Friday, 17 October 2008

The film's Solace, Quantum Of Solace

A few immediate thoughts. It's a Bond movie unlike any other. Brutal and bleak. Fast and frenzied. Leaner and meaner. With unrelenting action sequences that are more Bourne than 007. Particularly the hand-to-knife fight. It's darker. More serious. With a bruised and brooding Bond out for revenge. Whatever the cost. To him. Or his career. It's more emotional. Less "fun" than what we've come to expect from a Bond. More talky too. With a tangled plot that defies easy summarising. That said, there's a cool opening car chase, and a brilliant sequence in an Austrian opera house during a performance of Tosca that's pure cinema. There are big explosions and fewer gadgets. And gorgeous women who can't act. And a running time of under two hours. I liked it much more than Casino Royale.

4 comments:

Gerard said...

Excellent.

J.D. said...

Very cool. Sounds like its closer to the Fleming books than the jokier Roger Moore films.

Schmid4Brains said...

can. not. wait.

Mark Salisbury said...

The majority of the early reviews have been extremely positive although pretty much to a letter every one has called it "joyless" or, as I did, lacking in fun. Not calling for a returning to the Moore years but a joke or two would have been welcome.