Media Monday: Quantum of Solace

Jan
28
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Title: Quantum of Solace
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Marc Forster
Studio: MGM Studios
Genre: Action
Summary: [from IMDB]

Seeking revenge for the death of his love, secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country’s valuable resource.

My Review:

What is it with me and picking action-y movies lately?! Geez!

The thing with Bond is there’s a halfway decent story there under all the car chases, shooting people and blowing stuff up, and that is why I watch them. I’ll admit, I tune out most of the action. I make a point of having some knitting or something in my lap for precisely that reason. Unfortunately that does mean I miss some things. But I get the gist – why would I need to watch the fight scenes? I know who’s gonna win in the end!

The thing that struck me this time was the symbolism. Sometimes it hits you over the head with a mallet, sometimes it’s more subtle. One of my favorites is as we meet Camille – the Bond girl of the flick. I knew right away that she would be the one to “save” Bond emotionally. If you look closely, there are several shots of her from behind. There’s an odd scarring pattern between her shoulder blades – later we find out it was from a fire she lived through as a child. Look at it symbolically, though, and the placement of the scarring suggests a loss of wings, a fallen angel, if you will. That symbolism is only strengthened by the fact that their escape boat is called “Gardien les etoiles” – French for Garden of the Stars. So, of course, knowing the lore of the first fallen angel, I’m sitting here wondering when she’ll betray him. That’s a fairly common trope among Bond movies, so it’s not too big a leap. It’s not until later that we discover the symbolism being used isn’t exactly fallen angel, but rather a broader loss of innocence when she acquired the scars.

Besides that, I was pretty “Eh” about the movie. It was decent, had a decent plotline, and certainly had enough action to satisfy those who watch for that sort of thing. Me, I’m just in it for the clever, mysterious parts.





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2 Responses to “Media Monday: Quantum of Solace”

  1. I really never watch James Bond movies, but the husband loves them. I like action movies, but only to a certain point. There MUST be a good storyline for me to like it.

  2. […] I reviewed the Bond flick Quantum of Solace. Why do I keep picking the gory […]

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