I’m back after a long, unanticipated absence. I’m sorry if you were looking forward to reading my thoughts on a certain film that I missed. But fortunately, I’m here now. 🙂
This week I attended the critic screening for Jason Bourne. I will tell you that I was never a huge fan of the other films in the series but I did find them entertaining. This new one though was extremely disappointing. The trailer, which you can watch here if you haven’t seen it already, really sells the movie as an action-packed thriller. This was not the case. The trailer also gives viewers the idea that all of our questions and concerns from the previous films will be addressed and answered. That was not the case either.
I think Matt Damon’s performance was weak, but I 95% attribute that to poor writing. The entire movie all I could focus on was the fact that everyone kept frantically walking around. The most exciting thing that happened was when Bourne decided to steal a baseball cap to cover his face when aggressively pacing instead of just keeping his head down. It was ridiculous. I felt like I was watching a spoof on YouTube about this genre of movies. I know it’s stereotypical of action films to have a rushed sense about them and what not, but Jason Bourne literally seemed to center around characters chasing after each other without actually taking off into a run. They just walked and walked and walked.
Next, I’m going to briefly touch on the noise. When you think of action films, especially the Bourne series with epic fight scenes, weapons, fast cars, etc. you probably think of loud noises. Well, this one was no different. Except like I said before, it felt like a parody. The sound effects were poorly placed and the movie was just so loud. I think this was especially problematic and annoying because there was barely any meaningful dialogue. Conversations are essential to break up the intensity of an action movie and Jason Bourne was seriously lacking in this department.
The only aspect of this movie that I genuinely enjoyed was Julia Stiles. She is always spot on in everything I’ve seen her in. She doesn’t over act and her brief combat scenes seemed more authentic than some of her female counterparts.
I say you go see this movie if you have that irritating obligation to see every movie in a film series when it comes out in theaters. If you can manage to sleep guilt free at night- skip it and wait for it to come out on DVD. Or just don’t watch it all. Go put on big headphones, blast random soundtracks, and watch people walk around. You’ll have pretty much the same experience.
I love you all and I can’t wait to get back to posting regularly!
Infinite x’s and o’s,
OVERALL GRADE: D+