No Time to Die: A Movie Review

No Time to Die: A Movie Review

Dawson Broten, Writer

Since the dawn of storytelling, people have liked spy plots. Even going as far back as 700 B.C., we have stories like The Iliad and The Odyssey containing entire arches based around espionage and secret missions. There’s just something about the thrilling adventures of a special agent out to save us all that seems to pull huge audiences the world over. Knowing this, it might surprise you to learn that James Bond, the world’s most successful spy movie franchise, has only existed on the silver screen since about 1960. In his 80 years of films, Bond seems to have done everything. Or at least, that’s what I believed before I watched this one.

No Time to Die is a very unique movie. It has excellent acting, amazing cinematography, and exceptional special effects, but it’s unbearably boring. There have been boring Bond movies before, don’t get me wrong, but this one is just un-fun. It’s not uneventful, mind you, just slow. It feels like watching a movie that has had molasses poured all over every single frame. Everything takes too long to happen, and the climax is boring and unfulfilling. 

This is Daniel Craig’s final time playing Bond, and it shows. He’s given his best in every Bond film he’s been in previously, but this one feels special to him. He really keeps the energy at max for every second on screen. If the movie was just Craig, it’d be an easy 10/10, but unfortunately there’s an entire movie attached to his performance. The rest of the cast is a mix of passable, good, and exceptional, but I never felt like any of them weren’t trying their best. 

There’s really not a lot to say about No Time to Die. It doesn’t try something risky and fails at it spectacularly, and it doesn’t do something tame very well. It feels like it only exists to make money and to give this overdone, mediocre franchise an overdone and mediocre ending. It’s even more sad when you look at it’s subpar box office returns (when I saw it there was only one other person in the audience, and they left about halfway through).

It saddens me to say, but it seems like this movie’s time to die has already passed. I give it a 5/10.