Posts Tagged ‘Marc Forster’

Quantum of Solace: Rough Around the Edges and Liking It

November 19, 2008
Chasing down the neigh-sayers.

Chasing down the neigh-sayers.

The new Bond film, Quantum of Solace, has a really slick energy behind it. At moments almost a little too stylized for it’s own good, but I’m not complaining! I like style, especially when there’s an intriguing story, and this particular one picks up right where the last one left off. Finally a soap opera for dudes, that doesn’t include the Saw films.

And who doesn’t want to see Daniel Craig grow into the role of the Bond we remember, and when we get to the Bond we remember, will we want him again? (Judging by other reviews they’d rather have a character that feigns emotions, rather than has them!) This new Bond…rebooted Bond…is so intriguing and driven. Craig adds more nuances to Bond than most actors do with “serious” roles. Driven by things he doesn’t quite understand himself. Calculated coldness and emotional turmoil and he’s still got a sense of humor that pokes it’s nose through on occasion. And sometimes he doesn’t say anything at all. What can he say? If you don’t remember Casino Royale, this is an injured man.

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“The Kite Runner”: Flying Kites is Cool

December 21, 2007

The Kite Runner

The problem with The Kite Runner isn’t that it doesn’t have a story to tell, it’s that the story is so spread out its difficult to put an emotional bead on any one thing. Since the impact is lessened what the writers (David Benioff) and director (Marc Forster) try to do is to give us connections that are too contrived and so false that they bleed into the ridiculous.

The first third of the story focuses on two childhood friends in Afghanistan. Amir belongs to the dominant ethnic group Pashtun, who also belongs to the dominant Sunni religion. His Father, Baba, is a wealthy man who sympathizes with the lower-caste ethnicity known as Hazara. Amir’s best friend Hassan is not only a Hazara but belongs to the minority of Shi’ite religious followers and is the son of Baba’s servant, making Hassan a servant as well. Growing up one can imagine that this was never a problem for Amir and Hassan – this separation of class and religion, though they share some dialogue about trust and friendship early on. It’s a problem that the neighborhood boys don’t appreciate his differences and ridicule Hassan. Hassan is the type of strong boy who stands up for himself. Baba respects that about him and he’s afraid that Amir won’t live up to those expectations. When Amir overhears his Father’s love for Hassan, he becomes jealous. But there’s no time for that as the kite flying contest approaches.

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