Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Quantum of Solace

Tonight we went to see the new James Bond flick; we were filled with anticipation both because it's more than a week before the film is released in the US and because early rumors buzzed that it was better than Casino Royale.

I was deeply, deeply disappointed. Not only because the movie, even if it had nothing to do with James Bond, was a far-below-average action film with unclear, unsatisfying action sequences and negligible character development, but because Bond's character completely lacked any of the charm, humor, or cleverness that made him an icon and separates the character from any generic agent. The writing was overwrought (the hallmark of a Paul Haggis script), the music thin and only begrudgingly referential to the James Bond themes, and the direction and editing bafflingly sloppy and choppy.

It's difficult to find anything positive to say about the film: there was an intriguing opera scene but the filmmakers (writers or director, it's tough to say) didn't make anything of it and the scene, as most of them did, fizzled out.

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