The 25th Bond film "No Time to Die" is finally on the big screen! After many pandemic-related delays, Daniel Craig's James Bond has made his way to theaters for his final assignment. It's been roughly 5 years since Bond retired from her majesty's service. But now he's being called upon, yet again, to save the world. He's facing what could be his greatest threat yet, the newest Bond villain with the creepy mask Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek). Safin is set on world domination and annihilation. He has a new dangerous technology that can alter people's DNA so that they can transfer a virus that only certain people will be affected by. And once this virus is in your body, it can never be removed. How diabolical is that (and relevant to our times)? Before you decide if "No Time to Die" is worth the watch, let's review the things we noticed.
Reasons to Watch...
- Daniel Craig reminds us why most people vote him as the best Bond of all time. The level of physicality Craig showcases in the film is remarkable.
- This film captures all the things we love about Bond movies. It offers next generation weapons and gadgets; Craig gives us a few more awesomely cheesy Bond one-liner puns to add to our arsenal; and you'll most likely see Rami Malek's villain in your nightmares.
- The variety of action sequences, chase scenes, and unexpected explosions is incredible. Once the first bit of spectacle commences, the accelerated pace of the film never really slows down.
- "No Time to Die" is unlike any of Craig's other Bond films. It weaves together info. and characters from all his previous films. And it ties everything together to offer an emotional, nostalgic conclusion to the Craig Bond era.
- Some of the supporting characters that you would expect to have more of an impact in the film don't add much to the storyline.
- There are certain moments in the flick where vulnerable characters that are clearly outgunned somehow manage to escape or overthrow another character, even though realistically it would never happen.
- The film has a runtime of 2 hours and 43 minutes which feels needlessly long. The build up to the climax was stretched thin and could have been condensed.
- In trying to pull elements from the other films to make one cohesive ending for Daniel Craig's run as Bond, it can be tough to stay focused on the mission at hand.
Watch or Not?
After our review of "No Time to Die," we think you should watch it in theaters tonight!
With the movie basically sitting on a shelf for two years for its theatrical liftoff, there's even more pressure for it to live up to its already high expectations. And now that we've seen it, it's safe to say Craig has done it again. This is exactly the kind of movie you have to watch in theaters. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga gives us all the traditional ingredients of a winning Bond movie formula and then some. The film is an incredible tribute to Daniel Craig's time as Bond and to the franchise overall.
October 8, 2021
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.