Let's talk about the greatest summer movie of all time
Looking back at Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 30 years after its release
The greatest summer blockbuster of all time is—if we’re being completely honest—kind of a huge bummer.
But that’s all the more reason for me to love it.
Now, we may not see eye-to-eye on which move deserves that appellation. Perhaps you think the title belongs to Star Wars or Jaws. Maybe your vote goes to Independence Day or Ghostbusters, or you’re willing to stan for Batman or The Dark Knight. There’s roughly 82 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in contention, and an incredibly strong case can be made for Jurassic Park, one I would gladly listen to.
For me, though? The best summer movie of all time is Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Released on July 1st, 1991—30 years ago this week—the Arnold Schwarzenegger-helmed sequel to 1984’s Terminator is a dour, dark film, impossibly bleak in its sensibilities. Bridging the gap between still-fresh Cold War anxieties of nuclear annihilation and pre-millennial angst about technological oblivion, it offers a sobering view of humanity as seemingly funda…