Monday, November 17, 2008

The new Bond film, Quantum of Solace & the new Star Trek trailer, a review

Quantum of Solace came out in the US on Friday, November 14th. I saw it opening day.
And I will state up front that I saw it for one reason: the new trailer for the new Star Trek was to be shown before it.

Yes, I spent $16 to see a preview. And let me tell you, it was WORTH IT!

The film on the other hand, not as good.


The Trek preview starts off with a car speeding through a desert. This is not what I expected. But when that little kid said that his name was James Tiberius Kirk, I almost died. The way he said it was priceless. The trailer then picks up pace and overloads you with scenes from the new movie.

I had enough time to identify most of the main cast, and of course the Enterprise herself-under construction no less.

I was speechless. I soaked up every second of data that I could. This movie is going to be GREAT!

After the preview, I was excited, I was pumped. I wanted to see it again!

Sadly, this didn't happen.

At first, I thought I liked the new Bond film-until I realized my excitment from the trailer carried over into the film. I would've given 2 Thumbs Up to almost anything after that preview.

I went to the theatre with 2 expectations.

1) to see a great trailer

2) to see a Bond film

I'm not sure the second one happened.

While I'm not a big Bond buff, I do enjoy watching 007 save the day from time to time. I've seen the various films over the years with the various actors. When I sit down to watch James Bond I have certain expectations

A new face-The James Bond films are unique in that they're all about the same guy, yet they've spanned decades, changed actors, and don't say "Bond" in the title. And that's okay. That is what let's Bond live. Keep changing the lead, don't put numbers in the title, and don't call them sequals.

Sequals. I don't know how many films there are, but it's a lot. And the box sets never have them all.
I have never sat down to watch a Bond film and felt "left out", until now.
Quantum felt like a sequal. A sequal to a movie I didn't see.
The entire movie referred to people and events without telling the audience about them. While I expect suspense and mystery in a film, I don't expect to be left in the dark.

Gadgets. James Bond is famous for having the latest in spy-gear and having a really cool car. All of which is explained to him and us in various detail by a man named Q.

He had a gun.

Yep, the great James Bond spent the entire film with nothing more than a gun.
I realize that he couldn't pick up gadgets mid-film due to plot reasons, but he should have had SOMETHING.

Women. Bond is a ladies man. But does asking for stationary *really* work as a pick-up line? From someone you just met?! From someone you're supposed to be escorting back to HQ?!!
I didn't understand that character, plotwise. She shows up, gets naked, gets dressed up, says "Hi" to the villan, and ends up dead.
They lost me with her showing up, really.
M says that she's a secratary, she files papers and stuff. Why was she approaching the villan at the party? Why was she worth killing, Are we really supposed to beleave Bond sent her to get info? Was an afternoon with the great 007 enough to make her think she was a secret agent too?

Violence. Yes, I know that Bond has a "license to kill" (or does he? The movie didn't say so), this film was more violent than I expected or wanted. Especially towards the end, with the women.

To sum it up, this was nothing more than action packed violence and explosions with the Bond label attached. If I had known that, I would have left after the preview and taken my wife to a nicer meal--we would have had the time.

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