Fresh off the questionableness that was “The Great Wall,”Matt Damon is mercifully shedding his CGI-enhanced ponytail for a headset and microphone. The actor has signed on to narrate “Boston,” an upcoming documentary about the near 120-year history of the Boston Marathon.
The film offers a thorough exploration of all things Boston Marathon; and yet, those triggered by Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day” should not be ill at ease—”Boston” touches only briefly upon the 2013 race. Instead, the film’s foci are on the race’s extensive, storied history and on the state of its recent affairs—which, perhaps as a direct result of the 2013 race, have been overwhelmingly positive.
The film’s executive producer, Frank Marshall, called Damon the “ideal narrator,” says the AP. He notes Cambridge native’s voice lends not only authenticity, but credibility to the narrative. (Damon’s father and brother have each run the race four times.) Damon himself graced the introduction to John Hanc’s The B.A.A. at 125, which details the history of the Boston Athletic Association, with the following nostalgia:
“I’ll never forget standing there in the crowd with my brother, Kyle, as we looked first for Bill Rodgers, and then, in the very same race as some of the most talented runners on earth, our smiling (and grimacing) 40-year-old dad.”
“Boston” opens nationwide on April 19th, two days after the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Here’s to hoping we remember it more like “Manchester by the Sea,” and less like “The Great Wall.”