Barely a Quantum and not much Solace

We went to see “Quantum of Solace” a few days ago.

What a disappointment.

Where do I start?

Where is the wit and humour? No jokes, no puns, no witty one-liners. 

Where was Q and the gadget factory? The only gadgets here were the phone (OK, it was¬†pretty cool), and the table-surface-info-screen thingy used by M’s rent-a-geek. So somebody finally found a use for the “table-surface user interface. Wheeee!

This film had loads of action. So much damn action that I got lost in it. The good and bad guys all looked much alike, and half the time the minor players were on screen for such a short time that it was impossible to remember what they looked like or who they were, or whose side they were on.

Daniel Craig spent the whole time giving one of his 3 trade-marked looks: Insolent, Insulted, or Injured. That last one was easy to tell because of blood. The other two are hard to tell apart. He’s wooden. Can we have a real Bond, now, please?

The film is 106 minutes, and should have been 10 to 15 minutes longer. The must be hundreds of feet of film sitting on the cutting room floor. Either that or we have a “directors cut” in the wings.

Things that were cut were important: like a warning going off in the aeroplane: we get a brief shot of a warning lamp flashing but no time at all to read the text around it. We need to know! Does this mean low fuel, too low, bad guy behind you? It’s important!!

The locations were scattered all over the world, and we had brief introductions to each location with a 1950’s style text appearing “Bolivia”, “Moscow” and so on. But how did he get there? And in half the cases, why the heck was he there at all? It was not even clear why some of the locations were important.

I’m going to have to watch Casino Royale again, and then this, again. After 2 or maybe 3 viewings, it might begin to make sense. Perhaps I’ll wait for that Directors Cut.

2 out of 5.

And a score of 1 out of 5 for Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza, who could not figure out how to keep the theatre lights OFF for the duration of the film. Bringing the house lights up 1/2 an hour from the end is not a good idea. Flicking them on and off, and bringing the cleaning lights up is even worse. All cinemas struggle to get more than 3 out of 5 from me – lousy seating, poor cleaning, and way-expensive ice-creams do not aid their cause. At least keep the bloody lights turned off during the screening!

2 Comments

I’ve never actually read any of Ian Fleming’s novels but someone told me the ‘new’ bond is more in keeping with his style and that all the ‘fun’ stuff was the invention of the movie makers,Daniel Craig is just all wrong . . . we need a new Sean Connery!

Comment by Baino | January 6th, 2009 6:33 am | Permalink

I’m with Banno – never read the books and only suffered through a couple of the movies. And the title ‘Quantum of Solace’ would have to be one of the most pompously empty ones in recent history.

….but then again, I loved MamaMia, so what do I know? :)

Comment by Kath Lockett | January 7th, 2009 6:11 pm | Permalink

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