It’s that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It’s The Day New Movies Are Released.
The Bourne Legacy
I don’t care what you say – this film is going to be real and genuine and honest and true. It will live a full, dynamic life filled with inspired, honest and true moments. It will rise to the African sun and the sounds of elephants and dine with bulls in Pamplona on its way to Paris.
In other words – it’s got frickin’ Hemingway in it, so it can’t be bad, right?!?
So, what was I talking about? Right, the fourth Bourne film.
I am, like most people, not generally a fan of star switcheroos (or fourth films in a franchise, ahem!). There’s just not a great track record even when people like, I don’t know, Harrison Ford are attached, much less downgrades from Matt Damon to Jeremy Renner (albeit a minor downgrade). On top of all that, writer/director Tony Gilroy was trashed (?) in the media some months ago as having turned in some kind of an embarrassing screenplay for this film that former Bourne star Damon called “a career-ender.” Harsh words, and curious ones considering Gilroy’s track record as a writer and director.
What I love about this film (so far as I can tell/have heard) is that is chose not to shy away from the lack of Damon/Jason Bourne, but to tackle the issue head-on (apply directly to the forehead…Head-On!). As if they’re coming out and saying, “Yeah, Damon’s gone…so what? We’re still making a kick-ass film!”
Obviously, I don’t know yet if that’s true, but their swagger and moderately-impressive trailer(s) and cast have me much more interested than I was at the onset of this mission.
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 79%
But it isn’t. I wonder how much a director plays a role in the success or failure of a comedy (shouldn’t the script and/or the charisma of the star(s) play the biggest role there?), but I can’t help but look at the name Jay Roach and think that he is perhaps the reason why the buzz on this isn’t so good. Sure, he made the Austin Powers films, but in Hollywood years, that was eons ago. Since then? The first two in the Meet the Parents franchise (only seen the first, not that big a fan), the horrible Dinner for Schmucks, and not much else.
Aside from that, I will see this eventually. Ferrell’s track record is pretty great, and I find that even his films that I don’t enjoy all that much the first time around (Anchorman, Step Brothers) come around for me. As for Beardo (who is sans beard here), I’d prefer if the roles were switched, if only so he didn’t appear to be playing the same fey, creepy, bizarre character he’s been playing for the past few years. He could just as easily pull off the blustering idiot, and I’d like to see that.
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 33%
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 1%
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If you never saw Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris, do yourself a favor and watch it soon. It’s a raw look at a rawer family, and is hilarious in a Curb Your Enthusiasm-y uncomfortable way, anchored by Delpy and her at-the-time real-life boyfriend Adam Goldberg (at his funniest) and with an assist from Delpy’s parents, playing…her parents.
Five years later, the sequel, 2 Days in New York arrives, this time sans Goldberg (boo), but with a new boyfriend for Delpy’s family to torment: Chris…Rock…?!? I would have been interested in her sequel regardless of who was in it, but the thought of Delpy and Rock as a couple would have been intriguing enough a setup to pique my interest no matter what the film was.
Sidenote: if the ___, I Love You people come out with London, I Love You and Delpy comes out with 2 Days in London a few years later, I’m going to seriously suspect her of quasi-travel-related movie thievery.
In a truly odd bit of serendipity, and speaking of famous New Yorkers, another quasi-sequel comes out this week: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer. Its ties to Do the Right Thing should be enough for any film fan to be interested (not to mention Lee’s solid track record), but I can’t say that I’m all that enthused for it. To be fair, though, I haven’t heard much at all about it, though it’s current 4.3/10 rating on IMDb isn’t helping matters.