The Bourne Legacy is this week’s Film Club pick! But will it be as good as these other top-drawer franchise reboots?
CASINO ROYALE Does just changing the face of Bond count as a reboot? It does in this case, as Casino Royale took the increasingly ridonkulous franchise and went right back to basics. The sight of Daniel Craig in Speedos certainly didn’t hurt either…
Abs-ogling aside, Craig’s turn as Bond only served to highlight how greasy and overly-suave Pierce Brosnan’s version was, as well as give us a whole new appreciation of Sean Connery. Next instalment Quantum of Solace was kinda poop, but at least it wasn’t worse than those that came at the end of Roger Moore’s run. Eurgh.
Groovy fact: Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.
BATMAN BEGINS Let’s face it, rebooting the Batman franchise wasn’t exactly a tricky job back in the mid-2000s. Tim Burton did a decent enough job at the start, but things took a serious nosedive with the casting of Val Kilmer. George Clooney could have made a great Batman if he’d had a great script but instead he apparently worked without any script at all. And you can tell, as Batman and Robin is generally considered the worst comic book movie of all time.
The first flick in Christopher Nolan’s Bat trilogy, ‘Begins’ is everything a reboot should be: a fresh take on an old story, and a movie that fully revives a franchise. Amazing, and yet it may go down as Nolan’s worst Caped Crusader effort. Which is kind of mental, when you consider how damn good it is. The benchmark all reboots should be aiming for.
STAR TREK Star Trek rebooted the original series in a way that few probably thought possible. No Shatner? No smarmy Captain Kirk? CHRIS PINE? Incredibly, it works. And not only does it function perfectly well as a standalone movie, it also acknowledges the previous flicks while ignoring the ones that are a bit rubbish. Clever, innit.
Embarrassing moment alert! Matt Damon called JJ Abrams when he heard rumours he was in contention to play Captain Kirk. Abrams politely informed him that the rumours were false, and that he wasn’t considering him because he was too old for the role. Ouch.
MAN OF STEEL Not out yet, but oh well. We’re dead excited about it anyway. So there’s no red underwear-as-outerwear, the powers have been tweaked and Super comes from a slightly different background. We’re not too concerned, as the two trailers we’ve seen so far are reeeeeally interesting. A few peeps are writing it off as a remake of Superman 2 (solely because the villain is General Zod) but Chris Nolan is on board so we’re on board.
This time around Immortals star and walking gym advert Henry Cavill will be the man donning the red cape (sorry Brandon Routh!)
The Bourne Legacy is out now. Here’s the trailer:
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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