Okay, so it was a punt. A punt that went wrong. A horrible, sickly, sentimental Adam Sandler confection. But still there were moments I liked, or rather moments where I allowed myself to be emotionally manipulated.
Sandler plays an overworked architect constantly chasing the bonuses and the favour of his sickish boss, David Hasselhoff, and neglecting his family. One day he buys an all-in-one remote from eerie DIY store dude Christopher Walken. Hey! Now he can press pause, rewind, slo-mo etc on real life! There can’t be any drawbacks to this, can there?
A cynical mash-up of A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life and Back To The Future 2 (probably).
The Bourne Ultimatum
So we caught up with the last Bourne at home before going out to see the new Bourne at the sinny-marr. It was my least favourite first time I saw it, but on rewatching it seemed better than memory had previously allowed.
The rendition bits at the beginning – with Paddy Considine as a hapless Grauniad hack – were probably the highlights, though; still wasn’t too keen on the Albert Finney mad scientist stuff. The Supremacy callbacks (with Joan Allen as Pamela Landy) played better second time round. Silly ending.
The Bourne Legacy
Now, having seen the trailer, with the MAD SCIENTIST! WE’RE ALTERING DNA!!! nonsense, I really wasn’t holding out much hope, but there was a lot to like about it. First: Jeremy Renner as new operative Cross. Nice and anonymous. A different feel to Bourne. Second: Tony Gilroy directing. Not afraid to slow things down, or stage long scenes. Both the Alaska and Shearing house scenes benefited.
On the downside: too much felt like retreads of scenes from the earlier films. And the WE’RE ALTERING DNA!!! nonsense (though it worked better than the trailer indicated).