I really like this one. I like that it’s not a standard Bond plot. Think about it — what’s this movie about? No world domination, no nuclear warheads, no assassinations — a world-class assassin’s mistress wants out, so she brings the only man the assassin respects enough as an adversary into his path, leading to an eventual showdown between the two. That’s the plot. Sure, there’s that solar thing as an added thing, but mostly this film is about Scaramanga vs. Bond. And I really like that.
This film has problems, though. I’ll admit that. As an entire film, it’s probably not as good as The World Is Not Enough. But I really like the interplay between Scaramanga and Bond, and I like that the structure isn’t typical Bond. Or, even if it kind of is, it doesn’t feel like a regular Bond movie. And I like when things break from the norm, structurally, especially Bond.
This film is pretty much one of those solid, middle-of-the-pack Bond films. It has problems, but it also has moments of greatness, and is thoroughly entertaining throughout. It’s not bad, and it’s not in that great section, but it’s definitely in that solid section right in between.
Last week, in Box Office…
I completely forgot about this article. I’m totally tuned out to whatever’s out until Skyfall. It’s really bad.
Paranormal Activity 4 opened to $29 million. That’s encouraging. They had to have expected 35-40, right? So I’m happy. They only spend $5 million on these movies anyway, so it’s not like they’re hurting for profit.
Argo, on the other hand, dropped only — wait for it — 15.5%! — and made $16.4 million. They’ve made their budget back on this one in theaters, and I couldn’t be happier. (Still haven’t seen it yet, though.)
Taken 2 dropped 40% and made another $13 million, which makes sense. They’ve made $100 million here off a $45 million budget, so good for them.
Hotel Transylvania made an even $13 million for the weekend. 25% drop. They’ve made $118 million here as of Monday, and honestly, good for them. The film wasn’t terrible, even though it wasn’t particularly great. (Too much of that modern animation bullshit. Pop culture references that won’t hold up past 2013.)
Alex Cross only opened to $11.4 million, which is a shame. But I haven’t seen it yet, so maybe it’s terrible. But they only spent $35 million on it, so maybe they’ll pull out a profit on it. I root for these movies that have smaller budgets, even if they end up not being very good. (more…)