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Quantum of Solace

We saw this movie yesterday and I’d have to say I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve read that some people didn’t like it, that it was too much like the Bourne Identity, but I really didn’t see a similarity. There were car chases, hand-to-hand fighting and some running around, but you can also say the same of “The Transporter”.

I’ve also heard that people didn’t like this movie because it wasn’t really all that Bond-like. He never says “Bond, James Bond,” nor does he say that he’d like a vodka shaken, not stirred. And he also doesn’t sleep with every woman that he’s met. All those things don’t bother me. In this storyline there’s no reason why he’d say his name. Everyone knows who he is already. And he does drink vodka. They actually explain what exactly what’s in the vodka he’s drinking. And there’s no good way to write in sleeping with the main female character although he does sleep with another woman. Is sleeping with every woman he sees really that important to the Bond universe? I think not.

And I’m rather glad that there weren’t all those ridiculous gadgets and stupid lines. I mean, when you’ve already seen the invisible car in Die Another Day, and the line “I thought Christmas only came once a year” from The World is Not Enough, do you really need more of that? Did you not groan with dispair when you saw or heard that? I like that it’s a little bit more realistic.

I like this movie a lot. And there’s a real storyline coming through this series of Bond films. He’s experienced loss, then revenge. He’ll have redemption, I’m sure. There’s real continuity and I like it a lot. He may actually have some character growth. It’s not just a series of standalone ass-kicking.

And I’m glad to see Olga Kurlyenko playing something other than a slutty woman like she did in Hitman and Max Payne. I’m hoping she outgrows that because I like her. I think she’s pretty. I’d like to see her in more movies, but one that doesn’t sleep with anybody she sees.

Anyway, I’d suggest seeing the movie.

Originally published at Samantha Ling. You can comment here or there.


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Nov. 17th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
I liked it a lot too. I thought the scene on the plane where he's drinking the martinis he named after Vesper in "Casino Royale" was very touching. And I so don't need the gadgets. I did like the high-tech look when M & Co. were looking at database files and movements. And I really liked the opera house scene.
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, I liked the opera house scene too. I don't know, I always like it when they use opera music instead of a raging beat during fight scenes. It always sound so sad, like you shouldn't really be doing these things, but you have to.
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