Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

"I have something better: ninjas."

It's ridiculously unscientific to measure a film's success by how much I grin while watching it, but I grinned a lot at the Laurelhurst's revival screening of You Only Live Twice.

Fun film. Also funnier than I remembered it being (I saw it on video about 10 years ago). I love that one of the moments of over-the-top hand-to-hand fighting included the use of couches as weapons. And Lukas Kendall is right: the chase and fight on the roof of the dock building (as shot from a helicopter and with that music) is one of those moments that could simultaneously make one a Bond fan and a film music fan. This is probably my favorite John Barry Bond score, though it's in close competition with On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

I kind of wish I'd been around to see the Connery Bonds first-run, because the giggles of the (I think drunk) people near me at Blofeld made me wonder: did the way Blofeld was portrayed in these films ever look serious? Ever look not-funny? The contrived camera angles that hide his face, the stroking of the white fluffy cat (Looks like the cat's talking! I thought once): all that's been parodied so many times since then that it's hard now to see it as originally intended. So how was it originally intended? Was it always a wink to the audience? Don't ask me, time travel's still really hard.
Tags: film reviews

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