I’ve been to a few movies recently that could all be described with the same word … disappointing.
It’s my own fault really. I see trailers, am easily impressed by casting, and get overly excited. My expectations get set to high and then … meh.
Instead of writing three separate reviews for these mediocre movies, I thought I’d simply write one combined. It’s not that they’re bad films, there’s just not enough good in them to fully recommend. They each have their moments, just few and far between.
The Dark Knight Rises
Calm down, I know lots of people who joygasmed all over this thing. I was a bit late to the party but still knew I had to go and see it. Batman isn’t my favorite superhero to begin with and the first two in this series didn’t leave me eagerly anticipating the third. The only reason to see the second one is Heath Ledger’s performance.
All directors have signatures and this is definitely a Christopher Nolan movie. It’s a dark tone, slow pacing, similar soundtrack, and the exact same cast of characters. I know what you’re thinking, it’s a trilogy, or course they’re the same. No, I mean swap Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway for Leo and Juno and this movie is “Inception” with a mask and cape.
“Dark Knight” is a well made movie, there’s no denying that, and everyone involved does a perfectly adequate job, I just didn’t like it. It was boring and I found myself just not really caring if he saved Gotham or not. And my indifference towards Christian Bale as an actor/person doesn’t help.
I waited over a month to finally see this and my reaction to it is exactly what I expected. It’s fine.
The Bourne Legacy
I loved the first Bourne movie! The two that followed were still good but didn’t recapture the energy the first one had. There was still action but lots more politics and talkity-talk when I just wanted to see him punchy-punch.
When word first came out that they were making another I was … leary. How was this going to work? No Matt Damon?! But … but … he IS Jason Bourne. Is it going to be like James Bond where different actors play the same character? Or is he going to play a new character? How many amnesiac killer spys are there? Who can you get to replace Matt Damon?
Oh, you cast Jeremy Renner. I do love me some Hawkeye, I’m in!
I bought into the new storyline and this new Aaron Cross character. The problem was that it was just way WAY too long. With a 135 minute runtime the first 90 minutes is all talkity-talk and blah-blah-blah. No! I want to see guns, and explosions, and people getting punched in the face! THAT is the true Bourne Legacy.
Again, cut out a half hour of the boring bits and leave the Renner with his shirt off scenes and you’ll have a much better film.
This is the one I was most upset by. There are three movies coming out this fall with similar ideas, “ParaNorman” is the first. (Followed by “Frankenweenie” and “Hotel Transylvania.”) The more trailers I saw for this the more excited I became. Big mistake.
It’s a cute movie with a few genuinely funny moments but this story about a tween who can talk to the dead just didn’t hold my interest.
I think the main problem was the makers of the film weren’t sure who to target. Are they making a movie for kids? Their older siblings? Or their parents?
They tried to include jokes for all three which just made everything disjointed. There were one or two hilarious nuggets of gold but for the most part they think a lot like a 5-year-old, if a joke is funny once the exact same joke will be funny the 8th, 9th, 20th time … in a row.
Also, the characters themselves were incredibly unlikable. Even the hero, Norman, I would have been thrilled to see eaten by a zombie so I wouldn’t have to listen to him whine anymore.
The best part was the animation style. While I usually don’t like claymation I found this really beautiful. And the end credits were done in a vintage horror movie poster style which looked awesome.
All in all it wasn’t a bad movie … it was ok, I guess.
- 5 Reasons Why Jeremy Renner Is Better For ‘bourne’ Than Matt Damon (contactmusic.com)
- Bourne by the Numbers: From THE BOURNE IDENTITY to THE BOURNE LEGACY (collider.com)
- ‘ParaNorman’ is a Visual Marvel of Squash and Stretch (Review) (popmatters.com)
- ‘ParaNorman’ review: Breathtaking visuals (sfgate.com)
- Dark Knight Rises review (lbcommuter.com)