but it was the second Marvel in-house production, Captain America: The First Avenger, that was arguably the overall best pure superhero movie of the season. It was appropriately old-fashioned in design, didn’t have to devote too much effort to setting up The Avengers – heck, it even came up with a clever explanation for why its main character runs around with a bullseye on his shield!

Captain America didn’t boast the enthralling action set pieces that some of its comic book movie peers have offered, but it was a fun blockbuster that featured some great characters, pleased comic book enthusiasts with its similarities to the source material – and, most importantly, made people all the more excited to see Steve Rogers return in both The Avengers and future Captain America solo ventures.

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Most Disappointing Comic Book Movie - Green Lantern

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Some two and a half months have passed since this superhero title hit theaters, and fans are still a bit tetchy, to say the least. While the majority of professional critics agree the movie was a mediocre attempt to realize the Green Lantern universe in live-action form, there remains a vocal minority of the fan community who feel that director Martin Campbell’s comic book flick is undeserving of all the flak it’s had to endure.

One thing we can (hopefully) all agree on is that Green Lantern certainly could’ve been better. Case in point: how many people who had never read a Lantern comic book prior to seeing the film honestly walked away afterwards with a solid understanding of how the Green Lantern Corps works? Or didn’t think there were there, at times, some gaping holes in the plot? Or didn’t feel that Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan kind of came off as DC’s answer to Marvel’s Iron Man - but not in a good way?

Perhaps this “I’m a Marvel… and I’m a DC” skit put it best: We all love the Hal Jordan character – now we just want to see him appear in a good movie.

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  1. No no not green lantern… Did you see Thor… That movie was trash

  2. i agree that green lantern should have been a better movie.

    green lantern is a hero that did not need anyone knowing his

    secret identity.although when making superhero movies,the director/

    producers always show the fans their version of the superheroes

    origin instead of following whats inside the comic book. no one

    wants to watch every thing from comicbook to screen because the directors/

    producers cannot. the movie will be 3 to 4 hrs long. if there is

    another green lantern movie,it should be without certain characters

    and show us that green lantern can be an awesome movie. the fans would

    agree with me.

  3. The Green Lantern movie would have been more enjoyable had the director and screenwriters used the Silver Age Green Lantern comics as their main source of inspiration. Those particular issues were the products of people who were avid science fiction fans. Ryan Reynolds should have portrayed Green Lantern as a more resourceful and stoic hero.

  4. I will most likely not watch this year’s televised Oscar presentation but I can’t wait to see the ratings it generates in the North American market.I wonder how many Harry Potter fans will be willing to watch an awards event that ignores Alan Rickman’s outstanding performance in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, Part 2. The final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy might have won a whole slew of Oscar statuettes but the last of the Harry Potter movies featured fine performances from the people who appeared in it.

  5. I wonder what was the percentage of those filmgoers who disliked last summer’s Thor movie because it was based on Marvel’s superhero character instead of the actual Norse god? And, I wonder how many of those people who wanted to watch a based that was based on the Norse legends are actually white supermacists? I tend to suspect that those Hollywood types who openly disparaged TRANSFORMERS 3 also disliked such movies as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, part 2 and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,too.

  6. From the point of view of someone who has never read comics, nor cared to (as I’m a 32 year old single female), yet enjoys a good action flick, this movie was just fine. I won’t claim that it is the very best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s a solid 3.5-4.0 out of 5.0, in my opinion. It seems the biggest complaints are from those who are fans of the comics, but when you think about it, most of the world doesn’t faithfully follow comics, so if you’re able to separate the comic from the movie you’re likely to be satisfied with the film. In fact, I am looking forward to a sequel.

    • THE AVENGERS is a well made, satisfying movie although it borrows more from the animated TV series of the same name and less from the actual comic book stories. However, I personally think that the Avengers movie actually improved upon the origin story which appeared in the first issue of The Avengers comic book.That issue first appeared on the newsstands around June 1963. By comparison, many baby boomers tend to revere George Pal’s 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel THE TIME MACHINE although there were film critics who disliked that movie when it was initially released since its story deviated from the novel from which it based.