007’s “No Time to Die” offers a long, strong script, enough action to keep fans interested
After hearing that Daniel Craig’s final movie as James Bond was 2 hours and forty three minutes long I wasn’t sure whether to be ecstatic or feel dread. Sitting for three hours for anything can become excruciating if what you’re watching is a dud. But No Time to Die is a stud of a movie, not a dud. I give it four out of five stars.
It is, as much as a Bond film can be, a movie about relationships, wrapped in the spectacle of several really well done, riveting action scenes.
No Time to Die tells the tale of Daniel Craig’s 007 who has hung up his spy gadgets, in favor of a a pleasurable quiet island life as the movie starts. The family history of his love interest of the past, “Madeleinne Swann” played by Lea Sedoux, draws Bond into an epic journey involving the evil Spectre organization, and a new dastardly supervillain,Safin--played by Rami Malik.
Malik shines as the vengeful Safin. His musing, brooding, calm take on being a Bond villain brings enough layered depth to the character to leave viewers wanting more, even almost three hours more. The audience won’t find themselves empathizing with the villain, but they may appreciate the screenwriters efforts to offer up a nemesis who presents as someone with more than skin deep motivations.
The movie also seems to wrap up the Spectre plot, with rather unexpected twists. There is some riveting, top-notch action in this movie, but it may not be as abundant as in the past. It is enough to propel No Time to Die forward comfortably for the most part.
As critics have noted, the plot of No Time To Die is dense. It’s more complex than other Bond films, which leads to the movie having a lengthy running time. It had me wondering if the creators had more content than they could cope with for a theater film and if perhaps there might eventually be a Director’s Cut version?
There is enough meat on the bone of this Bond tale to justify staying in your seat a bit longer, but there were a couple points where No Time to Die felt to me like it was dragging. Really good cinematography helped make the film more palatable though, and kept me in my seat.
The Bond girls in this last Daniel Craig 007 performance are as usual, beautiful. But for the most part they are reserved, rather than sultry. The only action they are catalysts for are dispatching Spectre’s and Safin’s abundant evil minions, which they are very effective at.
The lack of sex appeal in No Time to Die allows for a more sober relationship story line between Bond and Swann that ultimately centers around one decidely un-playboylike plot twist. If you want to delve into a deeper exploration of Bond’s character and don’t want to read an Ian Fleming book, this is a pretty good go-to 007 film,
The graceful ending to No Time to Die, really does justice to Craig’s 007. The climax makes up for any previous shortcoming of No Time to Die. It sends Craig off the screen with his heroism and elegance intact one last time. But it also offers plenty of bullets flying and enough adrenalyn-pumping scenes to satisfy action lovers.
Reflecting more on No Time To Die brought me to the conclusion that Craig’s last Bond film is essentially a love story held together by the abundant elements of a an action move, It displays the affection many of its reoccuring characters have for each other, and is a fitting conclusion for those fans who have loved seeing Daniel Craig play 007.