Usually I prefer to give positive reviews on this blog. But there are exceptions.
My wife has been wanting to see “Quantum of Solace”(QOS) the 2nd Daniel Craig James Bond movie before seeing “Skyfall.” I’ve heard “Skyfall” is very good. QOS though is just a hot mess.
From the first action scene I just don’t care about what the characters and often have no idea what’s going on. Nothing is explained about why there are in Siena, what the famous horse race is about or who he is chasing. I realize that QOS is a sequel to the very good “Casino Royale” ***1/2, but haven’t seen Casino Royale in years and don’t remember the connections.
I had heard bad things, but usually when I watch a movie I don’t want to reach for my Twitter and start snarking the movie. Quantum of Solace was more fun to snark at then watch. The plot makes no sense, Marc Forster clearly can’t direct action movies (yet is doing World War Z), and the Bond franchise is lucky to have fan loyalty after all of the years.
The villian isn’t interesting, the plot boring, and the bond girl uninteresting. It’s a hot mess. Skip it.
I did read an interesting piece where Daniel Craig blamed the hot mess that is Quantum of Solace on the writer’s strike. If that’s the case, then just don’t shoot the movie. I’ve heard “Skyfall” is good, but QOS literally has worse writing and plot then a SyFy channel B-movie, amazingly bad.