Nothing new under the sun then. Most Bond movies have a weak third act, and it makes sense for this type of movie.
Indeed it does and only action-thrillers of the highest quality avoid this 'third act' pitfall. The one that always springs to mind is Die Hard, but that had the masterful John McTiernan at the helm. Likewise Terminator's 1&2 and Aliens which had action supremo Cameron steering the ship.
Most movies that depend upon building tensions and asking questions of it's characters have a weak third action. It's easy to set things up, pit elements against one another and create jeopardy.
The hard part - the hardest part in most creative ventures is to resolve those tensions in a way that is both satisfying and logical in terms of that within the movie universe and the character's motivations (which have to be relatable/comprehensible in any universe).
Action movies suffer hugely from this because it's more visceral - there's more pressure to 'show, not tell' which makes expositional dialogue stick out like a sore thumb. Craig's films, thanks to better writing and directing have suffered least from this (and that includes QoS imo which hides a gem within this barely-scripted movie).
Like Die Hard, Terminator and Aliens there was authorial talent at work, rather than tradesmen producing a product based upon a well worn template. Tradesman reproduce warts'n all (including the 3rd act weakness in the format). Authorial filmmakers make their own movies and great directors author great endings; i've loved the endings of all 3 of Craig's movies.
From what i've read in the bloody unavoidable news stories surrounding the Sony leak the last third of SPECTRE sounds too ambitious with it's take on Blofeld's relationship with Bond, and not that it's too boring.
And from what i'm reading in this thread it seems that this was P&W's rewrite. So how do we really know if Sony's grudge is with the Logan or P&W version?
Personally i'm not a fan of what's been suggested to be in the final third of the script. It's turning Fleming's great characters into soap fodder. They've done the family tree thing, now push on into the Fleming universe and it's exotic characters - play on the exotic instead of making everything familial, and oh so familiar. I want to see the Garden of Death, not the christmas special of Eastenders starring James Bond.
Edited by Odd Jobbies, 02 January 2015 - 01:29 PM.