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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Movie Reviews: "Quantum Of Solace" And "Twilight"

I saw a couple of movies this week: the new James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" and the chick-flick "Twilight". I ended up disappointed with both.

I was really looking forward to "Quantum of Solace", both because I thought the last Bond Film, "Casino Royale", was the 3rd best movie I've seen so far in the Naughties (behind "Serenity" and "The Dark Knight"), and because I thought it had a really cool name. It turns out they should have called it "The Bond Supremacy". I'm serious -- it's not the director's fault, but all the potentially good stuff had already been done before, and better, in "The Bourne Ultimatum". What this movie does is advance the story in a workmanlike manner; you learn a little more about the re-tooled Bond, but it mainly just sets us up for the next movie. I didn't feel I wasted my money, but it's not a movie I'd stop to watch again if I see it on cable. Overall, I give it 3 Goldfinger-inspired murdered Bond lovers out of five.

We went to the midnight showing of "Twilight" on Thursday night. As expected, the audiences were about 85% female; surprisingly, though, there seemed to be a lot of adult females as well. I blame this on the fact that there are lots of us Mormons here in Meridian; you see, the "Twilight" series of books has become quite viral among LDS women and teens, to the detriment of us Mormon men and young men. "Why aren't you romantic like Edward?", we hear. Being well trained, we resist the urge to respond, "It's because we're not fictional romantic characters written by a woman, that's why!" In any event, I was hoping the movie might have some good guy stuff in it; after all, it's about vampires. Unfortunately, it featured mainly lots of longing looks, along with a thinly-buried allegory about how people (vampires, in this case) can overcome their natural inclination to do bad by self-discipline. There were some funny scenes, however. As I left the theater, I came upon my youngest, who had been in another theater (couldn't be seen with the parents) ranting about how bad the movie was. "THX 1138 was worse, The DaVinci Code was worse, and there were maybe a couple of other worse movies, but this one is definitely in the bottom five", he declaimed to looks of agreement from the guys in his party and gasps of horror from the girls. I didn't agree it was that bad, but I did give it only 2 romantic vampires out of five. (My wife and daughter, on the other hand, want to go see it again. Since I met my quarterly chick-flick requirement with this one, I'll give it a pass.)

Update 1759 04 Dec: Here's a short video of my youngest expanding on his opinions about the movie.


Anonymous Clay Bowler said...

I am very disappointed in what I keep hearing aobut the new Bond movie. When they announced Daniel Craig as the new Bond, I didn't think it was going to work. Then I rented Casino Royale, and without a doubt, thought it was the best Bond movie to date. I liked the updated franchise, and thougt the more serious approach made a better movie. I was hoping the new movie would top Casino Royale. I guess I hoped for too much.

11/23/2008 5:18 AM

Blogger Subvet said...

"Why aren't you romantic like Edward?", we hear. Being well trained, we resist the urge to respond, "It's because we're not fictional romantic characters written by a woman, that's why!"

Reminds me of the answer Jack Nicholson gives a woman in "As Good As It Gets" when she asks how he can write so convincingly like a woman; "I think of a man and take away intelligence and common sense."

Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

11/23/2008 1:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've not seen "Quantum of Solace" yet. After reading the last 2 comments and hearing similar thoughts from my friends, I begin to wonder if I should wait till the movie comes out on HBO or Cinemax.

Since I have next Thursday & Friday off from work, I'll probably go ahead and take the girlfriend to see it since she likes Daniel Craig. (That simple feature might get me out of the extra duty of having to attend the next big chick Flick with her that comes out.)

"Quantum of Solace" can't be too bad after spending $26.00 on a pair of tickets + another $12.00 to $15.00 at the popcorn & candy counter at our local AMC, with stadium seating...(Gee, I can't forget that grand feature now can I?) Plus, I'd like to see where the storyline picks up after "Casino Royal." So I guess I'll see what I can see next week.

Oh' here's a movie question for ya.
What's the worst Chick Flick that you other Gents were forced to sit through with your wife or girlfriend? 2 or 3 months ago, my GF rented "The English patient." I fell asleep half way through it and got bitched at for it there after...Lol.

Thanks, J.

11/23/2008 3:50 PM

Anonymous TJ said...

I don't go to too many movies, but I went to see Quantum last night. I made the mistake of paying my money without having seen Casino Royale.

As far as I could tell, there was a lot of fights, chases, and explosions, and there was a matter of a dead lover to get vengenace for. Other than that the movie seemed to have no plot at all. It didn't make any sense whatsoever and the stunts were so over the top it was ridiculous.

I wish I had my almost $30 back.

The popcorn was ok though, but how in the world do they get away with calling that oily stuff butter? If McDonalds can't say milkshake why can the movies say butter?

11/24/2008 2:15 PM

Anonymous BillH said...

Bubblehead, you're a brave man going to the vampire movie in the theater. I fulfil my "chick flick" quota with a Netflix disk every few weeks. And thanks for the review... I'll save my $$ and just wait until the Bond movie comes in the red envelope.

11/25/2008 6:26 PM

Anonymous Will said...

I also thought the movie was crap what really made me mad was that they didn't act like vampires They can stand in sunlight and they also have reflections I will never want to watch this movie again the plot is to common, girl falls for boy, boy dosent want to then does, they end witha happly ever after till the second one comes out >(

11/26/2008 8:20 AM

Anonymous coffee said...

i don't understand what is the appeal of Robert Pattinson (Edward from Twilight); he has an unusually shaped nose

1/17/2009 3:30 PM


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