By Sharon Eberson / Sunday, Nov. 16
Most interesting parts of seeing "Quantum of Solace" this weekend:
- Discussions about why such a drastic change in the Bond oeuvre (Where's Q? Where's Moneypenny? Where's the glamour? Where's the fun?)
- The trailers for "Star Trek" and "Valkyrie."
I think Daniel Craig is a presence as Bond but I don't think screenwriter Paul Haggis & Co. and director Marc Forster served him well here. Give the guy a break (instead of all the broken bones and bruises from the neverending stunts) and let smile occasionally, will ya?
On the trailers: Euphoric over the glimpses of "Star Trek" -- the idea of James Kirk as a mischiefous pre-captain and Zachary Quinto's young Spock give me goosebumps. Tom Cruise as a German in "Valkyrie," not so convincing. Made me immediately think of how badly Kevin Costner was miscast as Robin Hood. But it was just a trailer, so we'll see.
Oh, and those mysterious, apocalyptic "2012" trailers, showing a massive tidal wave? My son's friend Nick reminded me that 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar, is the year Nostradamus predicted as the "end of days." Roland Emmerich is writer/director -- but will it seem redundant? After all, he's already given us "The Day After Tomorrow."