A movie about cultures colliding, midlife crises, flailing careers, fear, hope, and love with Tom Hanks heading the cast – sounds like a winner. Unfortunately the major themes get burried deep under the Arabian sand in this mostly bland and uninspired movie.
The James Bond franchise is now 53 years old and is in its 24th movie and sixth actor. With such a weight of history it is hard for the film makers to be too bold: they have a rigid set of expectations to meet and a $300 million budget to recoup.
Junn is a Cambodian-Chinese mother who has lived in England for years but doesn’t speak any English. She is upset with her son Kai who has put her in a retirement home instead of having her live with him. But Kai is too afraid to tell her he is gay and living with his boyfriend Richard.