A great set up and interesting first two acts lead to a slightly dreary finale despite excellent work from all involved.
Mystique/Raven, so pivotal to proceedings becomes the X Men equivalent of the masks in Mission Impossible.
Not as much fun as First Class, not as exciting and thoughtful as X2, but still good entertainment.
First time I've watched this since release, and it was slightly more watchable than I remember, but it shows the damage that a hack like Brett Ratner can bring to a thoughtful and nuanced superhero franchise, a fact made clearer by the fact those that have followed have not only been better but have sought to undo so much of the damage caused.
Another year, another actor playing James Bond. For the third film in a row, Eon presented us with a different face. Luckily this one stuck.
Roger Moore was a huge international star, thanks to his appearances on TV in Ivanhoe, The Saint and The Persuaders, and had been on Saltzman and Broccoli’s list for a while before the premature cancellation of The Persuaders allowed him to step into the famous tux for the first time.
LALD was, in some ways,…
It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.
Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.
On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…