Wednesday, 16 March 2016
What are Hackett Playing At?
I found the latest James Bond film, Spectre, a little disappointing. Just because it's possible to do anything with CGI, it doesn't mean you should. The film relied far too heavily on these big budget pretend special effects for the action sequences. I watched The French Connection for the umpteenth time the other night and you forget how exhilarating it is to see real action with real noises on real streets.
Daniel Craig's Bond (good actor that he is) has become rather like an expressionless cyborg made from a nightclub bouncer that punches his way through a rather dull narrative. The highlight of the film was the use of Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus sung by Andreas Scholl - maximum impact with no special effects required.
The Game is On, a short film by Hackett (below), was shot by American fashion photographer Blair Getz Mezibov without cartoon rendering to showcase their summer collection. I think it actually gets closer to what we would like to see more of in a Bond film — suspense, jet-setting sophistication, style, sexiness, and an operative who obeys instructions — in fact, we want to see something more like a Bond film.
How will it end?