I went in with some expectations: that it would be Old Bond training New Bond, or similar. And in some ways, that expectation was right. But The November Man is more of a cross between the first Mission: Impossible movie and the original The Mechanic. With a hell of a lot of Bond in there, too, of course.
This show follows Korra, the teenaged Avatar, as she comes into her full powers and gets trained in how to actually use them, as well as how to be the Avatar. Of course, things don’t go smoothly and there are conspiracies to thwart, intrigues and mysteries to solve, lots of martial arts and element “bending”, action, and romance.
If you expected witty, fast-paced writing, a cast with chemistry, great acting and direction, nifty plots, and an overarching, twisty plotline — in other words, if you expected Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly or a movie anything like The Avengers — there are a lot of other shows out there that can fulfill this need, including the original NCIS which has all of those things. AoS has none of them, however.
I’m not a huge fan of concert movies, though, mostly because those movies spend a lot of time showing you how cool and/or normal the performers are and don’t spend enough time letting you actually see the concert. Or they’re stultifying dull. So, it’s no surprise that I fall on the Help! side of the movie concert house. As in, I like a fun, fictional story to go along with the musical performance.
This movie isn’t going to be up for any Oscars other than the technical ones, but, again, that’s not why anyone goes to see these kinds of movies. However, for what it’s aiming to be — a fun, popcorn movie filled with thrills, chills, and bad, badder, and the baddest guys around — it succeeds brilliantly.
As with the first RED, and Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13, this is a smart, funny, action-packed movie with a lot more twists and turns than you’re expecting. The cast is in top-notch form, and they continue to inhabit these characters as real people — there were no glitches in character between the first movie and this one.