Just got back from seeing this . Have to say very impressed. Its quite overwhelming actually, look forward to seeing it again. I was sat in the front row - lucky to get a ticket, didn't expect it to be that busy! so it was pretty much in my face, so might see it again later this week and try and get a back seat seat and just take it all in.
I enjoyed it for what a bond film doesn't normally do, and as a trade off, we were treated to some old school throw backs as well. So the whole film settled well with me.
Firstly, I loved the focus on M. M was the bond girl in this film, and that impressed me a lot, and allowed a more deeper, developed bond film. And kudos to . The gentle exploration of bond background was well done, and the mothering figure of her character was well written for both bond and Badem character.
I have to say though, Casino Royale was bourne dressed up as bond, and this was very much, infact a lot, The Dark Knight trilogy dressed up as bond.
Its interesting that two films written at the same time can be so similar (DK rises) - the idea of bond coming from a hole like batman and bane, and the idea of two people going through the same motions resulting in 'black and white' outcomes. The uses of fear. And in general badem character and the motions he goes through - could easily be pulled from the batman universe. The general direction, and soundtrack was the DK trilogy down to a tee, specifically in the set peices. But there was enough style and substance of its own to make this unique.
The cinematographer deserves a massive shout out. Some amazing shots. And Sam mendez direction, and what he brings to films in general was allowed to flourish.
Javier badem! what a man. Probably has now played two of the best villians ever in cinema (this and anton from No country for old men). Superb.
The ending, i quite enjoyed, i mentioned up above i enjoyed it for what a bond film doesn't normally do, i liked it in that his mission was different, but actually doing what he is employed for - to protect his country.
For some people i can understand that the unconvential bond film not being played out might rub people up the wrong way - but the compromises were worth it. The komodo dragon, the car, certain characters, jokes were great to see.
The build up was slow - i normally don't mind this, i perfer slow burning films, but for parts of the film i was wondering where it was going. Parts of the script felt dead, and the pace felt a bit lifeless at times, but the pay off for me was worth it. I'm really looking forward to seeing it again and knowing what happens how it all fits in.
Also disapointed the agents identity storyline was sort of shelved, and the opening credits was a bit meh.
But A great film to celebrate 50 years of bond.
a very good 9/10 atm.
Edited by joelstinton at 01:01:12 01-11-2012