42. Quantum of Solace
You know this isn’t a good Bond movie when i’m sitting here during the climax of the film just waiting for it to end. At the end of it I just put my finger up at the screen as the problem is with this film is that it’s just boring! Really boring! A boring film is worse than a terrible film as at least you can enjoy talking about how bad it is. With this it’s just boring and shite.
I first saw this film back in 2008 and wondered why critics hated it so much. I knew it wasn’t as good as Casino Royale but I didn’t think it was that bad. So I decided to re watch it and see whether I still liked it. Oh god don’t I regret it.
At the start of the month I rewatched CasinoRoyale and I have to say it’s one of the best action movies I’v ever seen. Well paced, well written and well directed. Quantum of Solace is none of those. The film drags on through this boring plot that really isn’t interesting. The director can’t shoot an action scene to save his life. It’s not Michael Bay bad but every single cut really took me out of the scene. I guess you could blame this on the editor but it’s the directors job to over see the editing and make sure shit like this doesn’t happen.
I’m not over exaggerating when I say there wasn’t a single good action scene. Not a single one. Every single one would be spoiled by either Bond becoming super human or the poor editing. I sound like i’m looking at the technical aspect of the film to have something to talk about but that’s the thing, it’s so noticeable and never lets you invest in the action.
In Casino Royale what made Bond interesting was that he became vulnerable. In this Bond is crashing through glass ceilings after falling out towers and literally gets straight up like it was a scratch. Even The Terminator would take a minute to get up after these ordeals. Daniel Craig is wasted on this film. He’s an incredible actor who has shown he’s perfect for the part but the writing lets him down. Bond makes so many stupid decisions just for the convenience of the plot it’s untrue.
Speaking of the plot it’s like the phantom menace. It goes into oil trade disputes. Wow I don’t even have to explain why that’s a stupid plot for a Bond film. However it’s all in the execution but again the film makers balls it up so much that it was never going to work.
I couldn’t tell you the name of “The Bond Girl” in this film. She leaves such little impact she was obviously only written into the film as all Bond films need a girl! I get that but why do they try and crowbar her into the plot so much when she really has no place being there.
The final nail in the coffin for me was the final scene. When Bond goes after Vespas old boyfriend for betraying her or something. I can’t really remember why it’s the ex-boyfriend’s fault as it’s mentioned for all of ten seconds at the start of the film and then the scene comes out of nowhere at the end.
However I didn’t care and thought maybe if this is done well then I might forgive the film. Of course it wasn’t! Instead of showing what Bond did it just awkwardly cuts to Bond leaving. This could be effective as it adds mystery. No they don’t bother with the ambiguous ending as Bond tells M he didn’t kill her!
This is a big scene! Bond is getting revenge on the man who caused the girl he loved to die! Why the fuck is it done so terribly? Before this final scene I was willing to just say it’s a boring action film. Except it’s not just that now. It’s an insult to a great movie before it and it’s no wonder it’s taken four years for them to be aloud to release another Bond film.
This film really isn’t worth the time of day. Watch Casino Royale instead and pretend this doesn’t exist like I do.