But I had not quite expected this.
I recommend watching it BEFORE opening the following spoiler tag. Great cast, plain entertaining like Bond hasn't been since Roger Moore (my favorite Bond. FUCK YOU Mr. oh-so-serious-Craig, Mr Look-at-me-sexing-the-womenfolk-Connery and all the others, Moore's Bond was absurdist sci-fi/comedy, and it was good!).
No, the violence was almost preposterously graphic.
In a movie which, all things considered ... is not really made for jaded 40 year olds. But for texting teens, to be honest. It has a "youth-movie" motif and feel to it. And all that delightful violence and cheerful disregard for human life.
And an anal sex scene involving a Scandinavian princess.
I had not quite expected that. From some new web-only show on Netflix or Play-Station, maybe, or from a weird independent movie.
But here, we got Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Colin Firth. A-list. But in a ridiculously violent movie made NOT by Mr. Tarantino. And without that Tarantino flair that makes the violence in his movies just a bit uncomfortable to watch, real, not so ... entertaining.
I'm sure if Mr. Firth decimated the rabid congregation of a church in a Tarantino movie, as much cineastic art as it would be, it would be more disturbing to watch than here.
Heck, this movie even has the kind of villain and evil-henchmanners Bond hasn't brought since the Roger Moore era.
I mean, a hot chick who's paralympic-grade prosthetic legs are her (quite lethal and gruesome) weapon of choice and a billionaire geek with a lisp and a terrible aversion to actual violence who, still, wants to decimate the world's population? And NOT, unlike all the Bond villains of recent decades, for mere money, but to actually save the damn planet?
And yet, it's clearly a movie made for the millenial generation.
Which now has me envious. They get movies where the good guys literally explode the heads of heads of state, Swedish royalty explicitly invite the well-dressed hero to take the brown to pound-town and the deadliest death-machines around are cute girls who, technically, are severely "disabled" (she ain't).