November 12, 2012
If you're looking for a colorful Bond to do amazing stunts, romance gorgeous women, and save the day all while looking elegantly cool with a wry wit, then avoid this movie. Here Bond is presented as burnt out, desperately needing a break, diagnosed by M16 with "a pattern of alcohol and substance abuse", and unable to get respect from the younger M16 spies. M (the divine Judi Dench) is confusedly referenced as "Mom" by her spies and underlings until the viewer figures out OMG they meant this? Turns out Bond had severe childhood trauma having been orphaned at a young age, which led to M raising and/or recruiting him (it's unclear).
The villain is poorly sketched in motivation and action. Despite Javier Bardem's great performance, the viewer is given nothing to chew on.
What in the world? This movie lets down on most levels. The cinematography is dark/grey/murky, making Daniel Craig's appearance seem depressed and pouty as if he's saying "what am I doing here, this isn't fun!"
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