I’m conflicted about The World Is Not Enough. I enjoy the hell out of it, but for some reason, some parts of it just don’t sit right with me.
It’s one of those ones where, when I look at it on paper, all the checkmarks are there for a good Bond movie. And yet — it’s not quite there for me. I don’t know. It doesn’t quite finish the job. I think it’s an accumulation of a bunch of little things that seem curious to me — like M’s behavior throughout the film. Maybe it’s me having been spoiled from the Craig films, but it’s almost as if they didn’t know what to do with M for Brosnan. Her behavior from GoldenEye to this to Die Another Day (since she’s barely even in Tomorrow Never Dies) shifts drastically. It’s just confusing to me that she would randomly act this way. And then there’s the whole Elektra business, which, on paper, works completely and makes her one of the better villains for all time. But watching it — I don’t see it. I haven’t quite been able to figure out what it was that doesn’t quite work for me, but there’s something.
It’s just a bunch of stuff like that. I want to rank this film higher, but I just can’t. It just feels like it’s only just pretty good. (And notice, I’m not even mentioning Denise Richards. That doesn’t even bother me.) I was tempted to put it a little higher because it’s modern, and watches easier than the ones I ranked ahead of it, but I actually enjoy the other ones more. I’ll probably watch this one first (mostly because I grew up with it), but as a franchise film, it doesn’t work for me as well as some other ones.
But clearly it’s head and shoulders above all the ones ranked below it. That’s really all that matters. All that other stuff is about putting a number on it. Simply as a film, it’s a really good one.