“A full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon.”~Roger Ebert
Aroview: Bond’s 50th anniversary outing is his most spectacular and serious yet, with 007 drawn back to London, and eventually his Scottish homeland, in defense/escape of a concerted attack on MI6, lead by a vengeful former agent (Javier Bardem).
Under the classy direction of Sam Mendes, this plays to type with out-of-this-world locations and exciting set pieces in never ending supply, while also subtly rejuvenating the Bond universe with the injection of new cast members in familiar or overlooked supporting roles. Daniel Craig is once again dependably muscular and rough-around-the-edges, although it is Bardem’s over-the-top, slightly campy turn as the main villain that helps maintain a perfect equilibrium between the old and the new.
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3 stars (Good Enough) Not bad for a blockbuster, I guess, and Deakins' camerawork was ravishing, but it struck me as smug and tedious. It would only have taken a couple of keystrokes for Harris' character to end up with the top job, but I guess that's for another century...~HiFi