Noteworthy for filming at the Hemingway house in Cuba, Papa does a admirable job of bringing the legend to life. Though the film occasionally suffers from techniques and tricks taken right out of Filmmaking 101, on the whole, this is a worthy examination of the man, and is bolstered by a superb performance from the title character.
Jaws. Ski chases. An underwater lair. Fantastic sets. And a Lotus that turns into a submarine. The Spy Who Loved Me has some iconic images that are synonymous with James Bond. And none of them can save the film from itself. This is another Bond film that is too silly for its own good. The Roger Moore era truly has not aged very well. And to think Moore was my favorite Bond as a child!
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…