The Most Empowering Movies Of Summer 2017 Are Ones You Won't Want To Miss
The best part about summer is not, as some might argue, the sunny days, the beach trips, or the long hikes through blossoming green forests. It's ignoring all of that exhausting stuff and going to the movies, where there is air conditioning and sometimes spaceships. And many other moviegoers would agree, which is why summer blockbuster movies are such a thing. People love big budget action movies during this season, but summer offerings can be so much more than that. As a smart young woman, I often look for something a little different. And fortunately, there are plenty of empowering movies coming out in summer 2017.
These films are sometimes cool indie alternatives to the big budget action or comedy, following offbeat characters with big dreams or examining unique relationships among people who aren't always represented in movies. Other times they really are the big, exciting action movies and comedies, but with awesome woman directors, writers, or stars that bring out fresh perspectives in these genres and tell stories in exciting new ways. Regardless, all the movies below have grabbed my attention by standing out from the crowd and celebrating the many different types of experiences that people can have in this world.
1'Paris Can Wait' (May 12)
Alright, yes, May 12 is still firmly considered the spring. But I'm making a giant, well-deserved exception in honor of Eleanor Coppola's feature film directorial debut, at the age of 80. If that's not inspiring to women (and generally to creative people everywhere who always feel like they're behind in life), I don't know what is. And on top of Coppola's awesome accomplishment, the plot of Paris Can Wait itself is empowering to boot: Diane Lane's character takes charge of her life and goes on a European adventure, leaving her inattentive husband behind.
2'Wonder Woman' (Jun. 2)
June 2 is also, technically, spring. But I mean, tell that to global warming, you know? I think we all know Wonder Woman is going to be a blockbuster all throughout summer, and it's past time to be empowered by incredible Amazonian super hero, Diana Prince; the actor playing her, Gal Gadot; and the director bringing it all to life, Patty Jenkins.
3'Rough Night' (Jun. 16)
Ilana Glazer, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Kate McKinnon being hilarious and amazing a bachelorette party gone wrong. What's not to love?