Here are a couple of concise reviews for two films I’ve seen recently:
The Watch – Ben Stiller plays a suburban good guy who forms a neighbourhood watch and stumbles upon an alien invasion. What The Watch does is somehow strike a balance between the comedies of Judd Apatow and Wes Anderson. It’s a buddy bromance at heart – cock jokes and all – but Stiller’s character and some of the setup recalls Anderson’s Rushmore, whilst an underlying layer of satire challenges suburban life.
It’s not groundbreaking, though it is occasionally surprising with bloody violence and very strong language for this kind of American mainstream film. I actually don’t think it will do very well at the box office or critically (a quick check of Rotten Tomatoes confirms that), but I laughed a decent amount and quite enjoyed The Watch.
[xrr rating=3/5] (The Watch is released this Friday).
The Bourne Legacy – The Bourne Legacy is an ok film. It ticks all the right Bourne boxes but it feels like just that – a Bourne by numbers. The ‘gritty’ action’s all there, the scheming CIA-agent types and political manipulation are all present but it’s just not as exciting or interesting as the previous efforts.
The plot tries to slip itself into a parallel timeline with The Bourne Ultimatum, which for anyone who hasn’t seen that film in a few years feels a little confusing considering how dense the original trilogy can be at times. Here the pacing feels a little off too, foregoing the steady drip of crucial information that formed the earlier stories in favour of a fairly straightforward chase narrative.
Serviceable, but disappointing.