Review: Quantum of Solace

Last Friday I went to see Quantum of Solace on the day it opened here in the United States.  For some reason life made me busy that weekend and I never got around to reviewing it then, so I’ll review it now.

qos_fankit_160x600First up a disclaimer in two parts:

I am a fan of the James Bond films, and would rank Connery, Dalton, and Craig as my favourites.

It is late, and I’m not feeling as “in depth” as I was on the drive home after the film.

So as to avoid utterly ruining the film for those of you who haven’t seen it I won’t mention any spoilers here, if you want spoilers go to Wikipedia – Quantum of Solace and they’ll tell you the whole film in great detail!

Now on with the review, and if you saw Casino Royale and enjoyed it there is a good chance you’ll enjoy this too.  Daniel Craig smoulders through his performance as the rough and rugged lead that he is, bringing a degree of brutality and aggression that we’ve not seen in recent films.

The direction is tight and the special effects are truely amazing.  Once again Bond has bucked the Hollywood trend and gone for predominantly live effects with none of the computer graphiced trickery of invisible cars and fights on crumbling jets that we’d suffered in previous films.  The fire effects are particularly worth watching, with huge sets exploding and cast members diving through firey corridors close enough to roast their giblets!

However, while the effects win out the editing detracts greatly from what should be an excellent film.  The tension building sequences are brilliant, and you’ll spot several homages to earlier Bond outings and other classic filmic elements.  All this craftsmanship appears to vanish however in most of the action scenes where rapid, disorientating cuts, and sudden flashes of different points of view create confusion and has the audience wondering who was shooting at whom. As one of my good friends put it:

the action scene editor was on meth – Von

So all in all the film was good but not great.  It carried on where Casino Royale left off and delivered some pounding Bond action.  It wasn’t just good, it was good enough, and now all I have to do is hold my patience and wait for the next film in 2010 which will hopefully bring closure to what appears to be a three movie plot.

Final score.  Not as good as Casino Royale, but nowhere near as bad as Die Another Day or The World Is Not Enough (both of which ranked up there with Lazenby‘s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for cringeworthyness).  All in all I’d say it compares well with The Living Daylights as a Bond film, and I’ll give it a “good enough” 7/10!

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