Tom's Review of GoldenEye
(5 Stars) GoldenEye is one of the best Bond films ever made... because even after thirty plus years of Dr. No, it has everything that I love about the movies. It has a lot of great action scenes, great gadgets, a scene stealing henchman (or henchwoman... Xenia Onatopp played by Famke Janssen), a nefarious villain (Sean Bean), a sexy and unobnoxious Bond girl (Izabella Scorupco), the right amount of humor, amazing stunts and special effects, twists and turns, a good theme song and opening sequence, and Bond himself (Pierce Brosnan). It's fun and exciting; just what we needed to lead Bond into the next century.
I like the main villain; a man with the same training as Bond... who could be more threatening? Alec Trevelyan, aka 006, acquires a disturbingly powerful weapon called the GoldenEye. He has one of the most memorable minions of the film, Xenia Onatopp, who sexes people to death. Pierce Brosnan only needed his debut to prove he is a good Bond; he's suave, witty, and deadly. It's hard to compare all who have been Bond since they're all different, so I won't here.
I admit I may have a connection to this film because it's the first Bond film I've ever seen. I was amazed to find out there were more of these movies. Also, there is the Nintendo 64 game, which I have wasted many hours playing and loving. But GoldenEye doesn't need a video game and nostalgia to be a great movie. As a Bond and a standalone film, it's extraordinary.