The most bloated and absurd of all James
in which the excesses of the Pierce Brosnan era are unleashed into
full-blown CGI territory. After a unique and promising
sequence, in which Bond suffers at the hands of his North Korean
captors, the film then wanders off into la-la land and asks us to
accept nonsense ranging from DNA alteration to invisible
Rule of thumb for the future of the series: if a computer, rather than
a human being, is required for a stunt, it doesn't belong in a Bond
film. As the 20th film in the official series, released in
series' 40th anniversary year, DIE ANOTHER DAY is loaded with visual
and verbal references to past Bond films, so fans can at least play
"Spot the Homage" while enduring the silliness. And there's
always John Cleese and Judi Dench, who can't help but improve the
quality of any scene in which they appear. Halle Berry, fresh
from her Oscar win, was the biggest star to ever accept the role of a
Bond girl, but she fizzles rather than sizzles in the role of
Jinx. June Cleaver would have been more credible as a tough
chick, and even Barbara Billingsley herself was better at speaking
jive. ½ - JL
It's fitting that DIE ANOTHER
DAY features the
worst Bond theme ever - a techno piece of crapola by Madonna - because
ANOTHER DAY is the worst Bond film ever.
Ironically, the first half ranks with the
best and most
intelligent Bond films. After the opening mini-movie, there is
solid 35 minute stretch without a major action sequence - just Bond
jaunting around the world in search of the bad guy. Then,
suddenly, R arrives and gives Bond... an invisible car?
What??? It goes from being FROM
RUSSIA WITH LOVE to MOONRAKER
a single scene, and then goes beyond MOONRAKER by several light years.
DIE ANOTHER DAY would be what I would show to film students in a lesson on why you should never use CGI in an action movie. A scene with Bond driving a snow flyer off an ice cliff displays everything I hate about the overuse of CGI. It looks completely unrealistic, and the following sequence where Bond "surfs" himself to safety looks like a George Pal Puppettoon intercut with shots of Pierce Brosnan gesticulating unconvincingly in front of a blue screen. I watched a little of the "making of" bits on the DVD and the creators were going on and on about how realistic the CGI effects were in this scene, and I couldn't help but think that I have seen more convincing sequences in movies where a guy in a rubber Godzilla suit crushes Tonka trucks under his feet while toy planes fly around his head.
And I never thought I'd say this, but after seeing the usually fine Halle Berry stumbled her way through a Bond film, I actually miss Denise Richards. ½- JB007 Page Prev. Film: The World is Not Enough Next Film: Casino Royale
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