Last week, wife and I thought about going to a movie. The only interesting one was for kids, so we decided to wait for the granddaughters to be here this week. This week, there are three movies for grownups.
I wonder whether Jeremy Renner can live up to Matt Damon in the new attempt to squeeze more money from Jason Bourne fans. I wonder whether Will Ferrell can put the fun back into political campaigns. And I wonder …
… why “Hope Springs” has a PG-13 rating and a note saying Parents Strongly Cautioned. Does anyone who has ever spent time around teenagers really think they’re remotely interested in thinking about Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones hoping anything will spring … anywhere? We’ve a 30-something daughter who has made it clear she really Doesn’t Want To Know.
Addendum: Since writing the foregoing, I’ve seen “Total Rekall,” a total check-your-brain 90-minute fight scene, and “Bourne Legacy,” which was definitely worth the price of admission-plus-popcorn.
(Of course, that last is a little redundant. What’s the point of going to a movie and not having popcorn?)
But the new “Bourne” flick picks up where the last Matt Damon story left off, which is to say approximately where Robert Ludlum left off when he completed the third book. It has story, and stars (Stacy Keach and Edward Norton, the latter who always seems to play an excellent villainous character, if not actual villain, and always at least on the edge of going over the edge.
If you’re not a Bourne fan, there isn’t much I can say. If you are a Bourne fan, this one will keep you entertained. The people seem real, and the science really is being thought of. For more, you’ll have to see the movie.