I was teetering on A-/B+, but gave it the benefit of the doubt.
is an excellent case of a mediocre script saved by an outstanding director. The plot (as others have alluded to) was a silly and pointless copycat, and the dialog was pretty much by-the-numbers. Most of the humor was flat and forced.
But the acting was good to excellent all around, the cinematography was artful, and the suspense held-up through the pacing.
I do have to say the film was absolutely breathtaking. Deakins out did himself (which is saying a lot). One could argue that it is the most beautiful Bond film to date.
The score, however, left something to be desired. It's definitely the weakest in recent memory--at least since Goldeneye
, wich I liked more than most. Adele's song was a bland and generic and it just recycled the refrain from the Cornell song. Not to mention, the only memorable cue in the whole film was the classic guitar riff during the Aston Martin scene.