The new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, opened in Metro Vancouver this weekend.
There are plenty of reviews available because it was released earlier in other markets, so there's no need for yet another one.
Instead, I've decided to list my five takeaways. And I'm not including any plot spoilers here.
1. Even though the film is 163 minutes, I didn't think it was too long. I felt that the previous Bond movie, Spectre, dragged on forever, even though it was only 148 minutes. But No Time to Die kept my attention throughout.
2. Rami Malek was a sensational villain. His character, Lyutsifer Satan, was downright creepy and his eerie presence and voice stayed with me. For those who loved Malek's performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, they can rest assured that he's no one-hit wonder.
3. Daniel Craig's Bond had considerable depth but tepid chemistry with two female characters, Madeleine (played by Léa Seydoux) and Paloma (Ana de Armas). He's like a man on fire fighting the baddies, but the passion wasn't there for the ladies.
4. Ralph Fiennes, as M, was a commanding presence.
5. Who needs a script when you have all those special effects? But seriously, it was a great swan song for Craig and No Time To Die is well worth seeing on the big screen.