Thunderball

Thunderball ★★★

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Been a busy week. Finally got to see this again. It's been a long while since I last saw this movie and I remembered not liking this movie that much. Even though I did enjoy it, it's the weakest movie in the series so far.

I don't really know what else to say. I liked it, but it was really flawed. The underwater stuff (shot in Panavision, along with the rest of the movie) while looking great, goes on forever, and the effects (Oscar winning at the time) are so laughable now. I get the bluescreened, high-speed boat effect was probably ambitious for it's time, but damn... just see for yourself: youtu.be/4R9amFvMVdo?t=20s . I also feel like the movie could have been a bit shorter, by about maybe 10 or so minutes.

The movie looks great (first in this series to be shot in Panavision, which is odd, you'd think the filmmakers were bringing in so much money that could front the extra cash to do widescreen, but whatever), Connery's always great to see as Bond, and some pretty memorable moments throughout (SPECTRE's meeting in the beginning, the pre-credits, THE JETPACK, "Yes, I thought I saw a 'SPECTRE' over your shoulder"...) Also, Largo and his evil plan is fucking great. It may be my favorite plan any villain's had so far, and the last guy wanted to nuke Fort fucking Knox.

Also, I just want to go on a tangent for a moment. I don't know if new DVDs and Blu-Rays do this, but I've noticed on several (older) DVDs of older movies that the studio logos at the beginning of movies are sometimes updated to the current logo at the time of the movie's rerelease. Is it just me, or does that annoy other people? I don't know why that bothers me, but I wanted to make that point for a while now, so I'm glad I could mention it finally. (I doubt anyone's gonna care really. I'm honestly just rambling at this point.)

Ok, the theme song and music. The theme from Tom Jones is so catchy. The past few days, when doing schoolwork, I've been listening to this song on loop. The vocals and the orchestration are just SO good. I feel like I've said that for all of the songs up to this point, but that's really how I feel about them. They're all excellent songs in their own right. And John Barry's music is back, and still bringing it.

Overall, maybe my favorite movie on a visual level (cinematography and some great production design), with some good music and Sean Connery. But it's just too long. This movie is 2 hours and 10 minutes long. Why?

This review may feel a bit rushed, and that's because it probably is. I'm just mentally prepping myself for the rest of my finals next week. I'm gonna get to the next movie tomorrow night.

Don't worry guys, I'm not dead.

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