Friday, November 4, 2016
Zero Dark Thirty
I was quite impressed by Maya's level of feist. As portrayed by Jessica Chastain, she wasn't difficult to look at either. It was difficult to reconcile the decade or so of real-life events with the time the film had to show them. I wish I had gotten a clearer idea of what the CIA team did between leads. I also think the SEAL team part of the movie was drawn out a bit too much. But over-all, I give this a modest thumb up.
I think there are some good ideas here, but it could have been executed better. There are plot holes I can't forgive. Also, the ladies' man doesn't seem the part to me.
It's part spoof. Pop culture references include Dick Tracy, Ferdinand Celine, and Nosferatu. Caution seems to me like a cross between Philip Marlowe and James Bond. There's an evil computer, a la HAL, though 2001 hadn't been released yet.
Anyway, seems somebody has a grudge against M and isn't afraid of some collateral damage. Will 007 be able to stop this miscreant?
This is not one of the better Bond films. The opening action sequence is over-done. There are stretches of boredom. It's one of the least sexy Bond films since the 1980's and the AIDS crisis. That being said, Daniel Craig does a good job as Bond. Javier Bardem plays the cray cray villain well. There are some funny lines.
Judi Dench as M. Directed by Sam Mendes.
* - Yes. I have seen the original TV version of Casino Royale.
La chambre bleue
It's a bit on the short side - 75 minutes. It's stronger in the acting department than the plot. On the whole, it kind of ended up being a mid-range legal drama with a brief nod or two to steamy romance. I'll never look at a red towel the same way again, though. :)