Friday, November 23, 2012

SKYFALL Reaction

SKYFALL is very entertaining indeed, with some instant classic scenes (such as the one pictured above), but I need to absorb it and see it again; I feel it's too soon to place it above this or that. Also, after 50 years of mystery and present tense heroism, I don't take a ready shine to suddenly being told more about Bond's past, especially by a franchise newcomer like Sam Mendes, and particularly when it makes him seem less like Bond and more like a Bruce Wayne raised in the WOMAN IN BLACK house. But the film is at least right about this: the man who drove that Aston Martin was a Scot.


  1. Anonymous6:52 PM

    You are right Tim. I felt another director familiar with the Bond frachise should let us in on his past. Knowing too much can distract us from who Bond has been to us ole time fans. When is it too much? We don't need to know everything that makes Bond Bond. I like the mystery behind the man. We don't have to have it all layed out for us. Skyfall is more fun the second and third time around!

  2. Anonymous8:49 PM

    I am like you in that I need time and maybe additional viewings to fully comprehend how I feel about it. Everyone I talk to about SKYFALL seems to rush to say "Awesome" immediately following their viewing but I am more hesitant. I did like it but for some reason I am not praising it to high heaven. Was it me or did that opening pre-title sequence go on too long? The title sequence and song were very good. I very much liked everything in the first half of the film - Javier Bardem's first scene with Bond is my favorite in the film and maybe in any film this year. But then Javier Bardem is captured by MI6 and then things begin to fizzle, particularly as Bardem's (pre-planned?!??!) plot is revealed. And the confrontation sequence reminded me of a similar they-are-coming-to-get-us sequence from (of all things) the Richard Gere thriller NO MERCY (how is that for an obscure reference). Again, I need to think on this and see it again (hopefully soon, hopefully at the second run theater). Dd they really waste Albert Finney?

  3. Some spoilers so be warned.

    I loved the footage, and the music, used in the Aston Martin sequence. Bardem's bleached blonde hair reminded me of Zorin.

    The plot seemed incomplete, something I never felt with Connery or Moore films, or maybe it was the way it was edited. Transitions are missing and explanations are often not given. But I won't go into detail.

    I didn't go for the entire convoluted scheme by Silva from his evidently arranged capture (no hardworking henchman bothered to search Bond to find the homer?) to the botched shoot-out at the hearing. All this to metally torture and then kill M? The sequence of events were so dictated by pure happenstance and total chance that Silva must be the greatest and most brilliant Bond foe of them all as well as having psychic abilities. Whatever happened to simple ideas, like pay SPECTRE or we atomize Miami?

    A tech-brain like Q actually physically plugs Silva's laptop into MI-6's system? Not even a night school student in Computer Science 101 would do this. When he did that, I knew what would happen.

    There are events that seem like the 3 screenwriters borrowed, or were inspired by, elements from other films and characters notably:

    Sherlock Holmes The Final Chapter/Adventure of the Empty House (Bond falling into a raging river from a great height into a waterfall, faking his death and then in secrecy returning to greet his obit writer M [Watson]).

    Silence of the Lambs (the plexiglass prison cell and slaughtering the guards).

    Batman #1 (Silva's facial disfigurement/colored hair that echoes The Joker and a little bit of Richard Kiel).

    The Man With The Golden Gun (Bernice Marlohe's replay of Maud Adams' character).

    I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (when Clive Owen opens a storage facility and reveals his vintage Jaguar to a triumphant music score) This came to mind when Craig retrieved the Aston Martin. And no one at MI-6 missed this small piece of equipment for who knows how long?

    Straw Dogs and an episode of I Spy called "Home To Judgment" (the final siege on the house). In I Spy, it was the house where Kelly Robinson spent part of his childhood.

    Craig doesn't speak as crisply as Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Lazenby did and sometimes swallows his usually short sentences.


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