Reviews on No time to die
Your eyes don’t fool you, No time to die is really finally hitting theaters to end the long wait for James Bond fans.
We won’t bore you with the details of the various delays, but given that the anticipation was already high for Daniel Craig’s final 007 mission, the release date changes helped make it one of the more Bond films. expected of all time. It’s a double-edged sword because it just means the movie has even more to drop.
So in a concise way that would make Bond proud, a No time to die Was it worth the wait and send Craig’s 007 on a hit? It might not affect the Fall from the sky and Casino Royale heights, but this is a marked improvement over Spectrum and will give fans a lot to savor.
If that’s enough to make you decide to see it when it lands in UK cinemas this Thursday, September 30th, then stop reading now. But if you need a little more, we’re here to help and we’ll keep it all without spoiler, so fear not, you are safe here.
What’s impressive is that despite the almost two-year delay and the many trailers, No time to die is still relatively shrouded in secrecy as it hits theaters. What we do know is that after a pre-title streak that picks up soon after Spectrum, most of the film starts with Bond retired.
It’s been five years since he left active service, but just like Michael Corleone, he’s back when Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) shows up in Jamaica asking for his help. As you might expect from a Bond film, the mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be more dangerous than expected. And soon, Bond is confronted with a mysterious villain who holds deadly new technology.
That’s about all we can say, really, without venturing into potential spoiler territory. Depending on what you’ve read about the movie, there are some things that won’t be a major surprise – like Nomi’s (Lashana Lynch) position at MI6 – but we can guarantee you don’t know. all about that.
While the plot may sound like a standalone ‘Bond Save the World’ mission, No time to die is closely related to other releases of Craig’s 007 era. Fortunately, he is freed from the retcons that weighed Spectrum and, really, you could probably figure it out without some new knowledge of the other movies. It will be a richer experience if you know them, but is not inaccessible to potential newcomers.
The hefty 163-minute runtime had us worried that Craig’s latest outing might get bogged down in the exhibit, but it turns out it isn’t. It’s densely plotted but fast-paced, which means the film rarely stops to breathe before the next big action sequence or other reveal. Going into specifics, there are risks of spoilers, but it’s sure Bond fans have something to debate after viewing.
There has been no other Bond era that has been allowed to tell its own end, and No time to die Certainly keeps the promise to fix all the problems. The result is a feeling of freshness and not just another 007 mission, but director Cary Joji Fukunaga still scatters into Bond’s trademarks, including a villain’s lair with a stunning design.
Speaking of the villain, Rami Malek is a menacing presence as Safin and as Bond’s best villain, less is more. While you won’t go so far as to agree with his methods, Malek’s charisma means that during his speeches, you might find yourself rocking. Make no mistake, this is a bad one and more frightening as a result.
Malek isn’t the only newcomer to make his mark, as Lashana Lynch impresses as Nomi. Quick with one-liners and adept at stunts, she’s instantly sympathetic and develops a fun friction with Bond. You’ll want to see her more in future films, and the same goes for Ana de Armas who gets too brief a streak as CIA Agent Paloma.
No time to die Bond’s show is still very good and Craig is excelling in his latest outing as 007, showing off different sides of his Bond that we’ve never seen before. While her relationship with Dr Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) never quite reached the same chemistry as with Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd, Craig still sells her and makes you take care of yourself.
Its Bond film era has had its reviews for being too serious and while this release still has its darkest rhythms, there is a lightness to the touch. Whether it’s a classic Bond joke or a fun dinner sequence with Q (Ben Whishaw) and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), it’s clear that Craig knows and loves this character and it shows.
Craig also arguably gets the outstanding action streak of his entire run with an amazing and brutal stairwell streak. Backed by Fukunaga’s crisp directing and Hans Zimmer’s rich score, it’s thrilling and as good as the other footage (including a party in Cuba that goes very false), they don’t come close.
Other viewings will likely decide No time to diecomes out of the Bond film rankings, especially since there are certainly times that could divide the fandom. However, as an experience it offers all the spectacle you would expect from an 007 movie, reserves a few surprises along the way, and turns out to be an entertaining, touching, and daring finale for Daniel Craig.
It might have taken a while to get it, but No time to die confirms that whatever the next James Bond, they have big shoes to fill.
No time to die releases in UK theaters on September 30 and in US theaters on October 8.
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