No Time To Die Review: ‘Genre’ Bond Movie ‘Relentless’ But Worth The Waiting | Ents & Arts News
The Sky News entertainment team managed to purchase tickets for the world premiere of No Time To Die, at the Royal Albert Hall. Here’s their reaction to the most anticipated film release in years.
Claire Gregory, Entertainment Journalist and Backstage Podcast Host
Much has been said about the secrecy surrounding Bond 25.
Although it was pushed back due to the pandemic and heavily promoted, no one had actually seen the film until last night, which led to speculation about what it might be hiding.
It’s safe to say that after seeing the film, it’s clear the producers decided not to let reporters see it until the press tour, keeping the more general questions about the franchise and not the details of what is happening : No time to die is a genre leap.
It starts with horror, we go through the romance (of course), the action (of Classes) and even a few family dramas as the franchise’s first American director Cary Fukunaga brings an ingenuity to cinematography that perfectly distracts audiences from trying to figure out what everyone is really doing.
And in a post-pandemic world, a weapon spread by touch seems too prescient (although this was of course written before the coronavirus outbreak) and there are times that can remind viewers that, unfortunately, we understand. too many things like exponential spread these days.
The film is packed with technology, explosions, guns and car chases.
In fact, some scenes seem slightly free, with Daniel craig get one last chance to do just about anything you can expect from Bond.
Fans will be delighted that all of the classic lines are delivered, sometimes with such humor that you can’t help but think they were improved upon by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s pass to the script.
The film promised to see women through a more modern lens and Lashana Lynch is a brilliant addition, playing the antithesis of Craig’s 007, and crossing a line between the newbie and a necessary part of the action.
Lea Seydoux returns as Madeleine Swann – the first of Bond’s loves to be invited back into the franchise – but let’s just say the relationship isn’t going well; and while Ana De Arnas doesn’t have a huge role, she’s welcome when she’s on screen, leaving you to hope that she can return at some point.
But what about Bond’s legacy? What does No Time To Die tell us about the future of the franchise?
Well, sure, we know Craig isn’t coming back, and the movie makes no apologies for giving him an almost reverent farewell.
But there are certainly doors open for some characters, and without Daniel Craig to walk through them, we might see Bond take a very different form in the future.
Katie Spencer, Arts and Entertainment Correspondent
Even before the opening credits, Cary Fukunaga sets the pace for what will follow. The action is relentless, and it’s easy to tell why it’s so long – Fukunaga lets the action scenes roll and unfold, but it’s impossible to say how you would cut them.
Bond Asides smacks of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and straightforward scenes, such as the rather random cast of Hugh Dennis, put a smile on your face.
Lashana Lynch’s character fits Bond perfectly onscreen, providing the cat and mouse hooking up to a movie debut. She also makes you think of how a 007 woman might take the franchise forward.
Rami Malek is spectacular – incredibly dark and just absorbing to watch – and Bond makes his way through a pleasant final farewell.
Well worth the wait.
Critics give their opinion
Kevin Maher, writing in The Times, described No Time To Die as “magnificent”, harnessing the potential of Craig’s first Bond film, Casino Royale.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Robbin Collin praised the “thrilling and sinister prologue”, described it as “often very funny” and said that his mood “is often closer to the happiest parts of the films of Connery “.
Peter Bradshaw, writing in The Guardian, compared No Time To Die to the world of Marvel and DC superheroes, with director Cary Joji Fukunaga delivering the film “with terrific panache” – but said “above all it’s big. : big action, big laughs, big stunts “.
Empire magazine awarded the film four stars and reviewer John Nugent said it “dutifully ticks all the boxes – but brilliantly often doesn’t look like a Bond movie at all”, and described it as ” fitting end to the Craig era “.
But Clarisse Loughrey, writing in The Independent, said the film went off without incident, that Remi Malek’s performance was disappointing, and that the Oscar winner “gives the role next to nothing beyond his focus. and his stereotypical and disfigured makeup “. But she said Craig “overshadows everything around him.”
Amy Hitchcock, Arts and Entertainment Editor-in-Chief
I had three reservations about this film.
First, would it seem old-fashioned, especially after 18 months of delays due to COVID-19 – released in a post-pandemic world?
Secondly; Would the character – so synonymous with feminization – ever really be able to do enough to catch up with society – especially after MeToo – and engage a younger, more feminine audience?
And third – perhaps my biggest concern – for two hours and 43 minutes, would I be able to stay awake?
I was won over on all points.
The most striking thing for me – the film opens and ends with scenes dominated not only by women, but also by tales of young girls. A hint in a progressive tone and perhaps a new start for the franchise.
The opening words “you eat because you’re depressed”, with a few lingering shots through a house in the middle of nowhere, a drunk mother on the couch, her young daughter doing all she can to survive the day. horror unfolding instantly recalls Killing Eve – no doubt the fingerprints of Phoebe Waller-Bridge here.
He feels blissfully ignorant of reality, and his escape is welcome, but it’s more complex characters and a bioweapons storyline that infect and kill on touch. tropes (and jokes) remain.
Spectacularly well-shot villains, wonderfully dark (Rami Malek’s performance is flawless) and maybe more depth than before, maybe Bond can really save the day – for short-term cinema at least.