Sunday, November 16, 2008
Last week had an endless supply of Bond! I caught the trailer for Quantum, and thought it looked like it could be an exciting film to watch. I still hadn't seen Casino Royale and from other people's thoughts on the film, it was a must see. Thursday night a friend and I watched the film, and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than the Connery films, which were at the top prior to seeing this. I think it was the pacing of Casino that made it more successful. Also, I think Daniel Craig's Bond is right up there with Connery's. These two actors get "Bond". The attitude, the charisma and the ruthlessness. The intro for Casino is totally noteworthy, I really enjoyed the visuals and flow to it. Without getting into a full review of the film, I'll say that it's a sweet ride and highly recommended. My only quirp with the film was how Vespar died. That scene felt awkward and forced. I can understand that it was a huge turning point for Bond's character. However, I think her death (which was necessary) could have happened in another manner.
Friday night, I caught the 10:15 showing of Quantum. I will not say anything about the films plot points or scenes in particular, as I hate to ruin the surprise of films. It's rare I watch trailers even. I will tell you one thing I liked and one thing disliked. I did like the action, and what do you expect from a Bond film. They are classic for over the top action sequences. Unfortunately the camera work was REALLY hard to follow during fight scenes. It's like the director took his cues from Joel Schumacher's Batman daze. There is one scene that doesn't suffer from this though, and it's a good one. A lot of people are having mixed thoughts on this film. I think of it as a bridge to bring in the big guns, an action intermission if you will. I have a feeling the next installment will be the best of the 3, just have to be patient for 2 more years.