Friday, August 10, 2012

Our Preview of This Week's New Releases (For Friday, August 10th)

Andrew: Hello readers! We're running a little late with our weekly preview, but better late than never! This week we see three wide releases in the new Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakas comedy The Campaign, the latest entry in the Jason Bourne series (sans Jason Bourne), The Bourne Legacy, and the new Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones dramedy Hope Springs (which we saw on Wednesday and you can read our review of it HERE) So a lot of bigger movies coming out with some big names coming out this week.
Sarah, let's start out preview with the film we'll be seeing tonight, The Campaign. There's some strong pedigree with this comedy - first of all it stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakas, the former being one of the biggest comedy stars of the last decade and the latter an underappreciated comic whose star has skyrocketed since The Hangover in 2009.
It's also directed by Jay Roach, who directed a bevy of beloved comedies in the Austin Powers trilogy, as well as Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. (To be fair, he also directed Dinner for Schmucks which wasn't as good, but that's the film we saw the night we got engaged, so I hold it in a special place in my heart.)
 Official Trailer for The Campaign

So Sarah, what are your impressions of The Campaign?
Sarah: I think it looks hilarious! The classic humor of Ferrell mixed with the quirky wit of Galifianakas promises to come together in a marvelous way! I am excited to see this comedy because it has come out at such a perfect time. When everyone seems to be up in arms over all the political nonsense and the upcoming election, it will be refreshing to see some humor. I have high hopes for this one. I'm expecting this one to be just as funny as some of our favorites like Wedding Crashers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.
A: I'm pretty hopeful for it, too, but I'm going in a little more cautious than I would have a month ago. And that's because we have some great pedigree behind The Watch and that wasn't very good at all. So I'm going to be a little apprehensive going in, but I'm still hopeful. If that makes sense.
S: I totally understand. I suppose we will have to wait and see. Now with The Bourne Legacy, we have, well sort of a reboot. Or just an extension to the earlier trilogy.
Now, I am in the process of catching up and watching these movies today and tomorrow before we go and see it. But I really like Jeremy Renner and I think he is a great actor. I am interested to see him starring in another action-packed movie. And him being alongside Rachel Weisz seems like they will be a great pair and hopefully beef up the story.
 Official Trailer for The Bourne Legacy

A: That's true, we're trying to crank through the first three Bourne films by tomorrow so that you're all caught up and I have a refresher. What I'll be interested in seeing with The Bourne Legacy is how Renner compares to Matt Damon. Damon's portrayal (as you'll see more, my dear) is that of a loner, of a guy who doesn't want to be doing what he's doing but has to do make it all stop. Renner seems to always have more of a simmering going on below the surface and is more of your typical action actor already, whereas Damon wasn't thought of that way before.
I'm interested to see how Legacy plays out, too, because from everything I've heard already is that it takes place somewhat at the same time as The Bourne Ultimatum. So is it more of a "side-quel"? How will it incorporate what we already know of the series and will it contradict anything? I'm assuming they'll have a decent idea of how to make it fit because it's being directed by Tony Gilroy, who had a hand in writing all of the original three.
S: I don't have too high expectations for this one actually. I think that if I keep my expectations low, and if it turns out to be pretty good, then I will have enjoyed myself. This is considered one of the summer's big blockbusters, so I figure a lot of people will be going out to see this one tonight.
So I think this looks to be a pretty good weekend. Since we've already seen one of the three movies that came out this week and were impressed with that, I hope that the next two prove to be just as fun!
A: Absolutely! So we'll definitely be seeing both The Campaign and The Bourne Legacy, so be on the lookout for those reviews! And as always, thanks for reading!

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