If my inner 10 year-old is right (and he almost always is) bodily function jokes are hilarious. I hope you enjoyed the burping, stink lines and all!
Quantum of Solace was the big box office winner this weekend, crushing the competition with a near $71 million take. What's more surprising is that it raked in another $30 million on top of Casino Royale. So I guess we can consider this a mandate from the people - Daniel Craig is the balls.
I went to see QoS by myself on Friday night. I can't remember the last time I went to a movie on opening night. At least not since Henry was born. These days, I catch a lot of matinees. Which kind of sucks because you don't get the same community movie-going experience. But, on the other hand, you have to put up with a lot less crap.
My showing was sold out and since I was flying solo, people we bouncing me around all over the theater asking if I could move down one, move over here, move over there... I'm usually pretty accommodating. But after the third time, I stayed put. Don't ask me to move after the the movie has started. Get here early next time!
Even though Cami liked Casino Royale, she wasn't interested in seeing Quantum of Solace. I asked her why and she said she felt like she had no stake in the movie and that it wasn't advertised to her at all. She had no idea what it was about and no interest in seeing it.
She wasn't dismissive toward QoS, just not involved. And I think this is very telling.
Obviously MGM had a reason to promote Casino Royale to everyone and their grandmother two years ago. They had a new Bond and it was essentially a reboot of the franchise. Spread the message far and wide. But I think the studio was a little complacent advertising QoS, perhaps relying a little too much on Casino Royale's reputation to put them over the top. I talked to a few other friends whose wives and girlfriends weren't interested in seeing QoS for similar reasons.
I guess the gamble paid off if the movie did $30 million over Casino Royale's opening weekend box office. I just thought it was an interesting observation.
As for the movie itself, I've read several reviews that have called it "brutally efficient" and I would say that is the most apt description. Several of the action sequences take after the Bourne movies and force you to "eat the action" with a lot of hand held close-up shots. That's fine if the action sequences are staged well. Here, they look like a monkey humping a coconut. It's hard to tell what's going on.
Daniel Craig is excellent as Bond. His steel blue eyes dare you to look away lest he snap your neck.
Not a lot of gadgets on display. The movie seems content to "push" existing technology into a more fantastic realm. Super powerful mini-cameras tied to a criminal database, GPS, that sort of thing.
Even the Bond women are toned down a notch. Not a lot of sex or innuendo. One quick roll in the hay and it's over. This Bond is all about kicking ass and chewing bubble gum and he's all out of bubble gum.
I have more to say about the plot of the movie. Specifically the ending - how it works while you're watching it, but left scratching your head afterwords. If you're interested to hear more, tune in to The Triple Feature podcast tonight at 9:00PM CST over at Talkshoe.com.
I mentioned this last week, but Joe, Gordon and I all have several big anniversaries to celebrate this week as well. Gordon hit #300 at Multiplex last week and Joe Loves Crappy Movies crossed the #400 strip milestone as well. Wednesday, I cross #900 and collectively, the three of us are inching up toward #100 recorded episodes of The Triple Feature. Seems like a good opportunity for a little introspection if there ever was any. Be sure to tune in tonight for the lowdown on that.
One last thing... In anticipation of Wall-E coming out on DVD tomorrow, I'm going to be posting all sorts of little bits and bytes to get you excited about the movie. Today, I have a half dozen clips from the film and they're all great. So check them out and don't forget to buy Wall-E on DVD this Tuesday.
Also don't forget to come back to the site tomorrow when I post my full review of the 3-disc Special Edition! It's good stuff!
Anyway, the clips. Enjoy and I'll see you here tomorrow!
It was good, but I wish Jared would have picked a different showing. The theater was packed!
Why didn’t you suggest a different time?
Cami, my dad taught me three things about being a man.
1. Beer before liquor, never sicker. 2. Women LOVE a guy who can belch the alphabet, and 3. always drop what you’re doing to see a Bond movie with a buddy.
Wow. Your dad really messed you up, didn’t he?
Y- E- S!