Initial Reaction: Video Review - JASON BOURNE & BAD MOMS

After nine years away from the role it seems audiences were more primed than ever to see Matt Damon return to the Bourne franchise as the fifth film in the series and the fourth starring Damon scored an estimated $60 million. That opening was enough to deliver the second largest domestic opening for a Bourne film behind only The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in 2007. If that wasn't enough to call this thing a win in the wake of a summer that has seen sequels debut to far less than their predecessors this $60 million opening for Jason Bourne is almost $22 million more than what The Bourne Legacy earned in 2012 when Universal attempted to keep the franchise alive with Jeremy Renner in the lead role. Personally, I love the Bourne films as they are one of the rare trilogies that featured an improvement with each new entry and while this latest installment more or less covers the same ground as its predecessors it still does what it's expected to do really well and is entertaining at the same time. This very much put me in the middle when it came to my thoughts on Jason Bourne as I'd hoped they might be more adventurous with the story, but couldn't necessarily complain as I was enthralled the entirety of the fast-paced runtime. Though I came away somewhat on the fence about Jason Bourne both Charles and I felt the same way about the discouraging Bad Moms. The R-rated comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn opened to $23.4 million and is essentially what the trailers told us it was and nothing more. This was rather disappointing as the film clearly had an opportunity and an audience that it could tap into and appeal to in a unique way, but preferred to take the easy route of being a conveyor belt comedy rather than something truly insightful. Either way, we had a lot of fun reviewing the new releases this weekend and hope you'll take the time to hit the jump, check out our reviews, and of course subscribe to the channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week!



You can also read my full Jason Bourne review here.



You can also read my full Bad Moms review here.