Monthly Archives: November 2008

Quantum of Solace

So this is one of the first big blockbusters that was released in the UK first, with the Royal family attending the premier, and hundreds of millions being spent on advertising let alone making the film, was it worth the time and money? I realize that by writing this controversial review many people will be up at arms “how can you criticize one of the Great British films of all time”? Well for the simple reason, the story is underdeveloped, left in mid-balance, action is limited, and with sea sickening camera movements, too much of the action sequence is left to the imagination. To continue, the 007 aw-inspiring gadgets were non existent (bar his sh*ty little phone), and appearance of the bond girls was limited. I can understand why people would not agree with this statement. Its because they have the view ‘its James Bond, everyone will like it, and I cant be seen to be the person who criticizes it’ and therefore its got to be the best film in history. Well, to put it ever so bluntly by continuing with that point of view Fleming’s classics will be degraded in future film releases, with fewer gadgets, cars, bond girls, and viewable action sequences etc. Leaving just a film with camera movements so stomach churning that any food bought before hand would be a complete waste of money. I have never been a big fan of Daniel Craig, and that his portrayal of the secret service agent is somewhat arrogant, big headed, and full of himself. I fully accept that the character Bond is ment to be arrogant and big headed, but the arrogance that comes across is Daniel Craig arrogance, and not Bond’s. His portrait of Bond in this film is well, somewhat of a mystery. In Casino Royale, he made his appearance as a ‘comic’ Bond with cheeky one liners left right and center. But with this one, he came across as just having a ‘school boy’ grudge and wanting to get his own back. It had no personality in it, and if Craig had decided to bring more humor to Bond, why did this not show though in this film? Ok, so to sum up, the majority of people reading this review will have a certain element of British patriotism about them, and just like the British Royal family be compelled to see it. I am not suggesting that it is a film to be missed, I do ask that When leaving the cinema and asked by your mates what you think; be honest and tell them what you thing, because 9 times out of 10 they will be thinking the same things as you.