Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Distributed by
United Artists Launch
Duration: 163 minutes

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

James Bond has been played by a number of different actors and has been on more than 25 on-screen adventures over the course of nearly 60 years, but it never felt like his story had a closure. Most of the time, the actors come and go from the role because that is the idea of ​​the character: that the story and the adventure never end. No time to die It shakes things up a bit by definitely putting a cap on Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond and offering a true ending to a full five-film arc.

The film begins shortly after Specter, with Bond enjoying retirement with Madeleine Swan (Lea Seydoux) and trying to keep a low profile. But after a riveting action sequence that brings them back to action, the film takes a rather significant leap in time that not only makes Bond go even further, but causes the world around him to change more than it is. what I expected. The biggest changes are that of 007’s mantle taken over by Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and a new villain emerging with Safin (Rami Malek) with ties to James and Madeleine’s past.

I have seen every James Bond movie that has been produced and in particular have grown up watching the adventures of Daniel Craig since I was very young, so I am perhaps biased in saying that I think he is the quintessential Bond in my life. eyes. From the genuine courage behind his action to the way he knows not only what to say but how to say it in the smoothest possible way, there is simply nothing better than him, in my opinion; and Craig delivers perhaps his best Bond performance here on his latest outing. Yes, he’s delivering witty lines and beating up the bad guys like there’s no tomorrow, but this time there’s a heartfelt emotion and nuance to his performance that makes it the most emotional James Bond movie to date.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga takes over the leadership role this time, and it absolutely shows. You can always count on the 007 franchise to deliver top-notch action, but Fukunaga goes the extra mile to add some really impressive one-shots and pairs it with absolutely gorgeous cinematography – perhaps the most compelling James Bond movie aside from Skyfall? However, it’s clear that the reason Fukunaga was the type for the job is how he blends classic spy elements into the story while balancing really solid character work and a true sendoff for Bond.

At 163 minutes, No Time to Die spares no expense when it comes to telling its story with multiple locations and a wide range of characters. While I really enjoyed the movie, I think it would have benefited from a bit tighter editing at the end of the day. My only other real complaint here is that I thought Rami Malek’s villain Savin was somehow undercooked in the end despite such a long runtime. It’s hard to explain why he’s disappointing without diving into the spoilers, but it seems like there are a lot of settings for him and not a lot of rewards for the actual character and his motives.

Even with those complaints in mind, they really feel miniscule when all is said and done, because what the movie needs to get right, it absolutely nails with immense class and bravery for Craig’s final bow. After years of delay, the movie doesn’t disappoint in the least and somehow feels like the most genuinely biggest blockbuster we’ve had in nearly two years, as well as the most ideal and emotional final chapter you could ask for when it arrives. . to that of James Bond.

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