Quantum of boredom

bond1Quantum of Solace, the latest Bond film, seems to have had universally bad reviews, but I thought I’d see it anyway. I have to say, it was tedious. Which is the very last thing a Bond film should be. It’s a shame, because I think Daniel Craig had the makings of a good Bond in Casino Royale, and Judi Dench as M is always excellent. But this film is all style and no substance – for substance read “plot”, “drama”, “emotion” or anything else a good film should have. Yes, there are a lot of car and boat chases, and lots of fights, but someone should point out to the production team that these things only create tension and suspense if the plot is interesting/in existence. Besides, the camera crew seemed at times to have a bad case of DT, similar to The Bourne Ultimatum, an extreme case of shaky camera which gave me motion sickness. Frankly, I was bored with Quantum, which is a pity – I don’t think the Bond film has had its day, as some critics have said; I think, with a new lease of life and a new Bond, there are still places for it to go; but apparently, Bolivia isn’t one of them, or at least not with such dullness. Bond’s desire for revenge after the death of Vesper could have been more gripping, and the best scenes of this film are those which show the conflict of interest between Bond and M, but the intrinsic drama of the situation was mismanaged. The scenery, the women, the chases are still there, but somehow it’s just hard to get interested.

 

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