Best of Film and TV in Summer 2017

Chloe Steinig

Summer 2017 was the summer of superheroes, epic battles, and the return of shows close to audience’s hearts. Like all summers, there were a few things that stood out from all the rest.

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“Spiderman Homecoming” was released on July 7 and stunned audiences worldwide. The film reboots the classic superhero with Tom Holland making his debut as Peter Parker, who is trying to prove his abilities to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to achieve full Avenger status. Parker has a few webs in his way to impress Stark: navigating high school while fighting new villain The Vulture (Michael Keaton) simultaneously. “Homecoming” is a John Hughes coming of age film done the Marvel way, with Holland capturing Parker’s boyish charm as well as his bravery.

On July 21, another heroic film in a different sense from superheroes, was released. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” depicts a World War II battle where young Allied soldiers become trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Different from other films where the battle plays out during the film, the fight is already lost, and the main concern is getting all the men out alive. With an acting debut from One Direction’s Harry Styles and stunning cinematography, “Dunkirk” is a must see.

Superheroes also prevailed on television with Marvel’s “Defenders” season one premiering on Netflix on Aug. 18. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) team up to fight supervision The Hand. Following and developing plot lines from their own individual series on the streaming platform, episodes focus on each superhero individually as well as their collaborative efforts against evil.

Besides superheroes, two other television shows with a cult fan following returned: “Twin Peaks” and “Game of Thrones.” The penultimate season of the HBO fantasy favorite, season seven of “Game of Thrones” premiered on July 16. An accumulation of long awaited firsts, the series began to bring characters together, with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally meeting. With the final season set to premiere in late 2018, fans cannot get enough of the Seven Kingdoms.

Almost 25 years to the date after Laura Palmer she will see us again in 25 years, show creators David Lynch and Mark Frost brought “Twin Peaks: The Return” to Showtime on May 19. A season two finale that left fans on a cliffhanger, not sure if they would ever get another season to answer the questions, “The Return” begins to answer all of the missing pieces. The 18-part series chronicles Agent Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) journey back to the town where it all began with Laura Palmer’s (Sheryl Lee) death in Twin Peaks, Washington.

With everything that was released this summer, from war films to seasons of beloved TV shows, summer 2017 was a memorable one that kept audiences entertained and begging for more.


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