Todays show sees the release of Nemo sequel Finding Dory, and the 5th installment in the Bourne franchise, with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon returning, Jason Bourne.
Finding Dory, sequel to a film that formed the basis of my love of cinema, takes place one year after the events of Nemo and sees Dory having an identity crisis as she remembers her parents, and together with Marlin and Nemo, set off to california where they find an aquatic rescue center.
Dory is wonderful, full of love for the original, the Dory story stands on its own two feet, and progresses characters that many (including me) thought couldnt be progressed. Dory always strives to be original, with a whole host of new characters, many of which are just as fun, creative and clever as the original. Its funny, not the funniest film i’ve ever seen, but definitely more than i have at some “comedies”. It also has heart, and i was an emotional wreck by the end.
The only criticism i have is that its not the groundbreaking event that the original was, but as a sequel to a film that made many of our childhoods, Finding Dory does a damn good. Recommended for everyone. (Stay through the credits)
Back with Bourne, Jason Bourne sees a return to the classic style of the original trilogy, with awful camera holding, fast, brutal fights and a strong silent lead. This one sees Bourne being pulled back in to the fold by Niccy (Julia Stiles) where he makes further discoveries about Treadstone and the CIA.
Somehow JB falls flat on its face. The biggest issue is that its a film that is trying to show us that there’s more to this story, but there really isnt. The plot is uninteresting, and barely there, the action scenes, though cleary Bourne, are not tense, and there is no anticipation in the proceedings. In an attempt to modernise, JB introduces a subplot surrounding internet privacy, which occasionally works in the films favour but isnt compelling.
The best part of JB is the new additions, Alicia Vikander (who i have an obligation to say i have met ;)) is terrific, and carries most of the film, Tommy Lee Jones does a good job as the steely faced CIA director, and Vincent Cassel puts a good performance to a boring character.
The aspects of JB that i like do work really well, but its not enough, and though this is a good action film, its not a good Bourne film.
News and Trailers
This week we had a Comic Con special, so i will make another post with all of the trailers from SDCC. However i am on holiday for the next two weeks, so this may be a little later on.
Also, as I am on holiday, there will be no Film Review for 2 weeks (THE HORROR!!!), In those weeks these major films will be released:
- Suicide Squad – DC superhero film about a team of villains forced to work for the US government
- Sid and Nancy – Re-release of the modern classic, about Sid Vicious, bassist of the sex pistols
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Comedy about two guys forced to get married (doesnt look great)
- Nerve – Thriller about an online game of dare
- Pete’s Dragon – Reboot of the Disney Tale
- The Shallows – A surfer is stranded on a rock, which is being circle by a giant shark
Hear my full reviews on Between The Lines, Saturdays at midday. (In 2 weeks)
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Whats that, is that a full show? Which you can listen to whenever you want? Amazing!