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Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Quantum of Solace


As you know, mommy and grandmama went to see the new James Bond movie without me. That did not deter me from my purpose in the slightest. I know how you kitties depend on me to bring you the latest and greatest movie reviews and recommendations! Therefore after mommy fell asleep last night, I prowled through the bottomless black hole she calls her purse and borrowed her plastic card thingy, donned my disguise, and had Loki drive me to the nearest theatre.

As Igor Kittenovsky, Russian Foreign Exchange Student, I bought my ticket, popcorn, Dr Pepper, and some gummy bears and settled down to watch. (I also took a few extra straws. A kitty can never have enough, and I mean, that dispenser was RIGHT THERE next to the napkins and I could HEAR it calling my name.)


Quantum of Solace (2008)

Directed By: Marc Forster

Written By: Paul Haggis and Neil Purvis


"Quantum of Solace" takes place shortly after "Casino Royale" ends . . . so if you plan to see this film and haven't seen "Casino Royale" yet, make sure you do so. Knowing what happened previously will make sure you enjoy this movie much more.

James Bond is trying to uncover the truth about the organization that blackmailed his love interest Vesper, and ultimately lead to her death. Struggling against his own grief and sense of betrayal, Bond is as much driven by his need for vengeance as he is by a sense of duty or justice in this film. Traveling from Italy to Haiti, Bond meets Camille and through her discovers Dominic Greene, an environmentalist who seems to have connections to Quantum, the evil organization that Bond was up against in Casino Royale.

Bond discovers that Greene is only using his environmentalist company as a cover for much more greedy and non-environmentally friendly ends. Greene has promised both England and the United States large oil shares in Bolivia, if they will ignore the junta his organization is supporting there. While making such promises, he is hoarding all of the water in an underground dam, and forcing the new government to pay him an exorbitant amount of money for using his now monopolized natural resource. Also, the General who Greene is working with in Bolivia is the one who murdered Camille's family when she was just a child. Camille's association with Greene is just a way to get closer to the General. Bond and Camille understand each other well, since they are both ultimately after the same thing: vengeance.


"Quantum of Solace," while very good, does not quite live up to the excellence of "Casino Royale." However, when taken as the sequel to and continuation of the "Casino Royale" story, it is excellent. Daniel Craig's Bond is a much more well-fleshed out character. You understand more what drives and motivates him throughout the entire film. Just seeing his expression can let you know what he is thinking; words aren't necessary for him to explain his thoughts. "Quantum of Solace" is less dramatically violent than "Casino Royale," and is much shorter. Apparently, "Casino Royale" is the longest Bond movie ever made, while "Quantum of Solace" is the shortest!

I give "Quantum of Solace" two paws up and a whisker spread, for being full of action, drama, and even some wonderful and dry British humor. . . not to mention the latest installment in the Bond franchise!

13 meows:

Camie's Kitties said...

Brilliant review as usual. We are glad that you enjoyed the movie. We probably won't get to see it since Mom doesn't rent too many movies that aren't science fiction. She has a friend that is obsessed with SciFi, and since mom likes it too, they get together to watch it.

Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

The Meezers said...

Great review!!!

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Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Great review as always, Tybalt!

ZOOLATRY said...

Our bean (unfortunately) never goes to the movies (the last one she saw in a theater was CHICAGO!)... but she is drooling over Mr Bond here.

DEBRA said...

:::clappin paws::::
Great review Tybalt. Mom loves the James Bond movies...

purrs
Abby

Shadow / Molly said...

Hmmm dat sounds like a gud way to spend a few squillion hours! We hopes yoo took a ton of straws home wif yoo seeing as they are always jus there ....

Daisy said...

Lots of action sounds good to me!

ps: I hope you got the gummy bears out of your teeths.

Fin said...

Dum, dum dum dum da da ... I was going for the Bond theme but I don't think I have it...

Sweet Praline said...

Nice review!

My mom went to see the Bond movie tonight and she didn't take me. Mom is still drooling over his beautiful blue eyes!

Isis said...

i loved the bond movie as well! it was great!

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Oh... & purrty soon you will be in da moveez Tybalt!!! Dat iz thrillin. I cant's wait fur da review of da CSI.

Cat Street Boyz said...

Oh our Mommy loves the muddy bears when she goes to the movies. That was a great review however Mommy likes girly, feel good movies....we have over 300 DVD movies and what is she gonna watch tonight....While you were sleeping...for the 100th time!!!Jeez=^Y^=the Cat Street Boyz

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

We love Bond!! And we are going to have to get Mommy to sneak us into the movie so we can see it, too!
Your FL furiends,