Is it just me or are there an awful lot of surrogate father movies lately? I hope its not just me that is really enjoying them.
Joe was great. Really solid performances (particularly from the leads), visually stunning, and a script that cares about its characters. The film seems to be uncomfortable with a consistent style, and that works. It moves thematically and tonally from 'Mud' to 'Tree of Life' to 'Winter's Bone' to 'Grand Torino' to countless other examples.
Great to see the Cage go from sage to rage.
Like all Bonds, this film is a product of its time. Right at the the end of the 80's, the influence was harder, darker action films filled with baddies pushing drugs. Enter an okay script and Timothy Dalton as a pretty good Bond you have a mediocre film. But the hardness of the direction, the rogue agent spin, Davi's cool performance, and the truly awesome action set pieces and stunts make this a fun watch.
Two other random highlights:
- Lowell ordering a shaken martini by making the jerk off action
- Del Toro really hamming up a line about... rape
Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.