The summer may be over, but with the return of Fairfield@Night’s Fairfield Flicks programming series, there’s still time to catch some of the hottest summer flicks every Friday night in Gonzaga.
Fall 2017’s Flick list started strong with a Sept. 4 showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which ranked 12th on the list of 2017’s highest grossing films despite poor reviews and a Sept. 8 showing of “Wonder Woman,” which IMBD has identified as both the highest grossing film of the summer as well as the second highest of 2017. Yet students who missed these two films have many more summer hits to look forward to catching throughout the semester.
Ranking fourth on the 2017 list of highest grossing films, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the latest addition to the Marvel Universe and will be screened on Sept. 29. Following high school-aged Peter Parker (Tom Holland), the film shows Parker as he puts his normal life on hold in the hopes of getting a never-intended call to arms from The Avengers — until he gets on the wrong side of some aspiring villains who have gotten their hands on alien technology. Thinking this is a perfect chance to prove that he is ready to become an official Avenger to mentor-figure Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) Parker dives in too soon, resulting in the destruction of a ferry carrying hundreds of civilians and numerous casualties. While the film moved too slowly at times, leading to awkward transitions and a feeling of repetition, it is a must-see for any Marvel, superhero or action film buff due to the intense fight scenes, all too comically relatPable incidents Parker suffers as he navigates his normal life and the familiar rise of the hero plotline. In creating this film, Marvel began a new Spider-Man, which has both attracted thousands of new fans and renewed the interest of those who have been disappointed by other films featuring the Web-Slinging super.
Ranking fifth on the list of highest grossing films of 2017, “Despicable Me 3” was an adorable continuation of a much beloved series. Featuring Felonius Gru (Steve Carell) after he and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are fired from the Anti-Villain League, Gru seems to be turning back into a villain when he discovers a long lost twin brother. While previews make the feature seem like any other with this plot cliché, the film itself was anything but. With numerous plot twists and interaction among the miss-matched Grus, the film shows the family struggling with topics viewers of all different ages can relate to. Loss, being forced to grow up, financial fear, dealing with difficult family members and the search for a purpose and a place to belong when everything seems to be going wrong. Stags can revisit one of Universal Studios’ favorite families on Oct. 20 — and don’t forget about the minions!
On Nov. 10 “Dunkirk,” which was released in July and quickly took the spot of the fourth highest grossing film of the summer and the ninth of 2017, will be the Friday ‘flick.’ “Dunkirk” is a historical drama about the circumstances surrounding the World War II Battle of Dunkirk. The film provides the story of the battle through the perspectives of three characters who witnessed it from the land, the sea and the air respectively. The land segment is told by a young British private named Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) who is among those trying to evacuate from Dunkirk as the Germans slowly begin to overtake the armies. The sea is told by Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) who sails from Weymouth, England across the channel to Dunkirk in the hopes that he will be able to assist in the evacuation despite the enormous risk of his journey. Finally, the story from the air is from the point of view of Spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) who struggles in a failing plane to protect the evacuation ships. These three points of view are intermingled throughout the film in a manner that can be confusing, yet mirror the confusion no doubt felt by these men as they fought, sailed or flew for both their lives and the lives of their comrades.
Other films that will be played this semester are “Cars 3” on Sept. 22, which ranked as the sixth highest grossing summer film and is the final installment of the Disney Franchise and “Baby Driver” which will be shown on Oct. 13 and ranked seventh on the list of highest grossing summer films. Fairfield Flicks runs every Friday night at 10 p.m. in the Gonzaga Auditorium and the films played are selected through a mix of student surveys and past film attendance records, both of which indicate which genres are the most popular among the Stag population.