We went to see the new Bond film “Quantum of Solace” last night with Matthew and Anne-Marie. I didn’t really know what to expect, I’d seen a trailer for it but apart from that hadn’t heard much about it.
As Bond films go I thought it was pretty good: it had plenty of action, and the plot was pretty clever. There were a few ‘serious’ moments and a classic one-liner from Daniel Craig (if you haven’t seen the film I won’t spoil it by quoting though!)
There were a few downsides to the film, though. I was quite confused for most of the film…. this isn’t unusual for me (I watched LA Confidential and had very little idea what was going on for most of the time – I’m not good at names!). But apparently I wasn’t the only one who was confused, if our discussion after the fiml is anything to go by! I also felt like it didn’t quite live up to the standards of “Casino Royale” – that had some genuine tension, particularly during the poker game.
“Quantun of Solace”, on the other hand, just didn’t engage me in the same way – it felt a bit like it was desparately trying to, but not quite getting there. Perhaps it was trying too hard? Anyway.
It’s a decent film and worth seeing at the cinema, if you generally enjoy Bond films you won’t be disappointed. But don’t go if you’re expecting another ‘Casino Royale’ – i.e. lots of tension with not much action.
(Oh, I should also mention the theme tune by Jack White and Alicia Keys. In a word: disappointing. Muse would have done a much better Bond theme. They’ve already written songs which have titles like Bond films – ‘Ruled by Secrecy’ sounds like a Bond film to me!)