007 December – Quantum of Solace (2008) – Oracle of Film


007-December Blogathon

For the first review of Quantum of Solace (2008), here is a review by Luke of Oracle of Film

Thanks again Luke!

 

quantum of solace1QUANTUM OF SOLACE

 

When you can’t tell your friends from your enemies, it’s time to go.

 

Number of Times Seen: 2

 

Brief Synopsis: Bond chases up on Quantum, the organisation behind LeChiffre, and uncovers a deadly conspiracy.

 

My Take On It: There a few things one must remember before reviewing Quantum of Solace. One, it followed what could be the best James Bond movie of all time, Casino Royale. Two, this was a film made during the writer’s strike, so if you question the precision of the quips and the direction of the script, there was a massive obstacle for the film crew to take on. Therefore, when we come to the conclusion that this is a below par Bond, it is easy to see where it went wrong.

 

But did it? Ok, yes, the script is poor and it becomes a taxing effort to understand what is going on. But the talent is still there. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are still knocking the ball out of the park, the two most exciting things Bond has ever gotten hold of. Olga Kurylenko might suffer by not actually being a Bond girl in every sense of the word, but her character is an interesting one, and at the very least, isn’t frustratingly simpering. The villain suffers from a script that drops him, but Matthieu Amalric almost rises above it, chilling and eerie in his performance. If the performances and characters don’t interest you, then you have no choice but to admire the cinematography. The direction is breath-taking from the opening car chase to the cat and mouse chase in the Tosca opera. There is a good movie hidden here; it just didn’t work out as well as it could have.

 

I refuse to defend Alicia Keys though. Just… just no!

 

Bottom Line: Like Die Another Day, I firmly believe this one deserves a second chance. It still boasts talent and fun.

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