Saturday, May 30, 2009

Review: Quantum of Solace

With the kids now outnumbering the adults in my house it's getting a bit tougher to watch movies on DVD or cable. Since my Mom got me an IPod Nano for my birthday, I've decided to try and transfer some movies to iPod and watch them when I'm out and about. With the latest James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, I began watching on my 2 inch iPod screen at Walmart last weekend while waiting for new tires. It really isn't that bad and the sound is still very good through the headphones. I finished up the movie at my gym which has LifeFitness stationary bikes that come with an iPod adaptor. I just plug in my Nano and I can control my iPod through the video screen on the bike. This way I can watch on a more manageable 13 inch screen while getting some cardio in.

On to the film itself. I was a big fan of Casino Royale which sits at #1 on my personal list of favorite Bond movies. This one picks up the storyline of Vesper Lynd's death in the previous movie and how Bond goes on a rogue tirade to avenge her death. The plot is not as intricate as Casino Royale but Daniel Craig still plays Bond well and gives the character an edgy quality not seen in previous incarnations. Craig now seems to be on par with Sean Connery as the best Bond actor to-date. The rest of the cast is merely serviceable with the exception of Judi Dench as "M" who commands the attention of the audience whenever she is on screen. There are some good chase scenes in this film that feature both automotive and nautical methods of transportation as well as some brutally real hand-to-hand combat. The Bond girl is played by Olga Kurylenko, whose beauty stands up to the "Bond Girl" pedigree. She has a few ass-kicking scenes of her own as well. The villianous piece of this movie is not very imposing. The Quantum organization didn't really give off the feel of an ominous threat to humanity.

Overall I would give this film a 3.5 out of 5. The effects and pacing are pretty well-done but the plot just isn't as engrossing as what we saw in Casino Royale.
It falls within the top half of Bond films but it feels like more of a letdown since it followed Royale. I'm hoping the next Bond (due in 2011) puts the Vesper plot aside and focuses on a new more-worthy villian to go head-to-head with Craig, who has a chance to be the best Bond ever if he gets the right material to work with. Since Harry Potter is winding down, I submit one Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) as a pefect choice to be the next Bond villian.


T. said...

I agree 100%. I think anything would be a letdown after Casino Royale though - definitely my favorite Bond movie!

Anonymous said...

Die Hard V - James Bond vs. Hans Gruber??