Reviewed on 2013 December 31
I settled in to watch this with Mr. Shukti, expecting a typical Bond movie. This was more like a Cold War spy flick and while it wasn’t what I expected, I still liked it a great deal. It had less spy gadgets and silliness and was just 140+ minutes of Daniel Craig trying to whup the bad guys.
This entry in the 007 franchise gets right down to it, with Bond (Craig) and his colleague Eve (Naomie Harris) chasing down a baddie in Turkey. Things go awry, and that’s just the beginning of the mess for M (Judi Dench). Somebody, for lack of a better term, is messing with her. Her computer is hacked, her MI6 team is exposed, and what sets this apart is that the enemy seems to take things so personally and has a pet hatred for M.
This was darker and a bit nastier than other Bonds. That’s fine with me, and I also appreciated the depth of this movie. This wasn’t just about fancy drinks, exotic casinos, women wearing house payments and clever spy stuff (though there was enough of that to keep people happy). This was about revenge and redemption. Craig brought his usual chops to the movie and Javier Bardem was a great villain, as messed up as he was scary.
Three chocolate morsels. Very good.