NO TIME TO DIE (2021) - First Reactions NO SPOILERS please

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  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Riding a white swan to Matera
    edited October 2021 Posts: 12,409
    And here I was thinking the best title for the next Bond film surely might be, and directed to all the Bond fans on all the forums in the world :
    The Death Of Us All
    ;)
  • manovermanover uk
    Posts: 168
    Thought i will try and give a non spoilery personal review. Just came back from watching it.
    Things i liked.
    DC ..simply brilliant in it..gives his most relaxed and confident interpretation of bond. I liked his swagger throughout the movie...he kinda plays himself abit in a way.

    I liked the interaction between him and felix and makes me abit sad that jefferey wright wasnt used much in the series as whole.
    Most of the supporting actors did a commendable job.
    I liked the plot. And thought it was well explained and certainly relevant to today.
    Good action sequences.
    Emotional final third of the movie.
    Hans zimmer did a great job...especially final ascent.
    What i didnt like..
    Unfortuantely.. though i think he had his moments.. rami malek villian simply didnt have enough screen time...i think their was a good role in there...but not enough screen time to flesh it out.
    Ana de amas also needed more screen time.
    The song...pales in comparison to predecessors.

    Overall enjoyable and emotional.
    Certainly in the top tier of bond movies.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Riding a white swan to Matera
    Posts: 12,409
    @manover that is a very nice review; thanks.
    "Top tier" Bond movie is a great way to describe it.

    My nonspoiler review is: I love this film. B-) Let me count the ways a little:
    • Inspired direction. What a talented director Cary is.
    • Truly superb cinematography
    • Brilliant acting, especially by Daniel but supporting actors are wonderful
    • Excellent, exciting, superbly executed action sequences, with sound editing perfect (you feel like you are right there in the middle of it)
    • Emotional and moving, but that is not a problem for me with Daniel's films. I'm glad this one tied things up in a way I found very fitting finale for Daniel's Bond; his story arc.
    • This film does not lag. It is long but does not feel overly long.
    • The music is lovely and serves the story well.
    Not so great:
    I do think the main villain was rather weak. The villain's evil plans take a bit of unravelling (well, for me anyway).

    That's all, really. A superb Bond film, but a divisive one for longtime fans.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
    Posts: 1,083
    On second viewing, I have to see this is gorgeous looking film and it's one of best directed I've seen in the series. Cary's direction shines in the lighter moments, just a much as it does the immersive action scenes (I felt like I was right there with Bond in the thick of the action)
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Riding a white swan to Matera
    Posts: 12,409
    Yes! I think this may be my favorite Bond film for action scenes.
    So precisely, exquisitely done and that's what I have been telling friends: you feel like you are right there in it. Great sound editing throughout adds a lot, too.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 11,867
    Really liking these reviews. The ending of the film was revealed on the wrong thread, so I now know what's coming...but still really looking forward to seeing it next month despite this.

    What interests me is that Fukunaga described the film as having horror vibes and French noir film vibes. Without giving too much away, did you guys get that feel from the film?
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    QBranch wrote: »
    Really liking these reviews. The ending of the film was revealed on the wrong thread, so I now know what's coming...but still really looking forward to seeing it next month despite this.

    What interests me is that Fukunaga described the film as having horror vibes and French noir film vibes. Without giving too much away, did you guys get that feel from the film?

    Horror I only really got from the beginning and one later setpiece, but French noir is definitely a consistent vibe.
  • manovermanover uk
    Posts: 168
    Agree with above comments..the action was top tier..they seem to have learned from the crititisms of spectre action scenes.
    The action scenes ..fight .car chases were very visceral ..and they put you right in the middle of it.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 11,867
    Horror I only really got from the beginning and one later setpiece, but French noir is definitely a consistent vibe.
    Thanks buddy, sounds great.
  • Posts: 5,735
    Jordo007 wrote: »
    On second viewing, I have to see this is gorgeous looking film and it's one of best directed I've seen in the series. Cary's direction shines in the lighter moments, just a much as it does the immersive action scenes (I felt like I was right there with Bond in the thick of the action)

    Yep, those were top notch. The very best. And the set design was also stellar.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
    Posts: 5,712
    Almost off to the cinema, finally! I might have catched a spoiler somewhere, but let's pretend that didn't happen.

    Going in with an open mind, very excited. Hope that's how still feel in a few hours.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 35,387
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Almost off to the cinema, finally! I might have catched a spoiler somewhere, but let's pretend that didn't happen.

    Going in with an open mind, very excited. Hope that's how still feel in a few hours.

    Looking forward to your thoughts!
  • matt_umatt_u better known as Mr. Roark
    Posts: 4,054
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Almost off to the cinema, finally! I might have catched a spoiler somewhere, but let's pretend that didn't happen.

    Going in with an open mind, very excited. Hope that's how still feel in a few hours.

    Let us know!
  • foo_yukfoo_yuk Canada
    Posts: 26
    With all the disagreement about this film, I decided to look at the Rotten Tomatoes scores (both audience and critical) for the whole franchise. It’s quite eye opening, haha. For such a beloved franchise, people seem to dislike it a lot more often than they like it :))
  • RC7RC7
    Posts: 10,512
    DCisared wrote: »
    bondsum wrote: »
    I'm still waiting for @RC7 to post his thoughts on NTTD. He appears to have gone MIA since his early screening. I got the distinct impression he didn't care for it too much with his "marmite" remark.

    Probably still masturbating himself into an early grave after that egomaniacs return to old Trafford.

    You c…
    😉

    I saw it at the premiere, which is always a tricky one to navigate. I always end up feeling sick with anticipation and the atmosphere can be a bit all consuming. Not to mention the acoustics in that place.

    Regardless, I really enjoyed it, although I left a little shell-shocked. After several more viewings it’s settled. It’s unique. An excellent entry that packs a proper punch. It has its issues but I can feel every bit of love and thought that went into it. All I ask, whatever story they choose to tell, is that they go all out - and Fukunaga did that and more.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 35,387
    RC7 wrote: »
    DCisared wrote: »
    bondsum wrote: »
    I'm still waiting for @RC7 to post his thoughts on NTTD. He appears to have gone MIA since his early screening. I got the distinct impression he didn't care for it too much with his "marmite" remark.

    Probably still masturbating himself into an early grave after that egomaniacs return to old Trafford.

    You c…
    😉

    I saw it at the premiere, which is always a tricky one to navigate. I always end up feeling sick with anticipation and the atmosphere can be a bit all consuming. Not to mention the acoustics in that place.

    Regardless, I really enjoyed it, although I left a little shell-shocked. After several more viewings it’s settled. It’s unique. An excellent entry that packs a proper punch. It has its issues but I can feel every bit of love and thought that went into it. All I ask, whatever story they choose to tell, is that they go all out - and Fukunaga did that and more.

    Great to see you around again! I've been eager to hear what your thoughts were after that initial post the other day.
  • matt_umatt_u better known as Mr. Roark
    Posts: 4,054
    RC7 wrote: »
    DCisared wrote: »
    bondsum wrote: »
    I'm still waiting for @RC7 to post his thoughts on NTTD. He appears to have gone MIA since his early screening. I got the distinct impression he didn't care for it too much with his "marmite" remark.

    Probably still masturbating himself into an early grave after that egomaniacs return to old Trafford.
    It’s unique. An excellent entry that packs a proper punch. It has its issues but I can feel every bit of love and thought that went into it. All I ask, whatever story they choose to tell, is that they go all out - and Fukunaga did that and more.

    +1.
  • Mendes4LyfeMendes4Lyfe Given the circumstances
    edited October 2021 Posts: 7,331
    The prodigal son returns.
  • ShardlakeShardlake Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
    edited October 2021 Posts: 4,043
    matt_u wrote: »
    RC7 wrote: »
    DCisared wrote: »
    bondsum wrote: »
    I'm still waiting for @RC7 to post his thoughts on NTTD. He appears to have gone MIA since his early screening. I got the distinct impression he didn't care for it too much with his "marmite" remark.

    Probably still masturbating himself into an early grave after that egomaniacs return to old Trafford.
    It’s unique. An excellent entry that packs a proper punch. It has its issues but I can feel every bit of love and thought that went into it. All I ask, whatever story they choose to tell, is that they go all out - and Fukunaga did that and more.

    +1

    +2

  • Posts: 3,314
    RC7 wrote: »
    DCisared wrote: »
    bondsum wrote: »
    I'm still waiting for @RC7 to post his thoughts on NTTD. He appears to have gone MIA since his early screening. I got the distinct impression he didn't care for it too much with his "marmite" remark.

    Probably still masturbating himself into an early grave after that egomaniacs return to old Trafford.

    You c…
    😉

    I saw it at the premiere, which is always a tricky one to navigate. I always end up feeling sick with anticipation and the atmosphere can be a bit all consuming. Not to mention the acoustics in that place.

    Regardless, I really enjoyed it, although I left a little shell-shocked. After several more viewings it’s settled. It’s unique. An excellent entry that packs a proper punch. It has its issues but I can feel every bit of love and thought that went into it. All I ask, whatever story they choose to tell, is that they go all out - and Fukunaga did that and more.
    Great to finally get your feedback @RC7. So it took you several more viewings before you could extrapolate an opinion. I realise I must see it more than once and revist the third act again. I'll have to rectify that this coming week.
  • Posts: 1,256
    bondsum wrote: »
    RC7 wrote: »
    DCisared wrote: »
    bondsum wrote: »
    I'm still waiting for @RC7 to post his thoughts on NTTD. He appears to have gone MIA since his early screening. I got the distinct impression he didn't care for it too much with his "marmite" remark.

    Probably still masturbating himself into an early grave after that egomaniacs return to old Trafford.

    You c…
    😉

    I saw it at the premiere, which is always a tricky one to navigate. I always end up feeling sick with anticipation and the atmosphere can be a bit all consuming. Not to mention the acoustics in that place.

    Regardless, I really enjoyed it, although I left a little shell-shocked. After several more viewings it’s settled. It’s unique. An excellent entry that packs a proper punch. It has its issues but I can feel every bit of love and thought that went into it. All I ask, whatever story they choose to tell, is that they go all out - and Fukunaga did that and more.
    Great to finally get your feedback @RC7. So it took you several more viewings before you could extrapolate an opinion. I realise I must see it more than once and revist the third act again. I'll have to rectify that this coming week.

    Yep interesting to see a fair few regulars who love it. I am open minded about seeing it again now
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 5,735
    I have a problem I've not mentioned in my pseudo-review. I want to see it again, but I won't, because I live in a place where the only cinema showed the pic totally blurred from the beginning to the end, and rather darkened. I couldn't fully appreciate Cary and Linus work. So I'll have to wait for the blu ray. Before someone asks, the next cinema is a plane ride away, over sea, 1500 miles away. So, that's that :(
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 2,488
    The more I read...the more I am scared that this is a 2/3 Bond movie and 1/3 a movie which is a dagger to every massive Bond fan (this forum, for example)

    Idk, I'll see it next week hopefully, but so far I am getting the vibe of:

    The great things are better than SPECTRE
    The bad things are worse than SPECTRE

    Idk if better version of SPECTRE combined with a worse version of SPECTRE is something that I want to see from this movie.

    But again, this is just me forming my opinion based of non-spoiler reviews.

    Man, I am so scared they'd do some terrible things, to the point where if the movie ends with Safin saying "Hey...maybe this villain thing is not all that great. Yeah, Edit can I work for MI6? Yeah cool" and then Bond and Safin start singing and dancing "Why can't we be friends" while the credits roll.... I'd still be like "hey, it could've been worse"

    ..alright, maybe not, idk :D We'll see next week if this is DAD/SPECTRE level of "oh this might Edit up the franchise" or not... and seeing how they have a "new agent that might get a spin-off cause she is a black independent woman that don't need no man" aspect from DAD...and the "Hey, little bro haha, I am Blofeld, remember how we loved skiing and stuff? Haha" aspect from SPECTRE .... it's not a good start

    ..oh and also it's continuing one of the most forced love stories in the history of the franchise with Swann... yeaaaah, my expectations are loooow
  • Posts: 25
    Saw it today. I really enjoyed it very much, Craig was awesome and showed once again why I consider his Bond to be one of my personal heroes. Just a man doing his job and serving his country and taking down those who prey on others. No chest thumping or grandstanding.

    But the plot/story was the biggest problem. It honestly needed to sit in the oven and cook some more. The film will be a success, but it could have been so much better if someone had sat down and filled in the plot holes and addressed the dangling threads. The villain came across like an angry incel. I still don't get his relationship or fixation with Madeleine. The homage to the Bond Tracy relationship in OHMSS was a nice touch, but sadly Swann just doesn't come across as the type of woman a man would loose himself over.

    The film will be a success but it could have been so much better. I would rank it right in the middle behind CR and SP.
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    The film will be a success but it could have been so much better. I would rank it right in the middle behind CR and SP.

    Sorry, my mistake. I meant I place it behind Casino Royale and Skyfall.

  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
    Posts: 5,712
    Saw it yesterday. Not sure what to make of it. There were certainly moments that I liked, but boy that last third got me in a weird mood. I’m afraid I can’t say anything useful about it. I just don’t find the words.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 3,090
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Saw it yesterday. Not sure what to make of it. There were certainly moments that I liked, but boy that last third got me in a weird mood. I’m afraid I can’t say anything useful about it. I just don’t find the words.

    I loved a lot of the movie the first time but it felt weird when I left the cinema. I waited three days and watched it again and I liked it even more. After knowing the "surprises" it was easier for me to enjoy the rest (if this makes any sense).
    I will watch it again tomorrow...
  • Posts: 4,279
    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Saw it yesterday. Not sure what to make of it. There were certainly moments that I liked, but boy that last third got me in a weird mood. I’m afraid I can’t say anything useful about it. I just don’t find the words.

    You and me both! When I exited last Thursday, I just didn't know what I had seen! Going to wait to wait until I see it again, and hopefully I can muster up something to say!
  • matt_umatt_u better known as Mr. Roark
    Posts: 4,054
    CR was a great James Bond film. SF was a great film about James Bond.

    NTTD is both.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
    Posts: 5,712
    It’s tough to really say what I feel in this thread. I went into detail in the other.

    All in all I liked it, but there were some things that didn’t sit well. I think it’s a mid-tier entry for me at the moment.
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