Dad was down on Friday for a Rowing regatta - we went out and had Thai for dinner (I'm still trying to work out just what he does with his time when he isn't learning Thai or coaching rowing). And then Mum was down on Sunday in order to pick The Sister up from College, since she's finished for the year.
We had Greek for dinner, and then went and saw James Bond. (I'd say Quantum of Solace, but the word Quantum always makes me think of Discworld. I'm sad like that).
I quite liked it, actually. Even the song has grown on me.
I mean, I can sort of get where some of the criticism is coming from - if you like your Bond's quippy and as the Badass Male Fantasy figure that a lot of the older films were, it mightn't appeal so much. Bond may do some cool, badass stuff, but he doesn't seem to have a lot of fun doing it.
But it struck me as quite a good film, regardless (if possibly a bit too reliant on being a sequel - a couple of points I had to do a mental double take to try and remember just what happened in Casino Royale) I can't comment on the Bourne comparison, since I've never seen any of those films, but it does strike as strange that this movie was being criticised for being too much like... a well regarded, successful franchise of the same genre.
Though Daniel Craig mantains his badass status, now with added BrokenTM, I found my favourite stuff about the movie was never him alone, but in how he interacted with people. There was the badass interactions - eavesdropping at the Opera; the friendly "regretting how we came to this" interactions - Mathis and Felix; but the two most interesting I found were with M and Camille.
M because it was so very, well, motherly. I mean, the concern between them was way beyond just that of business, they took threats to one another so very personally, and even when they talked in terms of duty and capability and all that, there was always this underlying vibe of M wanting Bond to be okay in as a person and Bond wanting to get this done to make her proud. Which is not something I'd noticed much in Bond movies before.
As for Camille... Basically, I adored the fact that the Bond-Camille whatever wasn't a sexual relationship. Because they came off to me as having a distinct brother-sister thing going on, and making that sexual would seem to... cheapen it, sort of. I mean, aside from the obvious fact that'd be Bond using her to deal with hidden Vesper issues. But they were both badasses, both so very broken, both driven to do whatever it took to get their revenge (Bond with killing all the minions in a way that made M >:( at him; Camille sleeping with a man she didn't like after witnessing the rape and murder of her mother and sister).
Slight digression here: How incredibly depressing is the state of fandom that when a badass female character with a sexuality hasn't been raped in the past, it strikes me as good move. Avk.
Back on track: Camille and Bond were just so very similiar. Not to mention that the whole "you never learn better than when you are teaching someone" thing seemed to come into play with Bond mentoring Camille on revenge. It sort of took him telling her about how little it really mattered before he realised it in regards for Vesper.
...Okay, I just plain think Camille is awesome. I like to assume that now she's got her revenge deal out of the way she's still floating around the world being a sort of female Bond. Badassing it up, being sneaky and charming, and that she and Bond occasionally run into each other, have a few drinks, talk about what's up in their lives, share any pertinent mission-based information, and then cheerfully separate once more.
I read somewhere Camille may be back for more Bond films.
It also helps that I would kill to look like Olga Kurylenko.
But yes, I rather liked the film. There were other things I liked too - the few moments of humour, the gag in Fields having an epicly cheesy Bond Girl name and refusing to share - but they were the major ones.
Aside from that, other fannish input I have been taking in since the end of exams include several more of the Haruhi Suzumiya novels - either I'm liking the later short stories more, or I just find it more pleasant to read ones that the anime hasn't given away the entire plot for - and also the second episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which continues to be glorious, glorious crack.
It had gorillas riding pterodactyls. You cannot deny the ridiculously Silver Age-y awesomeness of that.