Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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Foreign Correspondent Movie Review

Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Joel McCrea, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders and Albert Bassermann. It is a disappointing movie.

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I’m in love with a girl, and I’m going to help hang her father.

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It is about an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies in Britain who are involved in a conspiracy in the prelude to World War II. Now the plot is solid, if a bit too of its time. I liked the movie, but it is just solid and being solid isn’t what’s expected from The Master of Suspense. The major problem in terms of storytelling lies in its convoluted nature. I couldn’t get invested in it because there were too many convoluted plot points, not great twists and turns and it was overall needlessly complicated.

Another problem lies in the character development and the acting. None of these characters were remotely interesting or memorable, at least not in my opinion. They are all solid and they are at least somewhat developed, but they just felt typical. Of the actors, everyone did a solid job, but none of them stood out which is weird as this is a really good cast of actors. It basically had no time for either of them to properly get their due and that is exactly what happened here.

If there is one thing Foreign Correspondent got right, those are the technical aspects. Wow, does this movie look great!. The cinematography is amazing and everything looks splendid with memorable imagery. The set design in this movie is brilliant, unforgettable and instantly recognizable from the windmill to the streets to the airplane.

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Definitely the action is very well utilized, but to me it was still overabundant and too much like a modern instead of classic thriller and I am always up for more classic. That is one of the reasons why it disappointed me. The pacing is awfully frenetic and yet at times dull. Very uneven as is the entire picture. The direction from Hitchcock is also problematic. It is obviously quite good, but not as great as you’d come to expect from him as the entire film doesn’t run as smoothly as his other efforts and sometimes it felt to me that it was a pretty weak sum of some great parts.

That is this movie in a nutshell – works great many times as a singular scene, but when taken into context, it mostly falls apart. Now watching it after so many decades, it definitely is interesting as it was made just at the cusp of World War II and it does feel urgent. I also really liked is global feel as it makes use of various locations and nations in it which was a refreshing change in pace for the pictures of the time as was its emphasis on outdoors sequences. Some of the scenes are thrilling and intense, but I wished that more of them were like that. It definitely is more a spy than a thriller flick and its spy elements are certainly better utilized.

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In the year of ‘Rebecca in which it came out, it is infinitely inferior and it is one of his lesser works. It is still a solid movie, but not up to his standards. As for its Academy Award nominations, Albert Bassermann’s nod was deserved and of course the visual effects, cinematography and art direction are awesome here, but the nominations for Picture and screenplay were ridiculous to me as the year was too strong for its inclusion in those categories.

Foreign Correspondent looks amazing with absolutely spectacular cinematography, just brilliant and unforgettable set design and great effects, but it is ultimately just a solid movie which is not what you’d come to expect from The Master of Suspense. The script is problematic, the film is overly convoluted, the pacing is all over the place and the characters are forgettable. It is one of Hitchcock’s weakest 1940s efforts.

My Rating – 3.5

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For Your Eyes Only (1981)

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For Your Eyes Only Movie Review

For Your Eyes Only is a 1981 spy film that is the twelfth entry in the James Bond series. it is one of the weakest so far.

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Him? He thinks I’m still a virgin.

Yes. Well, you get your clothes on…

and I’ll buy you an ice cream.

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The plot here is as uninspired as these Bond flicks can be. Yes, they brought back a somewhat realistic instead of bombastic approach in the execution, but the plot and the characters are so weak that it doesn’t really help the final product which is surprisingly dull and prolonged.

Roger Moore is solid in the role, but he is definitely getting too old for the part and it is really problematic to consider that he acted in two more Bond movies after this one. He is serviceable and I didn’t mind his performance, but they really didn’t know when to change actors in time.

The action in For Your Eyes Only is very tedious and again we get those underwater sequences which are getting overly abundant and clichéd by this point. The Bond girl here is solid, but to me she is far from great and there is a problem of two many characters here and none of them leave any lasting impression which is the problem of the overall movie that is highly forgettable.

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For Your Eyes Only is so-so paced, but its only strengths are the visuals and the score. It looks really good and is always pleasant for the eyes plus some of the action is very well executed with those ski scenes being the best realized. The score in particular is very strong. It is a score of its time, but a good one and once again the opening title sequence steals the show with a very good opening number and fine visuals. It’s a shame that the movie itself never had anything that memorable or inspired on it.

For Your Eyes Only  has a good opening number, fine score and it looks good, but the action is dull, the characters and plot are uninspired and the film is one of the most tedious and forgettable Bond flicks so far.

My Rating – 2.5

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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

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The Lady Vanishes Movie Review

The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. It is such a good movie that is one of the director’s best early efforts.

It is about an English tourist traveling by train who discovers that her elderly traveling companion seems to have disappeared. All of the others deny her existence and she, along with her new friend, search the train for some clues. The premise alone here is incredibly original and fascinating even. And thankfully the execution is mostly great as well. The film is very entertaining and almost riveting at times.

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I never think you should judge any country by its politics.

After all, we English are quite honest by nature, aren’t we?

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I really liked Iris and Gilbert and the two are such a phenomenal couple and they serve as a very fun detective duo two. Miss Froy is such an endearing old woman and what is most admirable here is the choice to make her a spy and a great one despite her age. I loved that. And all of the other supporting characters are quite memorable and most of them are important for the story which is commendable.

I found the acting to be great. Both Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood are so charming together and both gave excellent performances. But May Whitty is even better as wonderful Miss Froy. The Lady Vanishes benefits from some tremendous technicalities including of course the direction from Hitchcock which is finally great as his earlier 30s efforts aren’t as great as they could have been. But here he proved what a remarkable artist he is and that will be best seen in his later works.

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The pacing is also excellent despite that first act. Yes, the first act is in my opinion the major flaw of the picture as it is just so incredibly slow, dragging and just way too extended. We basically get over twenty minutes before the train departs and that is just a waste of time. But thankfully the rest is deftly edited with the film flowing smoothly and being very involving all the time.

The cinematography is excellent with some really polished camera movements. The train is such a great setting and is utilized superbly as we get to explore the majority of it. The lack of a score troubled me before, but upon second viewing, I have to agree with Hitchcock’s decision. Yes, that did lead to a more realistic feel to it and it definitely wasn’t necessary. The dialogue is as playful and as fun as you would come to expect from the director. And the film is not only very authentic, but also very memorable with the most unforgettable sequences being the disappearance sequence which is so intriguing and even creepy, the last action sequence which is so well executed and the scenes with the two investigating were awesome.

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The Lady Vanishes is interesting for being a comedic thriller and I don’t know what I think about that. On the one hand, the humor is pretty good at times and the energy is palpable. But on the other hand, it does significantly diminish the seriousness and the realism of the movie as some scenes are too humorous. But the film still mostly succeeds as a thriller, but most of all, as a great spy film as those elements were very interesting and well crafted. The ending made me smile a lot as it was so wonderful and a beautiful conclusion. In the end, it has its problems, but it’s still the finest 1930s Hitchcock film with only ‘The 39 Steps‘ being able to compete with it, but that one is also inferior to it.

The Lady Vanishes is definitely too comedic in tone and the first act is just needlessly extended, but the film is mostly great with excellent performances and characters, a palpable energy to it, very intriguing spy elements, an authentic and intriguing premise and a very well crafted, consistently involving storyline. It is without a doubt Hitchcock’s finest 1930s film.

My Rating – 4

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Moonraker (1979)

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Moonraker Movie Review

Moonraker is a 1979 spy film and the eleventh entry in the James Bond series. It is one of the weakest and silliest Bond flicks so far.

Here Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle which eventually leads him to outer space. This is such an obvious move on the part of the franchise to cash in on the recent success of Star Wars at the time. Obvious is obvious and you can’t get more obvious than this which is why I hated this choice. And of course because all of those space sequences were just plain silly and ridiculous.

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I think he’s attempting re-entry, sir

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However, it isn’t horrible as some parts of the movie, particularly the first half, have its moments. I liked some of the locations here, particularly Rio de Janeiro and Venice, but those scenes in the Amazon rainforest were also solid. It’s a shame that the entire movie didn’t revolve around those sequences, it would have been much better that way.

The Bond girl here is forgettable and Bond himself isn’t the strongest, but I liked Roger Moore, though he was better in previous installments. The problem with Moonraker is that it is just so awfully fast paced to the point of being frenetic and ridiculous. The action from one location to another moves so quickly that the entire affair becomes problematic.

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The cinematography is fine and I liked the imagery of those cities and regions. That is the only legitimately good reason to see Moonraker. But the entire plot is ludicrous as is the villain’s goal. I am just so frustrated with these stupid Bond villains who are childish and silly to the point of stupidity. Overall, Moonraker is a very mediocre movie. There are hints of a good movie here with its first half benefiting from some good locations, but that also leads to another problem – the film has a lack of identity and I’ve had the feeling that I was watching two different Bond films instead of one.

Moonraker is a very mediocre Bond outing with some memorable locations, but ludicrous plot and villain, frenetic pacing, a silly and just stupid second half and this was such an obvious move to cash in on the success of Star Wars at the time with all this space nonsense that the entire affair becomes meaningless and lazy.

My Rating – 2.5

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Sabotage (1936)

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Sabotage Movie Review

Sabotage is a 1936 thriller spy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Sylvia Sidney and Oskar Homolka. It is one of the weakest entries in the director’s filmography.

 

It follows an agent who hides a time bomb in a delivery package to blow up London. Not only is the execution of this plot mediocre, but the story itself is never memorable or intriguing at all. I just was never invested in it. It isn’t a boring movie per say, but it also isn’t particularly involving and it is never riveting.

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The spy elements here were quite boring and standard and the thriller elements were lacking to the point of this basically being a spy flick, way more so than a thriller. I was so disappointed by the choice to not have any signature intense scenes that we have come to expect from the master of suspense.

 

All of the characters here are quite forgettable. Neither of them stands out and I only liked Mrs. Verloc as she was the most interesting and most relatable character. And Sylvia Sidney also is the best actor and easily gave the finest performance. The choice to kill Stevie was incredibly unnecessary and that sequence was ultimately so subpar when it should have easily been the highlight of the movie.

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Sabotage is definitely well filmed and it has some very interesting scenes. The cinema setting in particular was great for me and I just loved the inclusion of the Silly SymphonyWho Killed Cock Robin?‘ as that not only warmed my heart, but was also clever as it fitted thematically to the story.

 

Sabotage is solidly scored, but never original at all in its story or characters. And the tone is also odd as it feels comedic at times while mostly being serious and it never strikes the balance. The film is well paced and it has just the right amount of running time and doesn’t feel short. But it never has any momentum to it and not even the ending felt big. That was weird for the director as even his worst movies (‘Murder!) have that suspenseful and memorable ending, but here that was unfortunately lacking. But it isn’t a bad movie, it is perfectly okay. It’s just that comparing it to other 1930s Hitchcock films, it is easily one of the weakest.

Sabotage is well made and it has some quite interesting scenes in it, but it is mostly lacking in terms of suspense, the plot is neither memorable nor authentic, the characters are forgettable and it is so uneventful and never particularly riveting. It is very weak and oddly not suspenseful for the master of suspense.

My Rating – 3

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The 39 Steps (1935)

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The 39 Steps Movie Review

The 39 Steps is a 1935 thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. It is one of the better early films from the director.

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I know what it is to feel lonely and helpless and to have the whole world against me,

and those are things that no men or women ought to feel

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It is about an ordinary civilian who becomes caught up in preventing an organization of spies from stealing British military secrets. This is one of a number of Hitchcock films to use the plot of a man wrongly convicted of crime who is on the run. And this particular storyline is quite solid, if far from great. It is pleasantly thrilling, engaging and mostly well detailed, but it is also way to implausible in way too many scenes with the sequence in which the protagonist is shot but is accidentally survived by a book being just way too improbable and unrealistic, not to mention an obvious contrived plot device.

But for every contrived scene, we get another truly great one and there are a number of scenes here that are not only terrific, but also truly unforgettable. The highlights for me were the entire sequence in the crofter’s house which is just perfectly constructed in every detail, the entire trip down the countryside was awesome and that waterfall scene is instantly recognizable. The film is interesting for revolving outdoors in the majority of its running time which is not only great, but also incredibly rare for the films of this era.

The 39 Steps is too fast paced and too action-oriented which is the reason why it appeals to modern moviegoers, but not as much to me as I personally dislike those things. And even though the action is very well executed and the film is genuinely exciting and entertaining, it was still done at the expense of plot and character development.

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The characters are solid, but not great. The exception is Hannay who is an excellent, relatable main character with a very good sense of humor. Annabella Smith is memorable, but Pamela was very disappointing as I expected so much more from her and their pairing. The crofter and his wife are both great and Professor Jordan is certainly good with a memorable defect.

The acting is pretty good as Madeleine Carroll is quite good and of course Robert Donat is terrific in one of his most memorable roles. He is very funny and charismatic here and I did not expect that from him which is why he pleasantly surprised me.

Hitchcock’s directing here is pretty strong and his talent is obvious even more here than in ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ and this movie is a much better and more coherent effort. In fact, it is one of his better efforts of the era and a film which I rate a 4, but only a slight four owing to its many obvious detractors.

The 39 Steps looks really good with some outstanding cinematography and scenery at display. I loved the countryside, that house and every location here is magnificently utilized into its thrilling plot. And it truly does succeed as a thriller and one of the better ones of the thirties for sure. It is pretty exciting and intense in some moments and mostly really well executed.

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I also really liked its comedic tone at times as the humor is quite good and I chuckled quite a few times actually. It is deftly edited, but too fast paced. The dialogue is solid and I have to mention the ending which is so great with Mr. Memory being heartbreaking. I just found his character to be incredibly intriguing and moving.

Even though it is too fast paced and action oriented at the expense of character development and some scenes are highly implausible, The 39 Steps is still a pretty good thriller with some intense and thrilling moments, many instantly recognizable and perfectly constructed scenes, quite a good humor and great locations. It is flawed, but highly memorable and atmospheric.

My Rating – 4

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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

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The Man with the Golden Gun Movie Review

The Man with the Golden Gun is a 1974 spy film and the ninth entry in the James Bond franchise. It is one of the weakest and most forgettable so far.

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Miss Anders…

I didn’t recognize you with your clothers on.

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The Man with the Golden Gun has such a boring, really uninspired storyline that feels rehashed from previous entries, but is mostly lifeless. There are so many elements here that are silly to say the least and the movie is very campy from the use of the midget to those ridiculous final sequences to the girl who is so stupid. Yes, I admit that some of those campy scenes were somewhat fun, but most of them were not and were just silly for the sake of being silly.

The characters and the acting are both also uninspired. Most praise Christopher Lee’s performance and his character Francisco Scaramanga, but both were to me not that great. Solid, but not great. Mary Goodnight is ridiculous not just in her name, but also in her appearance and in her behavior which is too ditzy to my taste. And Britt Ekland isn’t as memorable as some of the other Bond girls. As for Bond himself, I found him to be incredibly odd in this one. Instead of going the usual Roger Moore route, this Bond definitely channels Sean Connery’s one which was definitely an odd choice as Moore here is never as good as Connery was back in the day.

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The Man with the Golden Gun isn’t a terrible movie, but it is a mediocre one. It does have some funny scenes with the ending being nice and it isn’t as dreadfully boring and forgettable as critics make it out to be, but it is still so uninspired and so by-the-numbers that it most certainly isn’t good. But to me, ‘Diamonds Are Forever‘ remains the worst Bond flick thus far.

The tone is too campy and silly and the action is not that great. Because of the craze for martial arts during its release, this movie has way too much of king fu and most of it is forgettable and not that entertaining. The villain is solid, but could have been better. And the movie, although containing some fun scenes, is mostly going through the motions. The character development is weak as is the dialogue. The film is too slow, too long and weakly paced. As for its set designs, they are okay, but too typical for this franchise and never unique or memorable. And the movie also lacks the fancy locations and great scenery that the franchise is famous for. It is technically as weak as it is in its other areas.

The Man with the Golden Gun is a very weak Bond flick with some fun and funny moments here and there, but for the most part being an uninspired and typical excursion with too silly and campy tone to it, weak characterization and a boring storyline. It isn’t terrible, but it is quite mediocre.

My Rating – 2.5

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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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The Spy Who Loved Me is a 1977 spy film and the tenth entry in the Bond series. It is easily one of the best Bond flicks and one of the most entertaining.

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All those feathers and he still can’t fly!

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The plot is still weak. The plot here is not only silly, but even ridiculous in a superhero movie manner. So unbelievable and just silly. But what it lacks in realism, it more than compensates in sheer fun and excitement. The entire film is engaging and entertaining and it is just so charming and so fun that you can’t help but enjoy it.

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I really liked James Bond here and this is Roger Moore’s finest performance and film for sure. Karl Stromberg is an over-the-top, silly villain, but he serves his purpose and leads to an interesting setting. And of course Anya Amasova is the highlight here. Not only is Barbara Bach attractive, but she is also very charming and the character is the right mix of charm, beauty and capability as she is for once a strong, effective female character. Anya is without a doubt one of the finest Bond girls.

Let’s talk about the action. The Spy Who Loved Me has some really well executed and entertaining action sequences. I liked the action overall with one major reservation. The entire third act is just so disappointing and immensely clichéd for a Bond movie. It definitely lessened the impact of the movie for me and is easily the worst thing here.

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The humor is definitely one of the film’s strongest assets. It really took me by surprise how funny it is. Its self-mockery approach is perfect, but some lines, although highly ridiculous, are very funny and there were moments where I genuinely laughed. That and the fact that the film has that wonderful charm and attractiveness to it makes it such a good, really respectable Bond feature.

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The Spy Who Love Me is also pretty well paced as most of the scenes last for just the right amount of time. The visuals are also great and finally we get to see some exotic locations that the series is famous for. Egypt in particular looks great and those sequences were some of the best in the movie. But I also liked the underwater scenes and the villain’s place is really memorable. Yes, it looks too much like some comic-book, but it works in creating his character and in imagery as it is quite memorable and nice to look at.

The dialogue is incredibly silly and although sometimes I was bothered by it, it was for the most part funny just because of that. And let’s talk about the score. Wow, this is one of the best scored entries in the series owing to a great use of classical music put in just the right scenes and of course a great song Nobody Does It Better which is not only catchy, but also well sung and well written. It is such a terrific opening song.

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The film is somewhat imaginative, but too silly. The script is also typical, but it does give us charm and entertainment. The tone is wonderfully comedic and the film looks really good. It has its problems, but it is mostly such a memorable and fun flick that is the best Bond film so far with only Dr. No and From Russia with Love being better in my opinion.

The Spy Who Loved Me is silly and ridiculous in its plot, but it is also incredibly charming, funny and downright entertaining. It has one of the best Bond girls ever, it has some nice locations, good action sequences and such a good humor as well. Thanks to all of that, this fun spy flick is definitely one of the best Bond films up to this point.

My Rating – 4

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Live and Let Die (1973)

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Live and Let Die Movie Review

Live and Let Die is a 1973 spy film which is the eighth entry in the James Bond series. It is directed by Guy Hamilton and it introduces Roger Moore as the new Bond. It is such a solid flick that was the best Bond film in years.

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He always did have an inflated opinion of himself

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The plot itself is again the weakest link. It is fairly forgettable and once again difficult and not at all interesting to follow. But what it benefits from are the action sequences and locations which are gorgeous. The exotic Caribbean location is put to great use here and the scenery truly is beautiful to witness. And the action sequences are really well executed and entertaining. The whole film is quite engaging for the most part and it is rarely boring unlike some of the previous entries that were mostly dull.

The characters here are interesting. I liked Solitaire and she is one of the most beautiful and most likable Bond girls thus far. And Bond is unfortunately rather boring. I have to say that Roger Moore is an interesting, but quite polarizing choice for Bond. He is definitely good looking and in that area he is much better than Connery, but he lacks his charisma whatsoever and he is just not that interesting to follow. But the filmmakers are also to blame as his characterization isn’t that great and he doesn’t resemble the character as well as he should have.

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Live and Let Die is usually cited as being racist and I do not quite agree with that. Quite on the contrary, I found most of its black character to be interesting and memorable. There are some racist overtones here and there, but for the most part the film just focuses on the tribe and voodoo aspects to these characters which I found crazy, but positively so as it led to many memorable and wild sequences.

Live and Let Die is solidly directed and also quite well paced. I really liked its title song as it is very good, but is also accompanied by one of the better opening credits so far. The film is, as I said, well shot with some tremendous imagery. I loved the scenery, but I also really enjoyed those tribal scenes and I liked the use of animals quite a bit. The scene with the crocodiles is ridiculous and unrealistic, but very entertaining. But I have to say that I am getting tired at the franchise’s constant use of the sharks as it is really getting repetitive by this point.

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Live and Let Die has typical flaws of any Bond film which are the lack of any engaging or meaningful plot and forgettable characters, but it thankfully brings back the charm and the great adventurous tone to it that was missing from some of its predecessors. Yes, this is certainly one of the best Bond films to this point and it is in my opinion even an underrated film. It is such a major improvement over ‘You Only Live Twice‘ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever‘ and I really hope that they continued in this trend for the rest of this decade. But the lack of memorable plot and of course characters still maintains a major issue that the franchise is failing to correct.

Live and Let Die still has a weaker plot and not that memorable characters, but Roger Moore is solid in the role and the movie is such a big improvement over its last couple of predecessors thanks to a good use of great locations, some very memorable sequences, well executed action scenes and it is overall an entertaining and engaging flick.

My Rating – 3.5

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Movie Review

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a 2015 action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg. It is easily the best entry in the entire franchise.

This movie surprised me on so many levels. First of all, it is so admirable that a franchise can become better and better as it progresses instead of being the other way around which is more usual. The first and the second movie were quite bad, the third one was okay, ‘Ghost Protocol‘ was pretty solid and Rogue Nation is the only one that is clearly quite good and the most entertaining of the bunch as well. The story here is quite solid and the character interactions are once again pretty good. The characters are mostly pretty good with the newly introduced Ilsa Faust being the highlight of the movie and the only memorable female character in this entire series. She is so good and such a complex and well realized character.

The acting is pretty good. Tom Cruise is solid and of course respectable in his action stunts, but he and his character is unfortunately overshadowed here by Ferguson. Ethan Hunt has always been such a bore, but Ilsa is not and Rebecca Ferguson is so good in her role, delivering in dialogue as well as in action sequences. And Simon Pegg continues to be one of the highlights in this franchise as he is so incredibly likable. Jeremy Renner is also pretty good, albeit underused. But the relationship between Brandt and Hunt I really liked and especially their facial expressions towards each other which are so endearing and the highlights in this movie when humor is concerned. I loved that the we finally got a lightweight entry in this usually dull and serious series. That was a lot of fun.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has its problems mainly the pacing which is problematic and the film is overlong. Some scenes are unnecessarily long and some are quite boring. Also, there are many typical action scenes here as well. Ethan Hunt is again so incredibly boring and the villain in this movie is forgettable and not particularly well utilized.

But the action is very good and the fights in particular were some of the best in the franchise as they were so thrilling to watch and so well executed. The tone is also good as is the direction and acting. I liked the score as well, but the music was admittedly overloud at some points. The use of various locations brought a lot of eye candy here with London, Vienna and Casablanca all being really well utilized and beautiful to watch. It is a fun and very entertaining and even charming movie that even has some classy feel to it which was so refreshing to witness. It is undoubtedly the finest entry in the franchise and I respect the filmmakers for managing to make such a good and fun fifth film in a mostly dull and weak series.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has its problems which are some typical action scenes, still boring Ethan Hunt, some too prolonged sequences and a weak villain, but it has such well executed action sequences, an excellent female character in Ilsa Faust and such a charming feel to it that it is undoubtedly the finest entry in the franchise which is so admirable and it is not just the only Mission Impossible film that is quite good, but also the only one that is immensely entertaining as well.

My Rating – 4

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