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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Collateral Beauty

Now this was a film I was super excited about way back when the first set pictures were released with Will Smith and Helen Mirren, I was just giddy and intrigued to see another dramatic film with Smith and the incredible cast… However, I saw the trailer, and I wasn’t impressed, in fact I was underwhelmed. And then, when I found out the actual premise of the film online and how it was different from what the trailers was selling you, I was quite annoyed. So I felt like I was going to skip the film after the mixed reception I saw from the US release, but I thought “Screw it, let’s give it a shot.”

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.” Now I heard this film was either underwhelming or just downright bad (especially from what I’ve recently read online), so I expected the worst, but I walked out of the film liking it more than I expected. I feel like this film had some interesting elements with the story and characters, but the execution was messy and questionable. Mourning the death of a loved one is something we all deal with in different ways, some harder than others, and I felt for Howard played by Will Smith, and could understand the difficult situation that he put his co-workers/friends in. However what Whit (Edward Norton), Claire (Kate Winslet) and Simon (Michael Peña) do in this film to their supposed friend is some of the most crafty and terrible things you could do to someone who is grieving. I would have liked more a focus on Howard and less on his coworkers lives because I feel like they took the focus away from Howard which was the most interesting part of the film. At several points I questioned the moral and ethical integrity of the people in this film, and while the film tries to present both sides of the argument for why certain plot elements transpire in the way that they do, and some people do present some logic as to how and why what these people are doing to Howard is wrong, its like the characters just give in and you as the audience still don’t buy into it because at the end of the day what Howard and his coworkers did was still wrong. I feel like the performances from the cast ranged from good to questionable, I liked Kate Winslet as Claire and Michael Peña as Simon I tought was good with the dramatic material, Edward Norton had some bad material to work with as Whit, while Keira Knightley as Aimee/”Love”, Jacob Latimore as Raffi/”Time” and Helen Mirren as Brigitte/”Death” did fare better in their roles though Knightley had some questionable scenes too. The best material comes from Will Smith as Howard, Smith delivers a performance that mainly relies on his physicality, facial expressions and little dialogue, but he was really good and his dramatic chops were put to good use in my opinion. And finally Naomie Harris as Madeleine was also quite good, I predicted how she would factor in the film early on, but she was one of the better actors in this film and her scenes were quite engaging. In conclusion Collateral Beauty was not the train wreck I expected and there were small moments of drama and emotional material that worked for me, but is a film that was predictable, had too many convenient moments and feels morally and ethically wrong with a conclusion that doesn’t feel entirely earned, but I didn’t hate the film so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

So have you seen Collateral Beauty and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts on the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sausage Party

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be briefly talking about Sausage Party. Now I was always curious about the film from the time of its announcement to the start of the marketing, and while the trailers didn’t blow me away, as a fan of animation I had to give it a watch.

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The plot for the film can be summed up as the following: “The film is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.” The interesting thing about the story was that there was much more to it than the trailers let on (well done marketing team), there’s was a lot of inventive, smart and layered elements that went into the story and it was fairly captivating for the most part. Though I will admit the humour was a bit hit and miss for me and the overly sexual nature of the film was a bit much times, and there’s one moment towards the end that kind of ruined the immersion of the film (Those of you who have seen the latter half of the The Lego Movie should pick up on what I’m on about). But for all the stuff that I didn’t love, there was a lot of stuff to appreciate like the film references, and visual presentation which was incredible with the impressive and varied character design, animation and cinematography. Oh and the use of music and overall film score was good too. And finally the voice cast was pretty solid too with Seth Rogen and a lot of his familiar acting people surrounding him once again. Everyone did a good job in their roles but I’ll just highlight certain people: Seth Rogen as Frank was pretty cool, he was interesting and well-rounded character and I appreciated how Rogen was more of a character than his usual self. I also really liked Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson, she was sassy, direct and had some good lines too. Michael Cera surprised as Barry (because oft he voice), he was a character I didn’t think I’d like and ended up being one of my favourites.Jonah Hill who I recognised straight away was great as Carl, while Nick Kroll was also good as Douche, and Salma Hayek was another instantly recognisable voice as Teresa del Taco who was another memorable character with a lot of passion charisma. I also loved Edward Norton as the Woody Allen-esque bagel Sammy Bagel Jr., Norton really surprised with his voice work and Sammy was a really likeable dude. And David Krumholtz was also funny too as Kareem Abdul Lavash with his beef with Sammy Bagel. Other actors worth noting were Bill Hader, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Paul Rudd.The strange thing about Sausage Party is that it turned out being the exact film I thought it’d be with the over-the-top and crude humour full of your standard set of sex, drugs and violent-related humour that comes with a R/15 rated US comedy, but at the same time it was incredibly creative, fun, silly, stupid, well-thought out and entertaining. At the end of the day this is one of those films you’ll either love or hate, but I enjoyed it more than I expected and I’d say its worth a watch. 🙂

So that was my review, have you seen Sausage Party and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another new film review and this one comes in the form of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now I’ve only watched two Wes Anderson films in the past and they were Fantastic Mr. Fox (really good) and more recently Moonrise Kingdom (brilliant), so I was really intrigued to see what this man was gonna do next and when I saw the trailers I thought it looked amazing. So after watching it today how do I think the film fared? Well read on and find out.

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Story:

“GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”

The tale of this film is pretty interesting as it takes a non-liner approach and jumps between the present and the past where the primary meat of the film takes place. The themes in this film involves friendship, trust, love and vengeance among other things, it is all very entertaining, humourous and bizarre but never does it feel uninteresting thanks to some good pacing and energetic nature. The film doesn’t quite reach the emotional or funny levels of Moonrise Kingdom, but it really is good.

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When it comes to the cast the film is just filled to the maximum with talent left right and center and while not everyone gets a great deal of screen time, it is just nice to see their faces.

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave H. is simply brilliant, he brings his natural charisma, charm and a lot of passion to the roll. Gustave H. has very high standards and expects nothing less of perfection, Fiennes is a man who can do no wrong in my eyes. Tony Revolori is great as Zero Moustafa, I really liked his moments of humour and he seemed to handle his scenes really well considering the more expressed cast around him. Adrien Brody as Dmitri is great, it is not that often when Brody takes on a more villainous role, but he looks amazing and has some really funny moments. Willem Dafoe has to be my favourite character as J.G. Jopling, the dude constantly looks moody and dodgy as hell, is so questionable and dangerous and I love Dafoe’s expression throughout the film. Jeff Goldblum is a nother great actor as Deputy Kovacs, I love the way this man spoke, he was smart, sophisticated, calm and innocent, but because it was Goldblum it is awesome.

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Saoirse Ronan is charming and pretty as Agatha and Tilda Swinton is just unrecognizable as Madame D., her dialogue Mathieu Amalric is good as Serge X., he was pretty good but I couldn’t remember his face for the life of me until I checked him out on IMDB and saw that he was that funny villain from Quantum of Solace. Jason Schwartzman continues to be really interesting as M. Jean, the guy is very lazy, but also very funny and it just the little things like his mannerisms that make me smile. Bill Murray as M. Ivan I was hoping to see a lot more of but he was still pretty cool. Other people that were good were Jude Law as Young Writer, F. Murray Abraham as Mr. Moustafa, Edward Norton as Inspector Henckels, Léa Seydoux as Clotilde, Owen Wilson as M. Chuck and Bob Balaban as M. Martin.

As for the presentation it is very good on both the visual and audio front. Visually just like Anderson’s other films it is one of the film’s best aspects. There is some interesting, dynamic and unconventional camera shots and sequences used with very close camera shots, tracking shots and the use of green screen and CGI that make the film so much more fictional than real, but strangely it still works. At points watching this film was like watching a live action version of Looney Tunes which was totally hilarious and nostalgic. The soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat is another highlight of the film as it fits with the random nature of the film having various songs for different scenarios.

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In conclusion The Grand Budapest Hotel is very good film full of charm, wit and touching moments sprinkled all over. While this isn’t my favourite Wes Anderson film, I definitely had a good time with it and I can easily recommend it because it is one of best films of the year so far.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of The Grand Budapest Hotel? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Moonrise Kingdom Review

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, it is time for film review. Now back in 2012, Moonrise Kingdom came out and I thought the trailer looked awesome. Unfortunately I missed it in the cinema and it pissed me off because I heard it was really good. So since I had some free time today I decided to watch it and after seeing it until just around an hour ago I have to say I’m annoyed I didn’t see it sooner because the film is awesome.

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So the story centers around two socially awkward, but very smart children, Sam Shakusky a boy in scouts and Suzy Bishop, a girl who lives with her family but usually keeps to herself. After their initial meeting, the kids become pen pals and write letters to each other, eventually decide to run away together because of their growing feelings for each other. It doesn’t take long for the adults to realise that the children are missing, so the police, along with the scout master and his cubs and Suzy’s parents go on the hunt to retrieve them.

The story in this film was nothing short of amazing, it was beautiful, kind of crazy, quite sweet, but also very funny. What I got from this film was a tale of young love in the most unconventional way, the whole relationship between Sam and Suzy was different and yet very relatable too. The film feels a bit crazy at times with some of the most random things happening to some people, but for some reason rather than question it, you sort of accept it and it sort of just fits in with the rest of the tone of the film. I think the film succeeds mainly due to the script, it’s very well-written and the dialogue is great. Some of the lines that some of these characters come out with range from humourous to quite touching to being a little unexpected. In the end I have found a film that has made me smile this much in a while.

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As for the cast they were amazing, simply loved every one of them. Let’s start with the two leads, Jared Gilman as Sam Shakusky and Kara Hayward as Suzy Bishop, they were amazing. For newcomers they are really good, they both have great presence and have amazing chemistry together. Both of them are pretty similar in terms of character with their very tame and dead pan delivery of their dialogue, but they’re really cute and I can see them growing up to be good actors in the future.

Bruce Willis as Captain Duffy Sharp was also great, this is one of my favourite roles I’ve seen him in for a while, I like him because he’s righteous, authoritative, but also awkward too and not so serious. I think my favourite of the adults would be Edward Norton as Scout Master Randy Ward. He was just adorable, Randy was a scout master who looked like a person in charge but let little things get by him and occasionally lost control of his troop. And it was in those venerable moments which made you feel sorry for the guy, you knew he was kind of useless but due to the situation he couldn’t help what was happening.

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Bill Murray was great as Walt Bishop, I think it was Murray playing himself, but whatever it was he was great and his humour whether it was verbal or physical was great. Frances McDormand as Laura Bishop was also good too, she was very secretive person with a lot of nice and dramatic moments. Tilda Swinton as Social Services was incredible, she had such a great and commanding screen presence and I loved her tone and conviction while being so mean to some of the other characters. Jason Schwartzman as Cousin Ben was another good performance, it seems like every new film I see Schwartzman in, I see a new side of his acting abilities that I didn’t know existed. Bob Balaban as Narrator was amazing, I loved it anytime he was on-screen, his timing of dialogue was great and I thought he was really funny in every scene he was in.

When it comes to the presentation it is great. I love the way this film is shot, it constantly feels like you’re always inside the film with the characters, especially when the characters are so close to the camera or when the narrator is talking to you. The soundtrack was amazing, besides the great music selection, the music score by Alexandre Desplat was very good with a pretty upbeat and kid-friendly.

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In conclusion Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most delightful films I have seen in recent memory, I really wish I had seen this in 2012 because I’m pretty sure it would have jumped into my top ten films of that year. It is funny, adorable and just a feel-good film. If you couldn’t tell already I really liked this film and I highly recommend it!

Rating: 8.5/10 (Such a good film about young love)

So have you seen Moonrise Kingdom and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: The Incredible Hulk

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #19 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Okay now that we’ve talked about the filth that is Hulk, now we get to talk about the much better Hulk film that came out in 2008, The Incredible Hulk.

Alrighty then, time to talk about a much better Hulk film. I remember seeing this film in 2008 and thought it was okay, better than Ang Lee’s one but not anything to talk about when compared to Iron Man a month prior. In the years since the film’s release I’ve watched this film and it hasn’t really gotten any better. so here we are in 2013 watching it again for the sake of my superhero film reviews, so let’s dive in once again!

In this film the plot involves Bruce Banner as he becomes the Hulk as an unwitting pawn in a military scheme to reinvigorate the super soldier program through gamma radiation. On the run, he attempts to cure himself of the Hulk before he is captured by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, but his worst fears are realized when power-hungry soldier Emil Blonsky becomes a similar but more bestial creature. And lastly there’s Betty Ross, Banner’s love interest and General Ross’ daughter who gets stuck in the middle of all this chaos.

The story was pretty decent for the most part. I was glad that this film decided to created a new story rather than connect itself to the previous film. I liked how this story was pretty straightforward and not overly layered and full of pointless plot lines (like the 2003 film). There were also a lot of references to the 1970’s TV show that I worked well and was interconnected with the comics too. The pacing in the film is a bit questionable going from swift to very slow at points especially when it came to the love scenes, and speaking of those scenes… I have to say I wasn’t too keen on the relationship between Bruce and Betty, I didn’t believe the connection between them and felt like the dialogue could have been better to develop them.

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Now let’s talk about the cast starting with Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Ed Norton was a great choice for Banner, Norton looks the part and was definitely better portraying the character’s issues with his inner demons and longing for Betty Ross. Norton also seemed smarter and much more active than Eric Bana’s interpretation. And also I loved how Lou Ferrigno returned to voice Hulk in this film, he has a great voice for the character and I liked his contribution to this film. Then there’s Liv Tyler as Betty Ross. Firstly I have to say that I am a massive admirer of Liv Tyler, she is gorgeous and so pretty, so having her as Betty Ross was an automatic win. Tyler was pretty good as Betty and that’s all I have to say on the matter.

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Now let’s talk about Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination. Roth is a good actor and while he did a decent job in this film, I wasn’t keen on how arrogant and power-hungry he was. I also didn’t like the treatment of Blonsky’s character, he was very plain and generic and I hated how he got powers before actually becoming the Abomination, it felt illogical. And there’s William Hurt as General “Thunderbolt” Ross, Sam Elliot was pretty good in the last film, though Hurt was about on the same level as Elliot, but I preferred the look of Hurt in this film. Tim Blake Nelson also played the scientist Samuel Sterns, he was kind of annoying and overly excited about Bruce and his powers and I felt like it was a waste of a good comic book character. And the cameo from Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark at the end of the film was greatly appreciated.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually this film is pretty good and creates a much darker and moodier atmosphere with its use of colour, lighting and more horror-based references. The action scenes and sequences in this film, while not as over-the-top as Hulk, are much more impressive sporting a lot better CGI, camera angles and realism. I also want to highlight the fact that this Hulk looks WAY BETTER in this film than he did before. 2003’s Hulk was a fat blob who was in no way scary or intimidating, in this film Hulk is beastly, he’s ripped, all muscle and he looks like a force of nature that you should be afraid of. This film also had much better animation and sound effects. When the Hulk, military or Abomination jump, hit, crash and smash, it actually sounds and feels realistic, unlike that crappy film before that had so many issues with the impact of its sound effects and having decent animated action scenes. As for the soundtrack by. Craig Armstrong is nice. I liked it, there was definitely a better sense of urgency and drama going on with this soundtrack and while it lacked the diversity of Danny Elfman’s score in the previous film, this film has a better overall tone.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? As I said before I’ve only read bits and bobs of Hulk comics, but I feel like this film done a better job of creating some of the elements that would make a good live action Hulk film. The Hulk character was improved a great deal, there was also the inclusion of the characters Abomination, Doc Samson and Samuel Sterns. The main issue I found with this film is the treatment of the Abomination. His character not only looks completely different and ugly, but his origins are completely altered too.

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So to conclude The Incredible Hulk is a decent film and is a HELL of a lot better than the 2003 film. The problem is that this film is just not incredible, it’s just adequate. This film lacks the proper pull that can be found in Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. The film has a good cast and good action scenes, but the story is just not there, the villain is lame and the action for all of its merits does get a little boring towards the end. This is not The Incredible Hulk, this is The Adequate Hulk.

Rating: 6/10 (Good, but by no means incredible)

So there’s my review people, only 11 more to go. So have you seen The Incredible Hulk and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Bourne Legacy Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be of the fourth instalment in of the Bourne film series; The Bourne Legacy.

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Now before this film came out, I had massive reservations about it. I loved the first three Bourne films, though The Bourne Legacy was going to be the first Bourne film without Jason Bourne in it and that bugged me. But what bugged me even more was the fact that there was even another film in the series after the trilogy ended. But slowly the trailers started to gain my interest, so I went to see the film the other day and The Bourne Legacy wasn’t half bad at all, though nowhere near as good as the previous Bourne films, fact.

When it comes to story it goes a little something like this:

“When a plan is put into motion by a top-secret government program to wipe out all the genetically modified killers it created, one such operative must flee in order to save his life.”

The story overall really wasn’t all that strong, complex or as interesting as the previous films. What was so good about the previous Bourne films was the balance between great storytelling and action. With the previous Bourne films there was a great story to be told with the mystery of Jason Bourne’s character, he wanted answers and as the audience you wanted to see him get those answers. There was a lot drama, emotion, conspiracy, lies and deceit and loads of well-choreographed and smart action. In The Bourne Legacy you never feel properly invested in the story, at first it really drags and plods along and inserts segments from the previous films just to remind you that you’re watching a Bourne film. And while its nice that they tried tie this film with the others, I kind of found it distracting and I just wanted this film to tell its own story. Eventually the film actually picks up and starts to get interesting when Aaron Cross and Dr. Marta Shearing start to dominate the screen. The film is at it’s best when these two characters are involved, other than that everything is sort of average, nothing special.

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The cast of this film is actually pretty good, but their characters are pretty lame and forgettable bar Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross was pretty good, at first I was trying to see why I should like his character but once he get got interacting with other characters I saw why. He was likeable, funny and tough. He went through the film trying to get answers and beating guys up in stylish ways (basically doing what Matt Damon did before). Renner handled his combat scenes well, though I expected nothing less from Hawkeye from The Avengers! Though when you compare his story and situation to Jason Bourne, he doesn’t come close to the complex and dramatic tales that Matt Damon endured in the previous three films. Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing was pretty good as well, seeing her character try to adjust to all of the crazy scenarios happening and have to put her trust in Aaron was interesting. Her and Renner had some great screen time together and while Weisz’s American accent was okay, throughout the film her British accent was breaking though and to be honest I would have prefered her natural accent. Everyone else in the film was good, but they weren’t really all that interesting. Every new face that entered the film just weren’t that interested. Most of them made the plot feel cluttered and unlike the other Bourne films where every character felt relevant or linked to the main story, in Legacy everyone who wasn’t Aaron or Marta just felt dull.

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When it comes to the presentation of the film it is pretty good. The action scenes and sequences are interesting, inventive and nicely choreographed, though none of them ever reach that fever-pitch that the previous Bourne films do, plus a lot of good fight scenes or chase sequences were in the trailers so when you watch the film there isn’t much left to surprise you. The soundtrack by James Newton Howard isn’t as good or as memorable as the previous soundtracks done by John Powell, while Howard borrows a few musical cues from the other films, his music here never quite has that dramatic or emotional sound.

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In conclusion The Bourne Legacy is a good film, but in my opinion it is nowhere near as intriguing, dramatic or cool as the original Bourne trilogy. I hate to keep comparing, but its hard when the other Bourne films were so good and then you come to this film hoping for more of the same only to be disappointed. That isn’t to say that this film isn’t without its merits; Jeremy Renner is a great leading man, the action and level of conspiracy is nice and this story, once it finds its feet is pretty interesting. Go out and watch The Bourne Legacy, it’s a nice summer film, just don’t expect anything as great as the Jason Bourne adventures.

Rating: 7

Well that’s been my review ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you enjoyed and drop me a comment, let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: The Bourne Legacy

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another instalment of Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 and today’s film may surprise some of you as it the upcoming fourth instalment in the Bourne film series; The Bourne Legacy.

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Now if you’re like me and you’ve seen The Bourne Trilogy with Matt Damon then you know how brilliant those films are and the significance that they hold. While the films don’t revolutionize the world of cinema or anything like that, The Bourne Trilogy is well-made, perfectly executed and one of the most consistent trilogies in recent years along with the Toy Story and The Lord of the Rings. This trilogy first started in 2002 with The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man found in a critical condition with no memory of his past. After he is nursed to health he starts to patch things together and then goes on a mission to find his past, also add into the mix that he’s being hunted by assassins and the involvement of the CIA and you have a lot on your plate. Luckily Jason Bourne is up for the challenge. The Bourne Identity is one of those wonderful films that impresses you from start to finish, it’s not one of those thriller type of movies just for the sake of it. This film has all the codes and conventions of a great thriller film, it’s smart, with a well though out and thought-provoking story, it’s also action-packed and has characters you can get invested in and care about. Doug Liman did a fine job as the director, Matt Damon was awesome in the film and it was well-received by critics and the public audience.

And with the success of the first film, the Bourne series continued with the next two titles in the series; The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), now both under the direction of Paul Greengrass. The next two Bourne films continued Jason Bourne story as he continued to search for answers to his past and dive deeper into the business with the CIA and Treadstone. Just like Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum continue to impress and go from strength to strength developing the characters and creating a very interesting story full of a web of conspiracy, lies and deceit. And besides some issues with the “shaky camera” work from certain scenes The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum were well-received, commercially successful and The Bourne Ultimatum even won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing at the 80th Academy Awards. After this point the Bourne series had established itself as a pretty successful film trilogy.

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A solid trilogy… There was no need for a fourth film. Darn money-hungry film studios.

The films are partially based on a series of books by Robert Ludlum, and while I have never read the books personally I’ve heard they are pretty good. Now embarrassingly I didn’t get around to watching any of these films until around 2009 to 2010 I think, I’d always heard of them but had never really been interested. But after being in a media class and watching a number of thriller films I gave these films a watch and I fell in love with them. The current Bourne Trilogy is one of my favourite trilogies ever, it was perfect, consistent and fine the way it was. I could watch those films over and over for an eternity…

So imagine my frustration and to find that there was potentially going to be another film.

I am a firm believer that most film series should never go beyond a third film unless there really is a need for it like if the third film sucked or if there is much more story to divulge. The Bourne Trilogy was solid, there really wasn’t a need for another film. Sure there were still some questions left unanswered still leaving the door open for more material but I feel the series ended with enough closure. So in 2008 it was reported that Paul Greengrass was going to direct again and Matt Damon was going to play Jason Bourne again. Then in 2009 Greengrass pulled out as director and then in 2010 Damon pulled out stating that he wouldn’t make another Bourne film without Greengrass and also said that the next film for him wouldn’t be made for 5 years. At that point it seemed like Bourne was going to be left alone, well at least that’s what I had hoped. It was announced by the writer and new director Tony Gilroy that the new film would be going ahead under the name The Bourne Legacy. His words on the justification of this new film’s existence caught my eye though, check it out:

“This is not a reboot, it’s a whole new chapter. The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for The Bourne Legacy, and everyone who got into them will be rewarded for paying attention. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy. We’re going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas… The world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s reappearance somewhere down the road.”

So basically this film would be building around the world that the first three films were set in? Hmmmm. While it was a smart way to stay connected to the previous films I was still wary. But I don’t think it was until 2011 when Jeremy Renner was announced as the new title character of the Bourne series. Right there and then I think many people on the internet became unhappy with the choice. I mean no offence to the guy, he’s a good actor and I know he can do action and thriller-based work from what I saw in The Town, but stepping into the world of Bourne just didn’t fit for a lot of us. I guess we were all too attached to Matt Damon. But then who wouldn’t be? Filming also started in 2011 and then Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton were cast and I was like “What? Really? Okay I’m a little more interested now.” Firstly Rachel Weisz is not only a great actress but she’s hot as hell and Edward Norton is great actor too full of talent, so if this film could attract them then this film might be worth checking out.

But my interest wasn’t properly caught until this short trailer came out in February:

I saw this trailer and I had to actually watch it twice, it was nicely stylized, had the same sort of tone from the previous films and it showcased Jeremy Renner basically doing what Matt Damon did before; basically going to get answers and beating guys up in stylish ways. But obviously in a totally different environment and under different circumstances. Renner certainly looked combat-ready and able to handle himself. However I can’t help but think that this film shouldn’t exist or that it won’t compare to the previous titles. I know that’s close-minded, but it’s only because of my opinions on film series’ being overstretched. I am really interested in The Bourne Legacy just to see what Jeremy Renner and crew do with this one, whether it’ll be compared the previous films and stand on its own or whether it’ll fail. I guess we’ll just have to wait until August to find out. Either way, this summer has just gotten hotter with another interesting summer movie.

 
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