Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace now feel like
warm-ups for newbie Bond star Daniel Craig, pacing laps before the
full-on marathon. If you buy this analogy, then Skyfall must be
seen as the race of Craig’s life, the one where he, in those final tough
miles, breaks free of the pack with cool confidence and a steady hand
at the helm (Road to Perdition director Sam Mendes).
Younger moviegoers in search of thoughtful, literate romantic comedies that credit them for being intelligent and sensitive might respond strongly to 'Away We Go,' directed by Sam Mendes ('Revolutionary Road,' 'American Beauty') from a screenplay by husband-and-wife writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. Grade: B.
This is not the sentimental romanticism of the two lead actors' 'Titanic.' In fact, it is much harder-edged and much less compassionate than its director Sam Mendes' previous 'American Beauty,' which mixed humor and a hallucinatory dreaminess into its similar tragic theme. Grade: B.