ByMichael Blanchard, writer at Creators.co
Southern filmmaker, without the funny accent.
Michael Blanchard

TEN ESSENTIAL FACTORS EVERY FILM SHOULD HAVE IN ORDER TO BE A FILM, EACH WITH A SHORT SUMMARY:

STORY

James Bond must go against MI6 in order to uncover a secret organization plotting something dark and sinister.

CHARACTERS

Simple Bond characters all around. Nothing bad about that, but just nothing noteworthy about any of them.

PERFORMANCES

Solid performance from everyone involved. You can sort of tell that Craig is ready to pass the torch, but he still delivers. Waltz, Bautista, and Seydoux are all fantastic supporters here, as well.

DIRECTION

Masterful, but not surprising. Mendes is a superior director compared to most, especially when it comes to action, and it shows with this film. But it also shows with just about all of his other films.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Very sharp and epic. Shot on 35mm and perfectly cut together.

EMOTION

It does the job in terms of making a Bond film. Simultaneously, it does the job in terms of making a gritty action film. So, there are moments where I'm conflicted whether or not I'm supposed to be having fun or carefully analyzing every story beat.

STRUCTURE

The script brings about two major plots. I'll call them, Plot A and Plot B. So we start with Plot A and are totally on board with it. Then we get a snippet of Plot B, and understand what's happening but want more Plot A. Then as the film progresses, Plot A shrinks and Plot B expands. It's sort of dissatisfying to see it go in that direction, but you understand that it's necessary.

PACING

I feel as though a good twenty minutes could've been trimmed from the film. There are a handful of slow burns that were either dragged out or just unnecessary.

INTENTION

It seems like the first traditional Bond film in the Craig era. Now that all of the personal stuff (Casino Royale and Skyfall) is out of the way, I couldn't help but feel Mendes was eager to make a 007 movie. Instead of a James Bond film. Which isn't bad, but it just doesn't feel right. See EMOTION; and I also felt some awkwardly casual personal moments from some characters. Like when Bond asks Moneypenny to just drop by his flat to drop off a package. And seeing Moneypenny in bed with some random guy. In Skyfall, moments like those felt very important and impactful. These feel like they were put there because that's what the new James Bond is, even though Mendes wanted to make a 007 movie since he got the personal stuff out of the way.

EXECUTION

Stellar in the moment of watching the film, but lackluster the morning after. It did the job, but I can't decide if it was necessary to begin with.

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