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mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hollywood Reporter Legacy review

Absolutely - I love the review. Highlights:

The series’s legacy is lessened by this capable but uninspired fourth episode.

With Jeremy Renner stepping in to play another covert operative and franchise screenwriter Tony Gilroy taking over the directorial reins from Paul Greengrass, the same tone and look are maintained, but the visceral excitement is muffled by familiarity, an insufficiently conceived lead character and the sheer weight of backstory and multiple layers of deception.
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Variety review

Variety's review calls it overlong with too little action and an unnecessarily complicated plot. "Fans will come, but they won't be happy, as if paying for a Bond movie and getting a 002 adventure in return."
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Variety review

Oh, Variety really did give it a slam. I love the comment about the fact that the movie required "Matt Damon sized magnetism" and wrongly assumed audiences would automatically care about this new character without establishing anything interesting about him.

If the reviews continue to be poor or, perhaps more importantly, if it fails to do great business, I wonder who Gilroy will choose to blame. You know he'll blame somebody.
Paula
mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Gilroy

Strangely, Gilroy is very complimentary towards Matt in this Deadline interview:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/mike-flemings-qa-with-bourne-legacy-helmer-tony-gilroy/
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gilroy

Beware of PR men bearing complimentary gifts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gilroy

You said it! Gilroy seems to see which way the wind is blowing. Yuck.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Variety review

I love that he has to face Matt's comments with every interview he gives, how delightful for us.

It really will be interesting to see how it plays out. The reviews are basically saying the same thing - its an ok movie but not nearly as great as the previous because of its lack of heart (as in, Matt) and original action sequences/directing skills. Yet it is at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes for audiences wanting to see it, and it is a fun and heavily advertised (the ads are inescapable here in Canada too) summer action movie sure to make some money. I guess the question is - do people who want to see an action movie care about reviews? I don't really think people saw the previous "Bournes" because they were well-received by critics, that was just a nice extra for Matt's reputation. But who knows, maybe the unimpressed reviews will have the affect I want them to - I would love my faith in humanity to be restored :)

Interesting that it is just coming out now that Gilroy co-wrote Legacy with his brother. He seems to have a habit of taking sole credit for work that many people have contributed to. His stance on the film industry is fascinating to me. He doesn't care that its becoming increasingly difficult for screenwriters/directors to make interesting, original, serious low to mid-budget movies - he says he's ok with money being the priority. But I guess he's aligned with the studios in that regard, and that's why they keep him around in spite of his issues. I do wonder if his reputation with actors will ever hurt his career though (Matt's comments, and rumours that Clive Owen disliked him on the Duplicity set, etc).

Grace

PS: Maybe Gilroy is complimenting Matt because a. he knows the audience will miss him and that he is very popular and so wants to be like "I'm a fan too! And we found someone just as good!" or b. He wants to be so nice people will forget there was ever any bitterness between them that was his fault. It's strategic.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Variety review

I agree that Gilroy seems to be all about strategizing to try to find advatage to himself in any situation.

It's interesting that in Aaron Cross he's apparently created a character who is motivated by two things: a lust for power that he didn't justly earn (seeking to get access to the pills that make him powerful), and a desire to save his own skin.

If the reviews are correct, that pretty much sums up Cross's motivation. They say that every writer creates images of himself. Seems to apply very well in this case.
Paula
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