Pretty good! Essentially a heist turned chamber drama, and includes some musing on ideas of class and the desperation that comes with a lack of power and money.
The stars here are Daniel Craig and Roger Deakins. A solid, contemplative entry into the Bond canon, though I can’t help but feel a little tired of the gritty take. Not the movie’s fault I guess, and maybe that just stands out more on a rewatch after we’ve had so many franchise properties go the “serious” route. Still, I’d rather sit down and rewatch any of the Mission Impossible films.
An incredibly affecting, immaculately crafted film with the air of a Gothic romance. And like some of the best Gothic romances, this one shines a light on the women of that world, the ones who tirelessly worked to keep everything running, and who shared in the pain and glory and yet were relegated to the back burner when the story was finally told. This isn't the story of a master and a muse, but rather the story of a twisted bond built on each individual's endless need for more; more intimacy, more control, and more passion.
The past has a habit of showing up on your doorstep and reminding you of the things you've done, the ones you can't quite escape. What do you do then? Well, you put out some food, welcome the past in, and then do your best to reckon with it and move forward.
Burnett's film is haunting in this very subtle, but very effective way, and a lot of that comes down to Glover, and of course Burnett's direction. Glover in…