Summer blockbusters tend to be big, expensive, and full to the brim with major stars that get audiences flocking to the cinema, even a rare appearance of the Sun on British land may not stop a cinematic juggernaut.
Nowadays blockbusters are made up of the tenth film of the franchise, and the odd original film (which risks the chance of financial failure) which is a shame.
Why not start with the film that has been credited with inventing the summer blockbuster? Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, with Star Wars (in 1977) also lending a helping hand, practically invented the big summer movie. Released in the Summer of 1975, Spielberg’s thriller got bums on seats and generations of people too scared to ever dip a toe in the water. By 1977, Jaws made over 400m in ticket sales and rentals.
Sometimes summer blockbusters are so expensive, they are almost doomed to failure. This was almost a fate that befalled Kevin Costner’s Waterworld. Back when Kevin Costner’s ego was the size of the landmass of Russia, he produced, ghost directed and starred in this big, bloated mess. Still, it’s not a bad film and gets an unfair reputation.
How good can a film based on a theme park ride actually be? Pretty good it turns out. Obviously, some artistic licence was taken because the theme park itself would make a pretty shallow storyline if it was not for the ghost pirates, drunk central hero, and a pair of wooden romantic leads. The good thing about a good summer blockbuster is their re-watchability, and there are very few films more rewatchable than Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.