No Time To Die (2021) Movie Review ‘Proper Slog’

No Time to Die – Proper Slog

 

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Screenplay) Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga (Story)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas

Plot: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Runtime: 2 Hours 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: No Time to Die starts as James Bond (Craig) living the retired life with his new girlfriend Madeleine Swann (Seydoux), this will see his past start to catch up with him, with James needing to move away from people once again.

5-years later James gets a chance to get back at his nemesis Spectre, when CIA agent Felix Leiter (Wright) offers him a new mission, one which will see him meet the new 007 Nomi (Lynch), as they need to work together to stop criminal mastermind Lyutsifer Safin (Malek).

Thoughts on No Time to Die

Characters & Performances – James Bond is the man we know, from the franchise, he has however moved away from the agent life, trying to stay off the radar, but his past will draw him back once more, now just a spy, working with British Intelligence, to get back at Spectre, only for everything to hit a new personal approach for him. Daniel Craig does get to give his version of Bond a nice send off, he gets some cheeky humour, which will be one of the few things to get your attention in this film. Madeleine Swann is the woman that James wants to spend his life with, she does have a connection to his past, one that will leave a level of uncertainty about where her she stands in his eyes. She comes back into his life, with her connection to an old enemy, one that will make her a threat for everyone. Lea Seydoux does everything she needs to in this film, she brings the bigger emotional stakes to the movie. Lyutsifer Safin is the villain, he has planned everything and has a bigger idea, but my god, he is one of the most forgettable villains I have ever seen in a Bond movie, I can barely remember anything he said or did. Rami Malek really does struggle to make this character make an impact, it does feel like the weakly written character over the bad performance. Nomi is the new 007, she does create a good banter in style with James, with her looking to learn from his rule breaking ways. Lashana Lynch does do well in this role, we get enough to not get too much, and enough to want to see more from the character. We do get a lot of returning characters, who are interesting, but the star of the performances is Ana de Armas, because what she brings to the table is the most entertaining part of the film.

StoryThe story continues to follow James Bond, as he looks to escape the world of spies, only to find himself getting drawn back in, when he gets a chance to face Spectre once again, which will see him meet a new threat. When it comes to the overall story in this James Bond film, we must look at the fact the villain is one of the most forgettable factors in the film, which is sad, because without a good villain, we get left with a weak story. The story tends to put more focus on the emotional impact away from the agent world, much like Mission Impossible 3 did, only that film handled everything much better. The idea of bringing in a new 007, does work well, it is interesting to see the dynamic between the two, but it does end up falling into James Bond is better than you will ever be factor. This story also seems to have poor dialogue, with how certain moments, just feel like quotes, rather than natural conversations.

ThemesNo Time to Die does have a mix of action, with one brilliant single take, Paloma’s action sequence and the car chase, which is by far the only entertainment factors we get in this film. The mix of sound depending on explosions, works well, but the idea of the voices in the head, but not showing the character, does feel clunky. The locations are beautiful, this can’t be denied, something the franchise will always be known for.

Final Thoughts No Time to Die is a long movie that has plenty of pacing problems, with the action being the highlight of a bland Bond movie.

The Old Ways (2020) Movie Review ‘Exorcism With a Twist’

The Old Ways – Exorcism With a Twist

 

Director: Christopher Alender

Writer: Marcos Gabriel (Screenplay)

Starring: Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortes, Julia Vera, Sal Lopez, AJ Bowen, Weston Meredith, Julian Lerma

Plot: Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origin, travels to her ancestral home in Veracruz to investigate a story of sorcery and healing. There, she is kidnapped by a group of locals who claim she’s the devil incarnated.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Old Ways starts as journalist Cristina (Canales) finds herself locked up after arriving back in Mexico to see her cousin Miranda (Cortes), the locals believe she has been infected by a demon, wanting to get it out of her before she brings the evil to their land.

As Cristina starts going through the exorcisms the locals claim to be for the best, she starts to learn about what happened in her past, that will connect her to the evil in the area.

Thoughts on The Old Ways

ThoughtsThe Old Ways with see a native of Mexico returning to her homeland after making a career in journalism in America, only to find herself thrown into a world where she is believed to have been infected by a demon. This is a story that will see us dive into the traditions within the smaller villages that will see anyone as being evil in the world. We get the slowly building more horrific events that we would expect to see in horror, with the exorcisms. Certain moments will have big moments for the horror, with the exorcisms being bone crackling, while not always going in the directions you would be used with how the demon reacts to what is going on. When it comes to the exorcism style of movies, this one will do certain factors that will make it stand out from the rest of the film. The performances in the film are strong throughout to.

Final ThoughtsThe Old Ways is an exorcism film that will take things in a brand-new direction.

Inside the Circle (2021) Movie Review ‘Romantic Comedy 101’

Inside the Circle – Romantic Comedy 101

 

Director: Javier Colon Rios

Writer: Omar Mora (Screenplay)

Starring: Omar Mora, Justin Lee, Stefy Garcia, Valeria Gonzalez

Plot: Inside the Circle is a quirky romantic dramedy that tells the story of a girl who believes in relationships and marriage, and who falls for a comic book and superhero-loving man who does not share her same beliefs.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Inside the Circle starts as we meet Rocio (Garcia) who believes in relationships, wanting to get married and to have children, who meets Giancarlo (Mora) who has a very different view on finding love, believing it will happen one day, but for now, he is doing the things he loves in life.

The pair don’t seem like a good match, but sparks fly between the two, as we follow their relationship through the time together, leaving to the conversation about what love is truly about.

Thoughts on Inside the Circle

ThoughtsInside the Circle brings us a romantic comedy that will see two people who have different points of view on love that meet and fall in love, with their own differences becoming the biggest stumbling block on whether they can make their relationship work in the long term. This is the type of romantic comedy, that wants to put the focus on people getting caught up in one mindset on love, that aren’t open to finding more from their lives. This doesn’t seem to offer much more to anything that we have seen before, but also isn’t something that is done in a bad way, we can see where this story is going to go from an early stage. The performances are strong, with Omar Mora and Stefy Garcia show a strong chemistry in the film, but sadly, like most of the strongest rom coms, we don’t get much from the best friend characters, they often have one or two scenes, instead of a lot like we would be used to seeing.

Final Thoughts Inside the Circle is everything you expect in a romantic comedy.