No Time To Die (2021)
Title: No Time To Die
Genre: Action | Adventure| Thriller |
Runtime: 163 min
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes
CRAIG GIVES A FINAL SLEEPY PERFORMANCE
After you’ve watched a James Bond movie, often, you say, how was the James Bond movie? Not how it was No Time To Die. We associate Bond with the number 007, a white middle-aged man, and shouldn’t, won’t ever change that. Even if they kill the character after 60 plus years in the franchise for the first time, it won’t change the curriculum that Bond is Bond. At least if you’re going to cherish Ian Fleming’s original incarnation of the legendary spy. And that’s also how these movies get promoted.
After being the sixth actor to play, James Bond, Daniel Craig, is finally retiring, playing the character, making way for new candidates to axle the role. As with the last film on the line, since Casino Royale back in 2006, the producers seem keen to change the outcome, but follow-up on Spectre.
In this last performance, it’s safe to say that Daniel Craig isn’t at his best game in this one. Most of the time, he underperforms, and maybe it’s because it has been over five years since the last time he produced such a demanding role; he feels off in some scenes. He still does the job well done but doesn’t deliver with the high expectations for such a role. He struggles occasionally to make the role seem important to him, or maybe that is just the way he performs as an actor. Luckily, he has a director and cinematographer that knows how to get the money-shot that makes him look fit and cool on the big screen.
The direction from Cary Joji Fukunaga is solid. As you know what you get, as much of the trailer reveals or exposes the main story with James Bond’s and his friend’s past. The theme of things from the past returning is very present in this story. The story is partly predictable as well. We’ve seen this before; even if the imagery is an exquisite shot, it doesn’t change how other features in this franchise were filmed and which shot were prioritized or not. It’s a mediocre directing from Fukunaga. Sam Mendes Skyfall resembles a stronger connection with twists and action-filled scenes that fulfil its entertaining purposes.
Most people just go to a new movie in the series just because it’s a Bond-themed movie. It doesn’t matter what the title is or what the plot is if it’s a Bond-themed movie. And this film, No Time To Die, has more emotional impact than the other films in the series. It’s the first time James Bond has loved and cared for a woman, like always. On a sombre note, it’s an emotional ending with an abrupt conclusion to a classic character. Even if it all has the ingredients of a story with James Bond, like the gadgets, the villain, the women, and the alcoholism, it doesn’t really resonate with me on a deeper level. It has some comedic touches and swift scenes, but it doesn’t elevate the overall experience. The lack of the thrilling sensation makes this another Hollywood-produced mediocre film on the level of Quantum of Solace. Just because it’s a film with James Bond, doesn’t make it watchable.