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The Bourne Legacy Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 10/02/2012 @ 11:44
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Films seen in the last week: The Muppets (again), Big Miracle, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (3D), American Evil, This Means War

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Muppets

Pet Hate: Scenes In Trailers That Aren't In The Movie
In the last couple of weeks there have been two glaring examples of one of my pet hates: scenes in trailers that don't make it into the movies (and, more often than you'd think, don't even make it into the deleted scenes on the DVD). I'm sure there are a variety of reasons for this, but it annoys me just the same, especially when the scene is a particularly good joke. The first example was in the official trailer for The Muppets (as opposed to all the spoof trailers, where it's obviously fair enough). There's a great gag where all the Muppets are crammed into the car and Muppet favourite 'Mahna-Mahna' is playing on the car stereo ... and they're not singing along. If that's not on the eventual Muppet DVD, I'm going to be very annoyed.



Another example is in the Chronicle trailer (at the 1m07s mark). Now, I don't want to sound cynical, but if you include a scene with a half naked woman in your trailer (in this case it's the second lead's would-be girlfriend and the implication is that he removes her clothes with his mind or something), then a sizeable proportion of your audience is going to be a little annoyed if that scene doesn't make it into the final film. Will that scene be on the DVD? I doubt it. (Another thing that really annoys me – directors and actors always talk about deleted scenes that will “probably be on the DVD” and they NEVER are, but I digress).



Anyway, as annoying and frustrating as the two examples above are, they're nothing to the scene that first made me realise that this sort of thing happened in the first place. That scene was in the trailer for 1991's What About Bob? and had Richard Dreyfuss angrily attacking his own broken-down car with a stick, Basil Fawlty-style. For some reason I really wanted to see this scene – I even remember watching the movie and the car breaking down and me thinking “Oh, here we go ...” and then my crushing disappointment when the scene didn't make it. If this was the sort of blog that people left comments on, then I'd ask for other suggestions in the comments below, but as that would probably lead to embarrassing silence, I'll crowd-source on Twitter instead and list the best examples in a future blog.



Trailerwatch: The Bourne Legacy
This week the trailer for The Bourne Legacy hit the internets and I have to say, although I wasn't initially all that excited about a rebooted Bourne (with Jeremy Renner taking over from Matt Damon), the trailer has done its job and now I really want to see it. The tag-line on the trailer (“There Was Never Just One”) is a stroke of genius, immediately explaining the concept behind the reboot, that some shadowy government faction was busy creating Jason Bournes (i.e.
brainwashed super-agents) all over the place. In that sense, it's actually more of a sequel than a reboot, as shown by the presence of actors from the previous films like Joan Allen (as Pam Landy), Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn.

Another reason to be excited (at least if, like me, you think that Edward Norton hasn't been doing enough movies lately) is that Edward Norton is in it as what looks like the brainwasher-in-chief. I'm also thrilled for the continuing rise of Jeremy Renner, not least because I pegged him as a future star way back in 2006, when he had two great films in that year's Edinburgh Film Festival: Twelve and Holding (which did get a brief but tiny theatrical release) and Neo Ned (which is admittedly controversial, seeing as it's a comedy where he plays a neo-Nazi who falls in love with a black woman, but still deserves to be more widely seen).



Other things to note about the trailer:

1. it features the now ubiquitous “BRAAAAAAAAAAHM” horns first used in the Inception trailers and
2. there is no sign of Rachel Weisz, who plays “Marta” according to the imdb.

Speaking of which, the imdb also lists Drive's Oscar Isaac as “Number 3”. I am going to go out on a limb and bet that Oscar Isaac doesn't make it to the final reel. In fact, this will make him one of those actors (like the late great Elisha Cook Jnr or more latterly Jay Hernandez) who hardly ever makes it to the end of any movie they're in. Still, we'll find out when the film opens here on 17th August.



Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Three new entries this week, with The Muppets (which would have been a five star film, but I dropped a star for some annoying product placement), Save-The-Whales drama Big Miracle (which really should have been called Save The Whales) and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (starring Viggo Freud and Carl Fassbender) making it into the top ten. I'll also put in a good word for The Vow (which is nowhere near as bad as they said it was on Film 2012) but I was kind of underwhelmed by The Woman In Black.

Interview-wise this week we have a hilarious press conference interview with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Muppets director James Bobin (well, it was hilarious in the room – my jaw ached from grinning
afterwards) and a press conference interview with David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and writer Christopher Hampton for A Dangerous Method.

Elsewhere you can still read our exclusive interview with Bombay Beach director Alma Har'el, an exclusive interview with Emma Stansfield (star of last week's Best Laid Plans), a Q&A with the director and stars of Best Laid Plans, our press conference interviews with Descendants stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and director Alexander Payne; our exclusive press conference interview with the stars of Intruders (Clive Owen, Daniel Bruhl, Carice Van Houten, Ella Purnell and the lovely Pilar Lopez de Ayala); our semi-exclusive interviews with Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy for W.E.; our exclusive round table interviews with the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston for War Horse, our exclusive round table interview with lead Jeremy Irvine, our exclusive interview with author Michael Morpurgo, a press conference interview with director Steven Spielberg; and a press conference interview with Shame writer Abi Morgan and director Steve McQueen and No Shame actor Michael Fassbender.

Come back next week for an exclusive interview with Pawel Pawlikowski, director of My Summer of Love and next week's The Woman In The Fifth.

1. The Artist
2. Bombay Beach
3. The Muppets
4. The Descendants
5. Young Adult
6. Martha Marcy May Marlene
7. Chronicle
8. Shame
9. Big Miracle
10. A Dangerous Method



DVD of the Week: One Day (out now, online RRP £11.99)
This week's DVD of the Week (just in time for Valentine's Day) is One Day, based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls. Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway star as Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley, a pair of graduating university students in Edinburgh who have an abortive one night stand on St Swithin's Day, 15th July, in 1988 and become best friends. Over the course of the next twenty-something years, the film tracks the progress of their will-they/won't-they relationship by returning to them on the same day each year.

The performances are terrific: Sturgess, in particular, pulls off the extremely difficult feat of making Dexter deeply obnoxious and unsympathetic in the middle section and yet somehow winning back our sympathy by the end. Similarly, Hathaway may not be the dowdy “Yorkshire lass” of the book (her wavering accent is dodgy, though not distractingly so), but she makes the part her own and has strong chemistry with Sturgess to boot; she's also convincingly vulnerable and insecure in the early stages, even if the make-up department can't quite manage to make her look anything less than drop-dead gorgeous throughout.



The support cast are equally good, especially Rafe Spall, who steals every scene as Emma's boyfriend Ian, while there's predictably great work from Patricia Clarkson and Ken Stott (as Dexter's parents) and from Romola Garai as Dexter's girlfriend, Sylvie. The tricksy structure of the book translates remarkably well to the screen, aided by Nicholls' confident screenplay and some subtle production design work. The dialogue is extremely good too and there are some powerfully moving scenes, even if the film ever-so-slightly misjudges the book's emotional climax. In short, this is a superbly directed, achingly emotional romantic drama that won't disappoint fans of the book, thanks to a confident script and terrific performances from Sturgess and Hathaway.

The extras package includes: a handful of deleted scenes (but again, as above, no sign of any scenes featuring Jamie Sives, who was cast as Emma's older lover and presumably shot several sequences); three very short featurettes (Em and Dex, Through The Years; Anne Hathaway: Bringing Emma To Life; and The Look of One Day); and a director's commentary with Lone Scherfig.

Comments

by  Phil_on_Film  16/02/2012 @ 16:09
In The Muppets trailer Gonzo fires the bowling ball at someone's head (I don't think it's Jack Black; it may be Segel) whereas in the film it gets stuck on his fingers.
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