Monday, 5 November 2012
I was not overly enamoured with this film. I'm not a huge Bond fan anyway - I've actually only seen the Daniel Craig ones and the God-awful Moonraker (don't ask) - but I was looking forward to this film immensely. The universe conspired to keep us apart, and I was actually feeling terrible when I finally sat down to see it. It's just a cold, but sometimes just a cold can make you feel rotten and I suspect I would have enjoyed the film more had I been feeling better myself. Anyway, my main issues with this film were, in no particular order:
1) It's too long. 2 hours 20 minutes isn't terribly long by recent film standards, but the opening felt dreadfully slow. I think the problem is the credits sequence, which I'm led to believe is a Bond staple. It's too long and it was put too far into the film. It would have been fine after just a couple of scenes, but it occurs too far in and just disrupts the flow of the film.
2) Javier Bardem is not in it enough. He was fantastic. In villain terms, think Heath Ledger's Joker. He was excellent. Unfortunately, and this ties into problem number one, we don't get our first glimpse of him until over an hour into the film. We all know he's the main villain, which makes everything that comes before his first appearance feel a bit redundant. It's not, it's all relatively important, but it feels redundant. Even after Bardem appears, he's not in it very much. It's a testament to how well written and acted the character is that he makes such an impact with such minimal screen time. I was reminded of Hannibal Lecter, who apparently was actually only featured on something like six pages of the book (I wish I could be more specific, but I've never actually read any of the books).
3) Okay, this really probably is a spoiler. The stuff in the house, when they're preparing for attack, (that's vague enough to not be a spoiler, right?)...did that part make anyone else think of Home Alone? Seriously, that just popped into my head and kind of ruined the finale of the film for me. They should have been better than stealing from Home Alone. I'm sure it's a coincidence, but it completely undermined the film for me.
4) Daniel Craig wears too many clothes. Hey, I'm shallow, what are you going to do about it?