Film Review: GoldenEye

As quickly as things improved Timothy Dalton departed and in walked Pierce Brosnan, and sadly, Timothy forgot to hand back the blueprints for how to make a good Bond film. The opening title sequence to Brosnan’s reign, as he bungee jumps down the Dam before breaking into the Russian base just sum up exactly what type of Bond he plans to bring to the screen and sadly, it’s going right back to the bad old days.

It’s such a shame though because at the time, Brosnan was arguably one of the most realistic looking actors to play Bond. He looks like a soldier: he looks trained and he looks right. But then he throws this perfect fit away by channeling his inner Roger. The stunts become over the top, the one liners and stupidity become too much, and by the time the ubiquitous naked girl appears to usher in the opening titles everything has been ramped way beyond even 11 that you really question how they thought anyone would buy this. It’s just too unbelievable to be true.

However, don’t reach for the off button just yet, because thankfully, the movie settles down. It’s strange that the opening titles almost act as a divide between two films: the opening 15 minute short that’s ludicrous in its lack of realism and the main 2 hour feature that while still full of fault, does at least try to pretend to be slightly more serious.

Sadly though, it’s mainly just pretence because while the overall plot to GoldenEye is good, the ideas are sound and direction it takes to move through that story acceptable, it just never bothers to do more than plod its preplanned and unfaltering route from A to B. Allowing at no point any chance of stopping to explain anything or to even let you ask a question. Heaven forbid that you may even want an answer! Does nobody really bother to stop and investigate a stolen helicopter?

And then just when you have accepted that as a film it’s got no depth, and that if something is portrayed in a certain way, then no matter how farfetched, confusing or questionable it may be, that is simply the way it is GoldenEye decides the timing is perfect to lower the tone and bring back the stupidity that destroyed the Roger Moore era and turns a what is a poor but potentially passable film into something that should be quickly ignored and forgotten.

My case in point is Q telling Bond not to touch the preposterously large baguette, because it’s his lunch. It’s an unnecessary line that is delivered with so much seriousness that it doesn’t serve to lighten the mood and make you laugh as it’s intended but rather just make you visibly groan. The joke is so obvious it, the only way it could make you laugh is through it’s delivery and timing and they couldn’t even get that right.

Overall, I am not a fan of GoldenEye. I think that when you look at it as the follow up to Licence to Kill you realise just how poor it actually is. It’s not a movie I would bother watching again. What’s worse is that it’s such a shame to think, that having spent so much of my childhood around my mate Pele’s house playing the computer game on his the Nintendo 64 and getting so much enjoyment from it, that the film it grew out of is such a disappointing let down.

6 out of 10 stars (6 / 10)

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