James Bond movies should not be boring. No movie should be. But with James Bond, it should be pretty easy to make it not boring. But somehow, Quantum of Solace (2008) managed to make it boring. I think its boring for two simple reasons.
First, I just want to say that Daniel Craig still kills it in the roll of James Bond in this movie. He is really the only redeeming part of this movie. Well, Judy Dench is also pretty good. But I assume that goes without saying.
A particularly bad part of this movie is the villain. You go from the incredible Mads Mikkelsen to… um… One second…. I have to look up the actor… Mathieu Amalric… Yeah, I don’t know either. Regardless, its a step down. Mikkelsen’s character is an intimidating guy. The bad guy of this movie is just some dude. I honestly don’t remember anything about his character or his evil plan or anything. That’s a bad thing. A very bad thing. It just adds to my claim that this movie is boring.
The second thing about this movie is that the action scenes are lame. They just aren’t very memorable. I mean, there is a fight on some scaffolding that’s pretty cool. But that’s it! One scene in a action spy movie! How does that happen? I don’t even remember the other ones! That’s a problem! I literally just watched the movie. The only other one that I kind or remember is the one that ends with Bond jumping out of a plane. And I only remember that one because he pulls his parachute a second before he hits the ground and walks away fine. I’m willing to accept a certain level of suspension of disbelief when it comes to action movies but it needs to earn it.
Essentially, what I’m trying to say is , the movie is boring. The villain isn’t compelling and his evil scheme isn’t very memorable and the action scenes just do not hold up compared to the previous Daniel Craig Bond movie. It’s just kind of sad. Casino Royal (2006) is great. I love Skyfall (2012). Spectre (2015) is OK. And I can’t wait for the No Time To Die (Release date pending whether or not people actually start wearing mask and social distancing). It’s just sad that this boring movie sits in the middle of an otherwise entertaining film franchise. I do plan on watching the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies soon. Maybe they will make Quantum of Solace better by comparison.