11/16/08

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig (James Bond), Olga Kurylenko (Camille), Mathieu Amalric (Dominic Greene), Judi Dench (M)

Directed Marc Forster (Stranger Than Fiction)

Synopsis: Bond goes crazy ass on the folks who set up Vesper. And Dame Judi Dench is furious with him.

OK, so in celebration of receiving my author copies, we rounded up ye olde babysitter (thanks Karen!) and headed out to see the new Bond. Have I mentioned lately how much I loved Casino Royale? Like chocolate and other delicious things.

This one...not so much. Despite the car, foot, airplane, motorscooter, and boat chases, I'm vastly disappointed by the lack of a train chase. I mean, that would've made it perfect right? More action = better film? Nah. Srsly, Daniel Craig could've stayed home (with me) and sent his stunt double to do everything. He had few lines, and certainly none with that angsty charm.

The only scene that vaguely come close was at the end, when he closes out the film with a little bit of relief from the grief he's suffered since Vesper's death. That quiet exchange with M brought tears to my eyes, but that could've been because I've been a mess all weekend. If it was the film and not me, then it highlights the piss poor nature of the rest of the emotional connection. It all fell flat. Mathis, Felix--whatever. Not gripping in the least.

Too bad. Olga Kurylenko made for an excellent Bond girl, all hard edges and bee-stung lips. I think Bond paid her the highest compliment ever shown to a female sidekick (aside from Vesper), which is that he helped her accomplish her mission and didn't play her. Check out their body language in this picture, one of the coolest visuals of the whole flick, when the hand he could be using to touch her is tucked in his pocket. He's a hands-off Bond, which would've been great--yay for a mature Bond!--if the whole project hadn't come across as stilted and lackluster.

As for me, I'm off to rewatch Casino Royale tonight. Haven't seen it in ages, and I really love revisiting movies that give me a fantastic zing of emotion and action. And now for some eye candy (men folk, you can do your own searches for more revealing pics of Ms Kurylenko):

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