I was thinking about seeing it today, but I'll probably just maintain my relaxing, "do nothing" Saturday and catch it next weekend (or one night this week?) and let the crowds die down a bit.
I like Brosnan's take on Bond. Best one since Connery (although, I guess that's not saying a lot, is it?).
There have been several white guy villians over the years: Jonathan Pryce, Goldfinger, Christopher Walken, Donald Pleasance, Christopher Lee, the white haired-guy with the underwater base, Sean Bean, Robert Davi, Richard Kiel (Jaws), the head villian in "Moonraker" (see his face, just don't know his name), etc.
If every Bond movie had an Asian or whatever as the villian, then I'd totally agree that the franchise might be stereotyping a bit. But it's been a pretty healthy mix over the years.
And there are usually two women: a good one and a vixen-ish, "bad" one (who usually ends up getting what's coming to her). In the end, the sweet, smart girl wins out and ends up with Bond.
In any case, these movies are what they are. Pretty much on auto-pilot at this point and we go just for the thrill and the cool swagger and gadgetry.
At least I do.
Trying to nitpick or elevate a Bond film to Merchant Ivory heights just isn't going to fly.
Yeah, extremely cheesy at time, for sure. The worst parts about all Bond films has been the dialogue. Someone should re-mix the DVDs with the audio taken out and replaced with music and forest sounds.
But we all dig the stunts, the sexual playfulness, the action, etc.
Totally one of those "leave your common sense and critical eye in the lobby" kind of movies. And as long as you accept that, going in, they're pretty fun to watch.
I always see every Bond film, no matter what. A tradition, I guess.