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Misfits: Episode #5.8 (2013)
Color Me Disappointed *SPOILERS*
I have to agree with the other reviewer. I thought this season was great: they finally fell into a natural fit as a group and the characters were allowed to grow and continue to be fleshed out. Rudy carried the show per usual and continued to be a stellar soul to the show, but everyone else became a thoroughly enjoyable character.
This episode was absolutely a let down. They seemed to truly have jumped the shark in this one. (Read no further if you haven't seen it *SPOILERS FOLLOW*) Alex screwing the flying kid, Sam, in midair? All of them finishing community service at the same time? Visual effects that were hands down the worst they've had in any episode? It honestly was like elementary school kids made them. Rudy uncharacteristically pissing himself? Clever, way to kill her but out of character. Maybe if he had intentionally done it.
All in all, it didn't deliver. I wanted something more satisfactory as an end to the show or even to the season. This felt more like something that belonged in the middle of the season. Still onboard for a movie though.
Die Another Day (2002)
It's Really the 2nd Half That's Terrible (NO PLOT SPOILERS)
I actually think the first half of the film is brilliant. Really terrific pre-credits sequence. Memorable villains throughout the film, great respects paid to all of the previous Bond movies to celebrate it being the 20th outing.
Bond captured, tortured, and disavowed. Love it. Underground secret London base for rogue agents was always one of my favorite things. Especially with all of the old Q gadgets being showcased in storage there. The fencing scene is also really exhilarating and well choreographed. The Cuba stuff feels like classic Bond, and no one can argue that Brosnan isn't on point throughout.
The film really takes its turn once you travel to the ice palace. The movie becomes cheesy, the graphics become more glaringly atrocious, and it just goes off the deep end. The only redeeming part is the car chase on ice, and even that loses credibility since his enemy's car is tricked out as well. It becomes too much of a team-up movie that utilizes Halle Barry's character, Jinx, far too often. I paid to see James Bond, not Catwoman.
Despite all of the issues with the second half I really think, in different hands, it could have been pulled off well. The Icarus idea is cool and a nice tribute to Goldeneye and Diamonds Are Forever. I love the North Korean aspect of it all. It just seems like Tamahori wasn't right for the part. Don't even get me started on the slow-mo.
I wish this film was better. Brosnan deserved a better sign-off.