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    Quantum of Solace

    I can't believe there isn't a thread for this yet, as it premiers tonight. As with every Bond film, I'm excited.

    From what I've seen in reviews, the movie itself doesn't fare that well, but Daniel Craig gets good remarks. I'm particularly excited to see what he will do, I really liked his preformance in Casino Royale.

    However, I don't know when I'll get to see it. It's a family tradition of ours to go all together (with the parents paying ) to see the new Bond movie, so we need to find some time that'll fit all of us (usually it's never time until after Christmas). We watched Casino Royale this weekend and it really made me want to see more.

    Anyone else as excited as me?

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    I'm definitely looking forward to it, but it doesn't come out in the US until 11/14 so I've got a couple of weeks of waiting to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by femme fatale;3226225;
    It's a family tradition of ours to go all together (with the parents paying ) to see the new Bond movie, so we need to find some time that'll fit all of us (usually it's never time until after Christmas).
    This made me laugh--that's our family tradition too! I don't think it'll happen this year unless QoS stays around in the theaters well into late December.

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    I don't think the movie is as bad as the reviewers make it out to be. It is definitely part 2 to part 1 Casino Royale. If you didn't see Casino Royale you may miss what Bond's motivation is. Is it a great Bond movie, no I don't think so, but it is not a bad Bond movie. There is a lot of action with which I do have a bone to pick. I have noticed in several major movies over the last 12 months or so that tend to have tedious long action sequences that move so fast that you cannot follow what is going on and on and on and on and wonder why am I watching this mayhem that is just a jumble of images that I paid $11 bucks for. Get on with it. The last Spiderman movie did it, the final battle scene in Transformers did, that god awful Angelina assassin movie did it and the opening fight scenes in the Bond movie did it. All right, all ready, I get that the directors know how to set up an action sequence but it is pointless if it so fast that the audience cannot follow it. In fact one of the best action scenes to me was when the British female, Fields, basically felled an enemy operative by tripping him on the stairs, classic and understated, very effective and the audience got it and appreciated it.
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    I went to see it yesterday and I did like it. Like, Bearcata said, it is part 2 to Casino Royale and that moves the story forward. I'm putting the rest in spoiler tags as there are elements in there that I myself would not have want to known before I saw it.

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    I don't agree with the criticism that Bond is "too Bourne", being on a killing spree. Well, he is on the killing spree, but it must be put in light of the death of Vesper, he's definitely not thinking clearly. I don't think there needs to be a typical Bond, I like the fact that he develops as a person (becoming more handsome as Daniel Craig was cast ). It was refreshing to see that he didn't end up in bed with Camille, it was unexpected but understandable.

    I did like the movie, as a Bond movie as well, and I'm already excited to see how Bond and the movie series will move forward in the next movie.

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    I saw it today and I agree with both Bearcata and FF--it was a direct follow-up to Casino Royale. I liked it a lot--not as much as Casino Royale, but certainly better than most other modern Bond movies. The action was intense and I think something was lost in the ridiculously fast-cuts in the action scenes. That said, I really enjoyed the action at the opera scene. My only beef with the story (other than there needed to be a bit more Bond not-in-action) was
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    the "Q" lapel pins. I kept thinking, why doesn't everyone catch on that these guys all have the same freakin' lapel pin?!?! Well that and the death of Mathis, whom I loved.

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    Re: Quantum of Solace

    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcata;3235255;
    I don't think the movie is as bad as the reviewers make it out to be. It is definitely part 2 to part 1 Casino Royale. If you didn't see Casino Royale you may miss what Bond's motivation is. Is it a great Bond movie, no I don't think so, but it is not a bad Bond movie. There is a lot of action with which I do have a bone to pick. I have noticed in several major movies over the last 12 months or so that tend to have tedious long action sequences that move so fast that you cannot follow what is going on and on and on and on and wonder why am I watching this mayhem that is just a jumble of images that I paid $11 bucks for. Get on with it. The last Spiderman movie did it, the final battle scene in Transformers did, that god awful Angelina assassin movie did it and the opening fight scenes in the Bond movie did it. All right, all ready, I get that the directors know how to set up an action sequence but it is pointless if it so fast that the audience cannot follow it. In fact one of the best action scenes to me was when the British female, Fields, basically felled an enemy operative by tripping him on the stairs, classic and understated, very effective and the audience got it and appreciated it.
    David Edelstien brought up the same complaint yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning when reviewing Bond and also pointed out other movies doing the same thing. He lamented that great chase scenes where you knew what was going on like in the French Connection have sadly fallen by the wayside.
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    Re: Quantum of Solace

    I've also noticed this in recent movies, but you know what, I fear it may be an age thing. I'd love to hear from the younger FORTers if they have trouble following the action scenes mentioned above, or are bothered by it when they can't. I think the younger folk have been brought up on fast cuts and jumpy shows and may be able to piece things together better than the older ones. I even notice it myself, when I watch what I recall as a great older movie, very mesmerizing, that it seems to drag (and when I watch it with my kids...yikes are they bored, and they are adults now).

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    Re: Quantum of Solace

    I thought the actions scenes were a bit too fast-paced as well (26, young FoRTer?). And they really did like the parkour-style chase scenes, to me it seemed a bit of repetitive since the opening scene in Casino Royale was a long parkour chase. The car scene in the beginning was also a bit confusing and fast.

    On a totally unrelated note did anyone else notice that
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    mr White was never killed? At least not that we could see (which would make him not dead). Bond was just chasing after the double agent and M is not fit for a running chase, so we assumed that mr White took off and is still alive. Maybe he'll be back for Bond 23

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    Quote Originally Posted by femme fatale;3240013;
    I thought the actions scenes were a bit too fast-paced as well (26, young FoRTer?). And they really did like the parkour-style chase scenes, to me it seemed a bit of repetitive since the opening scene in Casino Royale was a long parkour chase. The car scene in the beginning was also a bit confusing and fast.

    On a totally unrelated note did anyone else notice that
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    mr White was never killed? At least not that we could see (which would make him not dead). Bond was just chasing after the double agent and M is not fit for a running chase, so we assumed that mr White took off and is still alive. Maybe he'll be back for Bond 23
    Yeap, saw him at the opera, the only bad guy who had the sense to stay sitting while the others left thereby identifying themselves to Bond.
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    Re: Quantum of Solace

    Loved the movie - love Daniel Craig as Bond and am anxiously waiting for the next one. I wasn't so sure about the casting of Craig at first, until I saw Casino Royale. He isn't as pretty nor as sophisticated as previous Bonds - but his rugged face, gorgeous muscular body, athletic ability, and rough-around-the edges personality made Bond a person, rather than an embodiment of a character out of a book.

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