The Weekend Pregame: August 10
By Marielle –
The Bourne Legacy -
I understand it’s easier and more profitable to continue an already established franchise, but it’s unfortunate that Jeremy Renner is just taking over for Matt Damon who probably didn’t see a need for a fourth installment. Renner deserves his own cool, original action series. But, maybe not Hawkeye*.
“Watch me shoot arrows faster than I’m being shot at by machine guns, somehow, everyone!”
The Bourne series have been well-respected and smart action flicks, and Renner is an accomplished actor skilled with intensity and athletic stamina. He also seems small and like he will be able to make lots daring crawl-space-related getaways!
Fourth installment money-milkings rarely blow us away, and it generally seems like they hit the reset button and chose a new avatar. But, it also looks pretty bitchin’. Can’t argue with that.
The Campaign -
Can you go wrong with two comedy giants? Will Ferrell has a long career of hilarious performances (even if not in great or good movies) and Zach Galifianakis’s exposure thankfully exploded after The Hangover (and he was, believe it or not, extremely amusing even before that mainstream bro-out). But, I didn’t need to tell you that.
Because you know and love them, they can make weak lines quotable for years, and otherwise mediocre movies re-watchable every new year’s day while you eat your hair-of-the-dog breakfast special of Count Chocula and Baileys.
Breakfast of *chhhaaaaallllllllaaaaarrrrffffff* -ians.
I still laugh at Ferrell even though I’m tired and unimpressed by him playing the same character in every comedy movie. I guess that’s talent.
Not a great trailer (Two baby jokes? Yo’ mama insults? Effeminate accent? Where’s the Jesus-being-wacky reference?) But, these guys could read the dictionary and illicit giggles.
Hope Springs -
I haven’t heard of this nor seen the trailer, so it’s time to play ‘Guess the Plot Based On the Schmaltzy Movie Title!’
Hope always dreamed about living in The Big Apple performing on Broadway. Now, she’s landed an audition for the lead role in Shrill Divas! The Musical! But what she didn’t anticipate was slowly falling for the devilishly handsome director whom she initially hated for literally no reason. Also, she’s from a town called Little Springs or something, and they get married.
Eww! Old people DOIN’ IT!
I’m sorry, but a movie about an old married couple trying to rekindle their love looks less appealing than chewing on a Country Feelings™ scented candle.
Nitro Circus 3D -
I was really hoping this was going to be Circus Animals vs. Performers in a FLAME THROWER BATTLE ROYALE for control over the Big Puffy Clown Pants Circus. I, obviously, would have been rooting for the animals because I think they would take the BPCPC in fabulous creative directions and always make sure the poop situation is properly maintained.
Unfortunately, it’s just a bunch of Red Bull-fueled Jackass wannabes. I realize one of the creators is Johnny Knoxville, but that changes nothing.
A great example of a movie that will be pretty fun with several beers in your queue.
*I accidentally wrote “Hawkman” which tells you how much time they dedicated to that guy.