No Time to Die

No Time to Die ★★★½

A few days after finishing this, decided to upgrade this to 3.5 after feeling an emptiness in my soul where Bond ought to be.

Having watched the four previous Craig films recently, No Time to Die sadly takes the wind out of the chase for Spectre. Felt somewhat The Last Jedi-esque where expectations were unnecessarily subverted. New folks in the writing room when there's already four films in tow is unsurprisingly problematic.

Solid individual elements:
· Ana de Armas's Paloma
· We Have All the Time in the World
· Stellar cinematography

Underdeveloped or unsatisfying:
· Spectre/Blofeld backstory
· Rami Malek's Safin and his motivations
· Long stretches of overly emotional dialogue
· Nomi feels like a prop

As the ending to a Craig "pentalogy," No Time to Die half-satisfies, but mostly on superficial levels. Here's hoping next time they plan all the films ahead of time knowing that there is demand again for the franchise.

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