Friday, November 14, 2008

Quantum Of Solace! 007 Is Back!

(Several reviews and the trailer are listed below)

Well today is the big day. Quantum Of Solace hit the big screen and opened to somewhat lukewarm reviews. That's my take at least.......

Ever since my trip to New York city I've been thinking about and waiting for the opening of Quantum Of Solace. As I was walking down Broadway, I snapped this photo of a huge billboard. Intriguing to say the least..... I loved Casino Royale and I believe that regardless of where you stand in the "Bond the Actor" debate, you would argue that Daniel Craig is a worthy candidate for James Bond 007.

Billboard promoting the New Bond Flick. Taken on Broadway in NYC.

So naturally, I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival. Today, I sifted through some of the reviews just to get a feeling for how the movie is doing. Here's what I found:

"The shortest and certainly the most action-dense Bond ever, "Quantum of Solace" plays like an extended footnote to "Casino Royale" rather than a fully realized, stand-alone movie. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, possibly knowing they couldn't immediately top the previous pic's sheer stylishness, have radically reshuffled the series' traditional elements, but also allowed incoming director Marc Forster...................Click here for more of this review"

Another viewer writes:

"I am a die hard Bond fan and was waiting for this movie to come out since the first trailer. I was at the theater at midnight last night. However, when it was over, I was sorely disappointed. As a movie, it was not bad. The acting was good, the action scenes were exciting, and Daniel Craig was a great Bond. However, it was not a great Bond film, failing to live up to any previous franchise benchmarks................. Click here for more of this review"

Still another fan writes:
"After being somewhat disappointed with Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace delivered remarkably. I went to the midnight showing and it was worth every second. Packed with a ridiculous amount of action and wit,...............................Click here for the rest of this review"

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The bottom line for me = I'll be hitting the theater as soon as I can find a break in my schedule. I'm just that kind of guy. I actually go for the grittier, Jason Bournish style of Bond. As long as it's realistic and somewhat believable I'll shell out the extra bucks to catch it on the big screen. Let's hope they left out the corny and outlandish clips.

Here's a trailer:

Have you seen the movie yet? Do you want to see it? Are you a Bond fan? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

Much Thanks


Jane Turley said...

I saw it last weekend! It is a good film - but that's it. I didn't come out feeling exhilarated or on an emotional high. It is definately more gritty and believable (action wise) and more in line with The Bourne Trilogy. The acting is fine but the film just doesn't have the "spark" that made the Brosnan Bonds so enjoyable.

I didn't really feel there was that much of a connection between Vespa and Bond in Casino Royale and since Quantum of Solace is all about his revenge for the loss of Vespa the leading ladies are, more than ever, just there for their looks - which doesn't really add to the film. They might as well not be there at all in my opinion...( and the subplot of the leading lady's revenge for the death of her parents is one of many an old film plot - just rehashed.) Whereas, for example, Halle Berry did add to Die Another day...

I'm hoping the next Bond will be a little lighter; I think it's possible to have a balance between realism and fantasy that can work -they just didn't get it right this time. A good leading lady for Daniel Craig would do wonders.(For which I humbly offer my services...)

On another note I thought the theme tune and the opening credits were the worst for a long time.

intrepidideas said...

Nice review Miss Jane. We all humbly defer to your opinion and recognize that you are the ultimate Bond... I mean Pierce Brosnan fan! You get my vote for the next leading lady! Are you up for the task?

media boy said...

Quantum of Solace is entertaining at least... a lot of high quality visuals, but the movie as a whole could stand to lose six or seven fewer chase scenes