- New films
‘The Bourne Legacy’
Director: Tony Gilroy.
Starring: Jeremy Renner.
The plot: An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludium’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Genre: Action, adventure.
Director: Jay Roach.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis.
The plot: Two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady.
- Film roundup
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Dark Knight Rises” (which clearly should have been titled “Gotham Rises,” I’m just sayin’) picks up exactly eight years after the events of the last film. The city of Gotham is marking the anniversary of the death of former district attorney Harvey Dent, who, according to the official story, was betrayed and murdered by Batman before the masked vigilante went underground as a fugitive. The weight of this lie has done a number on Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), who has vanished from the public eye and lives out his lonely days as a shut-in.
“The Amazing Spider Man”
One could argue that this superhero is more suited to the vibrant colors and easy charms delivered by the first three “Spider-Man” films, and the dark alleys and existential quandaries should be left for Nolan alone to explore. But I’m not sure I buy the idea that the Batman movies have a monopoly on darkness and realism. There’s nothing inherently “wrong” with toying with different approaches and tones in the realm of the superhero genre, and in any case making another film in the vein of Raimi’s trilogy would make this seem like even more of a rehash than it already does.
The film has been given a lukewarm recommendation by a majority of published critics, but many others have labeled it as Pixar’s first true misfire, and even its defenders seem half-hearted at best. But don’t be fooled by the overly cynical (and possibly sexist) nay-sayers — “Brave” represents Pixar at its best (or close to it, anyway), and is surely one of the most rewarding times you’ll have at the movies.
Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 7:32 am
Updated: 2:32 pm, Fri Aug 3, 2012.
You may have noted that last week’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” lacked any mention of the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. This was not meant as a show of disrespect to the victims, but as recognition that regardless of its now-infamous status, Christopher Nolan’s concluding Batman film deserved to be discussed on its own merits, as a movie — not as the alleged trigger that set off a madman’s rampage.
Any discussion of the shooting and its implications for the film industry, I thought, should be reserved for another column. (And since “The Watch” is currently the lowest-rated wide release on Rotten Tomatoes, I suppose this is a prime opportunity.)
Friday, August 3, 2012 7:32 am.
Updated: 2:32 pm.