The World is Not Enough Movie Review
Even though the United Artists logo has left the James Bond franchise, the same action and adventure has not. The World is Not Enough, the 19th official Bond film, is a worthy competitor to any of its predecessors. Pierce Brosnan reprises his role as Bond, and he continues to get better in the role. I thought he was good in Goldeneye (his first Bond film), but he's been better in both the following two). Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) is Renard, a bad guy who cannot feel pain. And the Bond girls are Sophie Marceau as Elektra King and Denise Richards as the most attractive nuclear scientist ever, Christmas Jones.
Unlike the last movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough actually has a decent plot. After an explosion in the M16 building and a river chase through the Thames River, Bond goes international and tries to protect Elektra King, but Renard is hot on her trail. There is a small twist or two in the movie but the director and screenwriter didn't put much effort in to making it effective, but they did it on purpose. Bond, of course, figures it out before the fact, because he's the all-knowing agent, but it wouldn't have been a good change from the norm to have an abrupt plot twist in the middle.
The thing that was noticeable in the first forty-five minutes of the film was that The World is Not Enough is not as action-packed as Tomorrow Never Dies. Brosnan expressed how hard it was to film the previous film because there were so many action scenes, and I don't blame him for not wanting to go through that again. There still are tons of action scenes that get better as the movie rolls on, and the spaces in between are actually used for plot progression. The opening sequence, which is so important to Bond films, seemed a little stretched out at first, but once Bond hit the water, things got moving.
The music was good as well. There was a variety of scores but still kept to the good ol' Bond music. The title song was done by Garbage and I was rather impressed, although the "music video" that went along with it was sort of weak and didn't have anything to do with the movie, except that all the dancing girls were covered in oil. Unfortunately, during the ski scene (which was an awesome scene otherwise) had the title song in the background, but mixed with a faster beat. It didn't work.
Of course, The World is Not Enough takes another step up with comedy. There are more slick Bond jokes in this film than any other, and plenty of crude and sex jokes that holds more truth to the original Ian Fleming books. Bond is crueler but just as suave, and can always crack a joke. And, like the books, this one has a plot.
Sophie Marceau did well but it is obvious why Denise Richards was cast - she looks good in a wet T-shirt. She was good in Wild Things and decent in Starship Troopers, but she is just plain out bad in this film. She can't even pull off the simplest of lines, even one-liners. At least they changed the cheesy line in the trailers to a more adult version.
The World is Not Enough has a few minor flaws but still is an awesome Bond film.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.