For some reason, this was the only Bond movie of my time (my time being the Brosnan and Craig eras) that I hadn’t seen before I watched all the Bond movies right after I graduated college. I’d seen all the other Brosnan films, but for some reason, not this one.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. I remember seeing it the first time, having in the back of my head that it was one of the stronger films, but when I saw it, I went, “I didn’t really love that,” and I had that moment we all kind of do when we’re late to the party on something other people love and we don’t have that reaction. Usually it’s (unless you’re being spiteful) to keep quiet and don’t say anything and sort of go along through silence. I just — didn’t love the film. It was okay. I liked parts and all, but the whole thing just didn’t grab me.
Then, when I watched it this second time (with a better grasp on Bond and what I like and dislike about the franchise), I really firmly decided that I didn’t much care for this movie. Mostly it’s from the top down. I don’t like the plot, I don’t like the villain, I think the Bond girl is terribly wasted and could have been anyone. I think they don’t use M nearly enough. I think the action sequences are just okay. I think the henchmen are generic. Really the only things I liked about this film are the opening sequence, the car park chase, and The Doctor. And even the first two, not so much.
This film is just generic to me. There’s really nothing to differentiate it from other Bond movies except for the fact that it’s recent, so it’s more watchable than something like For Your Eyes Only. It’s not a bad movie, I just don’t really care for it all that much.
I love Tangled. So much. I was practically giddy when I saw this. This movie does almost everything right. All my quibbles about it are minor (songs aren’t that good compared to the “Classic” Disney stuff, CG and not hand-drawn, still has a few annoying modern animated movie traits), and even so — it barely fits into the category of quibble-worthy for all of that stuff.
The movie itself is gorgeous, it’s funny as hell, always entertaining, and in all conjures up some of the best Disney moments they’ve done since their Renaissance. If they can put out something like this every year or other year — they’re doing all right by themselves.
Plus, it’s not even racist! I don’t think I spotted one really racist thing in this movie. Which is just a huge step for them. (Though again, with the CG. It’s just not you, Disney.)