Campbell raises the bar. It was light and easy to do so, and yet he failed to place it in the major leagues. The franchise does this every time, they take a big break and hype up their upcoming project and tease the fans to a degree that they go vulnerable enough to chug up any bizarre made up story that somehow revolves around the same cheesy, ethically wrong icon. And I guess, it's that very same controversial debate that what is it so absorbing to watch three hours of gangsters creating havoc and still root for them. But at least, there is some sort of originality and authenticity in every new version of Martin Scorsese's mean street boys.
Here, this almost a Royale personality, has been revoking his license for commercial cinema as a get out clause which never was and shouldn't be an excuse to low quality cinema. And Martin Campbell, the director, isn't adding anything new to it, yet with such huge fumbles in the past, this seems like a project where a lot of work was put on. And similar is our new hero Pierce Brosnan ready to be drooled over, he puts on a lot of effort even in the long chase sequences, unlike Roger Moore he doesn't just sit by in a boat.
But what comes in natural to Brosnan; a highly appealing personality, is never reflected back by him with equally sincerity. And when he does work hard, his performance makes sure you are aware of it, such an effortful is his process and painful our experience. Sean Bean, a worthy foe sweats hard for it just like Famke Janssen who yells loud for the effects, combining them lies a noteworthy set of evil partner which is undermined by Brosnan's stealy cold look with his blue-grey eyes and yet they called it a GoldenEye.
The storyline is generic. A disgruntled Cossack seeks to avenge his people by infiltrating MI6, betraying the British, and destroying the countryÔ(TM)s finances through the use of a Soviet superweapon.
Unfortunately for everyone, the writers had a uniquely horrendous talent for squandering great casting. Sean Bean, a personal favorite, is relegated to an utterly uninteresting villain, while Famke Janssen, one of the hottest women alive, is written so absurdly over the top that she is robbed of all sex appeal. The protagonist is hollow and as inanimate as the weapons he uses.
The effects are average for the era and havenÔ(TM)t aged well at all. Eric SerraÔ(TM)s score subtracts from the plot at every opportunity. The title sequence is unremarkable, and Tina TurnerÔ(TM)s performance of the theme song is quite forgettable.
The film has its humorous moments, most notably BondÔ(TM)s interaction with Agent Q. The one bit of dialogue the writers are decent at is one-liners.
The gadgets of the movie are both fun and believable. However, most of the action sequences are so filled with absurdities that Bond tearing up the streets of St. Petersburg in a stolen tank is actually one of the more enjoyable scenes in the film.
Not even the best action flick of its year, your time would be better spent on Die Hard With a Vengeance. While GoldenEye has its moments, itÔ(TM)s ultimately a one-and-done stereotype that should be watched once and shelved permanently.
The Good: There are some things that GoldenEye does better than most bond outings.
1. First off are the bond girls: Izabella Scorupco is perfect as the Damsel in Distress/ Girl next Door love interest while Famke Janssen isn´┐ 1/2(TM)t just one of the best femme fatales in the Bond series she is easily one of the best henchman (Henchwoman?).
2. The stunts and action beats are downright excellent all across the board. For a rather long film, it doesn´┐ 1/2(TM)t feel it with a good pace that takes a breather every once in a while.
3. In addition, Pierce Brosnan is a breath of fresh air in the role and acts as if he had been playing it for years.
The Bad: There also some Bond tropes that are particularly painful in this one.
1. Whoever wrote Bonds one-liners in this film needs to be shaken as well as stirred. The snarky quotes manage to both take one out of the scene and appear desperate.
2. Look I know that ´┐ 1/2I don´┐ 1/2(TM)t want you to talk Mr. Bond I want you to die´┐ 1/2? is clearly a lie in these films as no one seems willing to just shoot Bond once captured. Goldeneye takes this to an extreme where an unconscious Bond is left in a puzzle box with all his gadgets over and over again. (Leaving him in a jet cockpit was particularly pathetic) Even by the weighted scale of a Bond villain, these are some pretty bad efforts.
The Ugly: Pierce Brosnan attacks Minnie Driver´┐ 1/2(TM)s off-key singing. Look Brosnon I saw Mama Mia you have no right to ever criticize anyone's singing ever.
In Conclusion: While Goldeneye is better remembered for the videogame it spun off than the movie itself it remains Pierce Brosnan's strongest outing and a very entertaining film in its own right.
Haven played the video game first on the Nintendo 64 before watching the movie, it made me appreciate both media of the same title more.
This was a long wait follow-up after License to Kill. It had everything from humour to action to hi-tech displays to the signature bond. And for me, Pierce Brosnan's entry as Bond fitted the Ian Fleming-description or perhaps my perceived view of how Bond should look.
This was a classic for me...it gets 5-stars.
P.S - Judy Dench delivered excellently on the "M" role as expected.
quote from Bond on killing Xenia Onantopp - " She always did enjoy a good squeeze" lol