Things aren’t looking so good for Bond. They may have set the bar a little too high with Casino Royale. Even though we’re still weeks away from opening night, less than enthusiastic reviews have started to spread on the web. Some people are stating that this is the best action film ever, others are not so kind. Apparently the films action sequences will blow your mind, but the witty banter has been dulled down for sex scenes and explosions. Maybe they would have been better off with a longer cut?
Check out some clips from reviews below:
- Times Online: “There are hand-to-hand fights that make your eyes water and old-school stunts involving motorbikes, speedboats, jet fighters and expensive cars that give you whiplash just looking at them. Really, nobody does it better than the new 007… Needless to say the plot is as forbidding as the title.”
- Indie London: “Quantum of Solace quickly establishes itself as an action movie of high pedigree… But while Bond proves himself perfectly capable of existing (and mixing it) in a Jason Bourne world, this 22nd 007 adventure then fails to make the most of its ample opportunity. Rather than achieving a fine blend of high-concept thrills and intelligent emotion, Quantum seems content merely to continue blowing stuff up.”
- The Sun: “The actor transformed suave Bond into a gritty killing machine in 2006 hit Casino Royale and here the violence is ramped up to Rambo proportions…The smartass quips and camp gadget-king Q have also been axed. And for the first time the immortal line ‘The name’s Bond, James Bond’ is not used… So this film is not as ground-breaking as Casino Royale. But it will kick the living daylights out of any rival action-hero franchises.”
- The Guardian: “This didn’t excite me as much as Casino Royale and the villain is especially underpowered… I was disappointed there was so little dialogue, flirtation and characterisation in this Bond: Forster and his writers Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade clearly thought this sort of sissy nonsense has to be cut out in favour of explosions. Well, perhaps that is what Bond fans want (not this Bond fan, though). But I was also baffled that relatively little was made of the deliciously villainous Amalric: especially the final encounter.
- The Daily Mirror: “Quantum of Solace is a leaner, meaner animal, rammed with shoot-outs, a boat chase and even an aerial dogfight. And our hero is an angry, embittered man out for blood. Mostly it doesn’t feel like a Bond film at all. Not once does Craig say: “The name’s Bond. James Bond.” There’s no Q or his gadgets. Heck, we even see Bond in a cardigan. There are no risque quips or arched eyebrows…It doesn’t disappoint – just don’t expect the brilliance of Casino Royale.”
Released in the states November 14th.