Despite my initial disappointment that this wasn't Robot Anne Frank (someone make that movie!), I soon found myself immersed in the world of the 'near future' and the tale of Frank, a retired cat burglar with progressive dementia.
Unlike other movies that use the future as their setting, Robot & Frank doesn't spend too long dwelling on how the world has changed. Sure, Frank has video calling on his front room wall (hello Back to the Future 2!), and the library…
Despite my initial disappointment that this wasn't set in Seattle ('amazing' joke, feel free to use it), I soon found myself drawn into the faux imagery, sights and sounds of this 1960s Hell's Kitchen. With no knowledge of the narrative or themes beforehand, I was happy to allow the story to wash over me as we got to know the four boys and their world in the build-up to the movie's pivotal incident.
The first half of this film is…
Memories of Bond are awash with puns, gadgets and, in the case of the Craig series (and perhaps Moonraker), increasingly lavish productions. However, it's easy to forget that early Bond films, especially the first two, are solid spy stories with a touch, but not too much, of knowing humour.
Sean Connery is on sparkling form against genuinely scary foe.