I got some free time in my schedule and finally watched No Time to Die. When “We have all the time in the world” started playing at the beginning of the movie I already thought the movie would be special. Hans Zimmer was very well inspired by the OHMSS soundtrack. Daniel Craig went out with a bang. Jeffrey Wright is great in the short screen time he is in, and the characters on the protagonist's side are cool. The first hour and a half of the movie is gripping and I wanted the movie to maintain that level.
Unfortunately, the film suffers from the same problems as its predecessor, being unnecessarily long and trying desperately to tie loose ends, with the results being mixed to say at least. There were several moments during the movie where I thought “Well, that was easy”, “Well, that was convenient”, “Well, that was disappointing” and “Well, that was dumb”. The movie's biggest problem is certainly the villains, which are one of the worst in the franchise. If someone told me that they managed to waste Rami Malek, I wouldn't believe it. But given how they managed to waste Cristoph Waltz in the previous film, I just resigned to fate.
So yeah, it's not as good as Casino Royale and Skyfall, but it's not as bad as Quantum of Solace and Spectre. At least it was a better ending to an era than Diamonds are Forever, A View to Kill and Die Another Day.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to my assignments. See you next week.