A Most Unlikely Hero

Self is saving some movie reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle of yesterday, Friday, Dec. 28.

There’s one in particular, a review of Promised Land, a movie which hasn’t gotten much buzz at all, buried under movies like Django Unchained and Les Miserables (She told The Man to go ahead and watch it without her today.  For some reason, she’s never been that enthused over Anne Hathaway, or about movie musicals in general.  Perhaps with the exception of The Muppets movie).  It opens, unexpectedly, with an accolade to Matt Damon:

Promised Land is a fine place to start appreciating Matt Damon, who always makes it seem as if everybody else is acting and he’s just going through the movie being natural.  Damon is the actor who leaves no fingerprints, who never calls attention to himself and never, ever screws up, not once in 20 years.  Whether playing Jason Bourne or Mr. Ripley, Damon creates an illusion of the familiar, and that familiarity is put to good use in Promised Land, in which he plays a salesman for a fracking company, trying to talk rural people into leasing their land for natural-gas drilling.

Self would just like to say, she loved Jeremy Renner until she saw him take over the Bourne movies this year.  Then, watching Renner, she realized that Matt Damon’s portrayal of Bourne was absolutely brilliant.  And she never wants to see another Bourne movie without Damon.  Seriously.

Stay tuned.

1 Comment

  1. December 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    What a coincidence – I am still mulling over whether I want to see movie Les Miz – quite obvious even in trailer that AH cannot really sing up to Broadway standards – and what would be the point of a musical if the music fails?

    Paul Simon talking about something else: “Beyond a certain point it isn’t even musical.”

    BTW – there’s an excellent interview of Matt Damon and the movie about fracking on NPR by Terry Gross.

    ref. the point about how natural he is on screen, this interview included a quote from the movie and his accent and intonation were just the same as in the interview, only way you knew it was a movie clip was in the different quality of the overall sound.

    No fancy theatrics for Matt Damon.

    Kyi May Kaung


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