At the forefront of Ian Fleming’s spy novels is, of course, the world-famous character of James Bond, but the grit and realism of Mr. Bond in the novel Live and Let Die is matched by an amazing array of world building, unexpected plot twists, a fearsome villain, and a gorgeous female named Solitaire.
There is plenty of the hard-hitting Bond here, including a fantastic train scene where Solitaire somewhat falls for her rescuer and then teases him, knowing that the suave British agent 007 must painfully resist because of a near-broken wrist and hand.
The man of action and few words is depicted as being at odds with everyone and everything, except his mission.
But the true art of Fleming is in his tight prose, his cunning flurry of “edge of your seat” moments, and the detailed description of vastly contrasting and often exotic environments. . .
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The Tourist is a blistering European adventure thrill ride! The on screen chemistry, between Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, is honest, spectacular and hilarious. The story brings in spy/undercover tones and combines them with a steady mix of action, comedy and a little romance. It is not unlike the brilliance of Red, which came out earlier this year. The cinematography is gorgeous and the views of Venice are unmatched to date.
Despite Johnny Depp's numerous past roles, he is once again reborn and believable as an awkward math teacher, named Frank, on vacation in Italy. His humor, wit and character growth match the conflicted, heavy-hearted character Elise, that Jolie plays, very well. She is classy and alluring, and he is overwhelmed, over-matched and stubborn. The two combine to rip apart Venice in many threatening situations, including Depp running on semi-circular roof tile in his pajamas.
Twists and turns riddle the plot with unknowns that leave the audience guessing until the end of the flick. The Tourist is moving, suspenseful, funny and most importantly fun.
IMPULSIVE REVIEW Grade: A
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