While the Ganger enjoys being outside and building fires and such, one of my many facets is that I enjoy going to the movies. As Katie (had the heart to marry the ganger) always says, if I cannot obsess over it, I will not bother to do it.
Just a fair notice, if you do not care to read about my love of the theater, you can skip down to read about Jason Bourne.
The movie theater is one of those experiences, despite all the garbage that can be involved, I still immensely enjoy. The cinema is a world unto itself and I enjoy being a part of it.
One of my dreams, one that will probably remain so, is to buy an old world cinema, you know the kind, they look more like an opera house than a place to watch movies. It would have one screen, a concessions line with popcorn, candy, and some soda, end of story, and I would show old world movies for the pleasure of seeing them that way.
Some people enjoy this whole thing, me being one of them, but beyond that movies were meant to be viewed that way. During one of my easily top ten cineman experiences, last year Halloween was released into theaters again during October. It included and intro from John Carpenter, in which he said that Halloween was not ever meant for home video, as they did not exist really. If John says watch it at the theater, then do so. It was amazing, and I still believe that even with home video, something else which I took advantage of early in life, movies at their core are meant to be seen in theaters.
There are some pros and cons though. Firstly, the people, cell phones are awful. I do enjoy the new theaters with big cushy reclining chairs. My left knee, after the army, does not care for being in cramped spaces such as the seats in military vehicles, most back and passenger seats, and cinema seats. These amazingly spacious seats come at a price, you have waitresses and waiters flitting around during your film, and as the guy whom I chucked some popcorn at learned the hard way, I do not appreciate very bright cell phone lights being used to look at menus. Secondly, prices are fairly nuts these days, movie, popcorn, and drink, will set you back at least 20$ at least. Lately some nut cases have chosen these wonderful places in which to unleash their one man terror acts.
I digress though, they are still wonderful places to spend an evening, even if the modern is killing some of their charm. Myabe one day I will make the actual list of top movie experiences.
** JASON BOURNE REVIEW** LAST WARNING, SPOILERS
Jason Bourne was my latest trip to the cinema, and I personally was not dissapointed.
What it had: Guns, spies, evil CIA, car chases and car smashing, a fellow shadow warrior tracking Jason, techno spying, a pretty girl, a previous character who gets greased pretty early on, some flashbacks, and of course Jason himself.
Jason’s mysterious past concerns his father, which while the mystery past stuff was a bit thinner, it was made a bit more personal with daddy and the guy who killed him also being the shadow warrior who wants revenge on Jason. It twists several times. Tommy Lee Jones as head of the CIA is not just trying to perform a cover up, this guy was straight evil and he was good at it. This guy was the devil, and the situation provided for it. The movie is set post Snowden, post NSA cell phone monitoring, etc. CIA devil is trying to spy on everyone with what is basically face book.
Part of the reason I seem less than enthused is the fact that I have a hard time accepting new things at first. I build the timeline of my life out of the constants, be they my favorite possessions, and more often movies and music. I connect memories and recall them easier based on what I was watching or listening to, and the more often I watched it or listened to it the easier it is to use. Jason Bourne has been a part of my life since I was 15, and 15-20 was a pivotal time for me. This new fangle movie almost 10 years later will have to earn its place.
The sad, Julia Stiles longtime character is killed ver early, and thus we bid farewell to the last original character who is not Jason.
Jason, Matt Damon, has aged properly, and that is good. The hero is not ageless and that is how it should be. He walked away almost a decade ago. I will admit tghe underground fighting thing was cool, and fits with his being off the grid.
The larger devious plot to take over facebook seemed stretched in my opinion., had Evil Lee Jones not been willing to kill over it, in an old Cold War way I wouldnt have bought it.
The care chase was much bigger and filled with smashing in a holy crap people died way.
Without ruining it, Jason teaches the new generation not to mess with the original, and exits to Moby’s “Extreme Ways” once again.
All in all it makes up for The Bourne Legacy, its what we should have had.