No time to die (2021)

A long and effective film, with sublime action sequences, sweeping cinematography and a fitting farewell to Daniel Craig.

Rami Malek plays the foreboding villain well, I just wish he had more screen time. The franchise steps out of its usual mould and takes on a fuller, more wholesome approach.

The supporting cast has a great range, leaving an impact even in a limited number of scenes or shots. Watch it for the locales and the stunts which keep you entertained throughout.

3.5/5

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In the heart of the sea (2015)

Director Ron Howard has made some greats in his career and he just added one more. While the film is heavy on special effects, as it would be impossible to recreate the incidents, it still leaves an impact.

If you don’t know about the hows and whys of whale hunting in the 1800s, or ever read Moby Dick, this film is a crash course on the subject and era. They move things along swiftly, without wasting time on extraneous detail. The result? A top notch IMAX 3D film with a sound story.

The visuals are not only dramatic but difficult to digest as well. It speaks of a world we don’t even remember in theory, which is its strength. The characters telling the story (Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw) and in the epic itself (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland) and the supporting cast, do complete justice to the plot.

A thrilling tale with dependable acting.

3/5

Spectre (2015)

A Bored Bond combined with slick Indian censorship results in a series of scenes sewn together for our benefit.

To give director Sam Mendes his due, he has handled the various modes of transport with some remarkable action, but there is no tension.

A lack of adrenaline is precisely what this film suffers from, and it seems Daniel Craig’s apathy towards a character that gave him so much, weakens it further. Bond Girl Lea Seydoux is a combinations of beauty, brains and brawn and puts a little sparkle into the fading Bond.

We miss Judi Dench as ’M’, though Ralph Fiennes does an ok job minus the wit. Monica Bellucci makes a cameo while not so menacing villain Christoph Waltz tries to terrorise but fails.

Ben Whishaw as ‘Q’, Naomie Harris, Andrew Scott provide able support and Dave Bautista leaves an ‘impact’ without saying much.

One of the weaker films and a let down after Skyfall. Points for action and locales, not traditional Bond espionage and spy thrills.

2/5