I recently had a little free time before I returned to working full time again, so I decided to check out some of the latest summer flicks. The later in the summer you get, the weaker the summer blockbuster crop is. So it wasn’t too surprising that I wasn’t blown away by 2 of the 3 films. Here are my brief thoughts on each movie:
Total Recall & Bourne Legacy
Being a male in the 18-34 target audience, it might surprise some that it was these two which didn’t impress me too much. I didn’t hate either film, but was pretty underwhelmed by them. For the most part I thought the action scenes in Total Recall were well done, but I still feel it was an unnecessary remake. If I had to choose one to watch again, I’m going with the original Schwarzenegger version. Bryan Cranston was good in his role, but his character could have been fleshed out a lot better. The love story angle of Farrell’s and Biel’s characters was pretty pointless. Overall if it had better writing, pacing and character development, it could have been a really good sci-fi action film, instead of the just ok movie that it is.
On its own, the Bourne Legacy is ok, but compared to the original trilogy it’s severely lacking. The original Bourne movie had great action scenes, specifically some great one-on-one fights. The Bourne Legacy doesn’t have any one-on-one fights and only a couple action scenes (which are mostly chase sequences). While the plot wasn’t bad, it was just kind of boring at times. I liked Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, and it wouldn’t upset me if they continue the series, but please bring back the action. More fights and less chase scenes please.
I’d say both are worth a rental, but don’t rush out the cinemas for them.
It’s gonna upset me when that awful Adam Sandler vampire animated movie makes more money than ParaNorman. While I liked Pixar’s Brave, ParaNorman is definitely the best animated film of the year. Good story, great animation, some funny lines and sight gags, it hit the right emotional notes and overall just a fun movie. It’s a movie both kids and adults can enjoy, but I actually think adults will like it more than kids. There are some jokes here, especially one pretty bold line at the end of the movie, that will fly right over kids heads. The climax of the movie is just awesome. Not only is it my favorite animated movie of the year, overall it’s one of my favorite movies of the year so far.