Quantum Of Solace

Quantum Of Solace

First off let me state that Daniel Craig is an excellent choice to pick up the James Bond legacy. He is the wit, class of the character combined with the lightning fast merciless style you expect from a secret agent with a license to kill. The actor is great, but I think the character he is suppose to be playing should put his unique license to good use and shoot his writing staff between the eyes.

I made the mistake of not watching Casino Royale before watching Quantum. Afterwards I remedied that problem because I was hoping there would be some kind of clue as to why they allowed the second film to be made. Quantum of Solace is not a James Bond movie at all. It’s more like a second rate secret agent flick that someone paid the James Bond crew to act out for them. Since Casino Royale was suppose to be based on James becoming a 00 agent I allowed certain things to slide but Quantum crossed the line, or rather they forgot to cross at James Bond blvd and instead got off at Pathetic Ave.

One notable thing about James Bond films is their everlasting appeal and the franchise is one of the most popular ones of the 20th century, with only Harry Potter films coming closer to it in stature and strong appeal among the viewers around the world. It doesn’t matter if it is Craig, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan or George Lazenby playing Bond but what matters is that it is relatable to one and all and each actor has given it his own unique touch and not make it appear stale and jaded and one that is still popular on cyberflix.

What you are watching in this film is actually the extended cut of Casino Royale which is the only thing that could explain the lack of gadgets, shady villains, and storyline. This movie must be the second in a trilogy, I’m sure that must have been announced at some point to the public, but I didn’t hear it because that kind of thing goes against the new mission each movie James Bond format. I assumed no one would be stupid enough to go against a known and loved format as the world learned how awful that is after the release of Star Wars one through three. However a trilogy it must be considering the linking storyline and the open ending of the second film. I really hope the writers don’t claim they were trying to reinvent Bond with these films because reinvention usually means they are trying to improve the original design. So really what Quantum embodies is the idiotic bile that happens between point A and point B in a story plot. This is the kind of stuff that has to happen for everything to make sense in the next film and probably would be better skipped so the third film has a bit of mystery to it. Having told everyone that I really should just stop writing right there, but since they bothered to make this film I’m going to bother picking it apart with my critic hacksaw.

Let us start with the gadgets and the cool super car by asking, where are they? The first movie at least had the decency to combine the gadgets with the car, but we have nothing in this film. I assume it has something to do with James going a bit rogue because Mi6 is too picky about who he can go around killing. So he tightens his belt, says good bye to his fancy ways and heads off into the sunrise with a chip on his chip. He later teams up with others with chips on their shoulders as well and they all go searching for dip, actually several mysterious dips.

Next on the list is the villainy in the film. The main person that James is after is a representative for some shadowy company called Quantum, whom horrible crime seems to be extorting water rights in third world countries. This sounds a bit like whoever these evil people are behind the curtain are just trying to own everything to get rich. I think the writers are trying to reflect that Big Corporation is trying to own and control you through these films or perhaps that government hates competition, I can’t decide. Honestly though, the villain in this movie is a skinny spoiled rich boy, and flunky sidelong by two other rich boys. They all don’t fair too well against a 00 agent. At least the guy the femme fatale is chasing in the film is a power hungry torturing rapist General and you feel a sense of justice when he dies. Rich boy is just a corporate puppet that kills people for petty reasons like they looked at him funny.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Quantum of Solace is just bad, bad writing. If they had wanted to release this film they should have done it separate from the Bond name despite the linking storyline. Please do yourselves all a favour don’t rent it, if it turns out to be a trilogy and is released as part of a three piece box set, skip this one when you are watching it, then it may feel a bit more like two different missions that way. Get some justice for those fans of Casino Royale that lost their money at the theatre the night Quantum of Solace was playing.

Top 8 Comedy Movies of all time

Top 8 Comedy Movies of all time

I’ve seen my share of movies this past year. More often than not, I choose to spend 10 bucks and a couple hours to watch something that aims to make me laugh and forget about my troubles. Most comedies nowadays disappoint but there are some that hit the mark and these movies made it to the list of best comedies released in 2008:

  1. Burn After Reading – This dark comedy by the Coens really delivers. It’s about these wacky characters who are connected to one another in strange ways and the hilarity it ensued as one crazy event led to another. The standout performances of the actors in this movie is noteworthy, especially Brad Pitt’s turn as a gym instructor.
  2. Step Brothers – The humor in this movie is silly funny. It may not be for everyone, and some labeled it as immature and ridiculous, but for the kids at heart, this movie is a laugh fest. Will Ferrell is a force to behold when it comes to portraying childish insane characters.
  3. Tropic Thunder – It is a hilarious parody of other movies with the premise of shooting a movie within a movie. It pokes fun at the movie star lifestyle and the producers and managers as well. Ben Stiller is a genius for directing and starring in this comedic masterpiece. Tom Cruise’s cameo is a must-see.
  4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – This is a romantic comedy in the likes of Knocked Up, considering they’re from the same creators. It is mostly sex humor but it also has another side to it that is sweet and endearing.
  5. Role Models – A lot of people found this funny, myself included. It’s Big Brother premise, with the characters on probation who were forced to impart wisdom to the young ones, has all the ingredients for hilarious scenarios and non-stop laughter.
  6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno – Kevin Smith still hasn’t lost it. He creates characters that are lovable and whom you’ve learned to care for in the course of the movie. It just has the right balance of raunchy jokes and heartwarming romance to make a good movie.
  7. Pineapple Express – This action-filled comedy flick had a number of laugh-out-loud scenes. The leads turned in hilarious performances as they were thrown to one strange scenario to another, and James Franco was even nominated for a Golden Globe. The car chase has got to be the funniest thing I’ve seen this year. Even if you’re not into drugs, like myself, you’ll still have an enjoyable time watching this.
  8. Get Smart – Steve Carell brings out laughs once again in this action comedy after seeing fewer pranks on genvideos which gave him idea about the generous comedy topics. He made the lead character Maxwell Smart his own. He also had good on-screen chemistry with Anne Hathaway who played Agent 99. This TV adaptation will bring back fond memories of the older viewers and the silliness factor will entertain younger ones.

There you have it: this year’s funny movies. It is interesting to note the emergence of new funny actors that people watch out for, such as Seth Rogen, who has two movies in the list. Then there are the seasoned comedians whose movies are either make or break nowadays, like Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell. Two of my favorite comedy actors didn’t impress me with their movies this year: Adam Sandler’s “Dont Mess with the Zohan” and Jim Carrey’s “The Yes Man”. I hope these actors fare better in 2009. Something to look forward for 2009 is the team-up of Sandler and Rogen in “Funny People” with none other than Judd Apatow at the helm. I predict this will be a huge hit. Then there’s also Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” – his turn as a gay fashionista, Isla Fisher’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel’s “I Love You, Man”, another Rogen flick “Observe and Report”, Stiller’s “Night at the Museum” sequel, Ferrell’s “Land of the Lost”, Jack Black and Michael Cera’s “Year One”, and veteran actors Robin Williams and John Travolta in a buddy comedy “Old Dogs”. So which one are you lining up for?