Editor’s Note: As with many of our Ten and Five articles, this article does contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned.
While you can’t argue with a $70 million opening weekend, Quantum of Solace has been getting decidedly mixed reviews from many critics, with some loving the darker Bond and at least an equal number absolutely hating it. I thought it was far from perfect and wasn’t nearly as good as Casino Royale, but I that there was plenty to enjoy.
Ten Things I Liked
10. The Opening Credits. I liked the song alright after initially not being totally on board, but I thought after a slow start the opening credits were cool, mostly because they brought back the nude girl silhouettes.
9. The Future. The QUANTUM storyline has given us a wide variety of high level bad guys for Bond to take on, which can open the franchise up to realistic villains and realistic threats for Bond to whip the ass of.
8. Athleticism. Compared to other Bonds, this guy is a superstar athlete. Daniel Craig’s 007 could, without a doubt, whip the ass of any previous Bond and beat them in a foot race or jumping contest.
7. Oil Homage. Duplicating the famous death of Jill Masterson in Goldfinger was a nice touch.
6. Walther PPK. This small handgun had been absent from the last few films, but the traditional Bond sidearm is back in a big way this time around.
5. Motorcycle flip. When Bond twists the throttle and sends the rider flying it’s awesome and stylish.
4. Olga Kurylenko. She plays a cool character and is totally hot. Can’t understand why Bond didn’t kick game on her.
3. Ass Whooping. James Bond took the label of “blunt instrument” and ran a marathon with it, beating the crap out of a dozen or more people and coming off like a total badass, dangerous superspy.
2. Body Damage. While he may pull off some amazing feats, Bond isn’t invincible and takes his fair share of bumps, bruises, cuts, and dings.
1. Daniel Craig. Craig is a total badass and a great choice for Bond. I’m very glad he’s signed on for more films as he is a sure thing to be immortalized in at least the Top 2 Bonds of all time.
Five Things I Didn’t Like
5. Location Cards. I didn’t like how every time the film went to a new city there was a very large title card announcing the location. It felt out of place in a Bond film.
4. Not Enough Sex. I get that we’re slowly building Bond as a character, but we could totally do with more hot women exposing various amounts of skin.
3. Lack of Dialog. There was a ton of action in Quantum of Solace, which didn’t give Bond enough time to be Bond and lay out some clever Bondisms and express his wit.
2. Missing Bond Elements. The relaunched Bond at times seems as though its in danger of forgetting why we want to see the film in the first place – It’s James Bond. There are things that we don’t miss – silly gadgets and lame action sequences. But there are things we do miss – Bond saying his name, ordering martinis, sleeping around; things like that.
1. Marc Forster/Editing Decisions. There is no denying that Quantum of Solace borrowed a touch too much from the Bourne series of films. With shakey camera, fast editing, and lots of jumping, the blame must be laid on Forster, who probably wasn’t qualified to take this type of film on yet. It’s ironic, considering Bourne clearly borrowed from Bond, now we’ve come into some sort of nonsensical circle. Hopefully in the next installment, we shift away from the hyper-camera and settle it down. I’m all for a dark and serious Bond, but I don’t want to get a Bourne clone or lose those classic Bond moments.
So there you have it, my 10 Likes and 5 Dislikes of Quantum of Solace. Obviously there are a lot of opinions on this film and I want to hear yours. Clearly, I enjoyed this film but definitely offer up that it wasn’t as good as Casino Royale and may have been a touch disappointing. I’m excited for the future of the franchise, especially if they hear our complaints about QoS and make the necessary adjustments.
What did you like or dislike about Quantum of Solace?