Saturday, November 5, 2016

1013. Skyfall

Directed by Sam Mendes

I have seen every Bond movie and read every Bond book.  It's an obsession that is a bit hard to justify sometimes, like my fascination with Real Housewives or slasher films.  Anyway, as much as I like watching a shirtless Daniel Craig, I feel that the best of the franchise is behind us.

James Bond and Eve Moneypenny (finally, this woman has a role beyond lusting after Bond) are tracking down a mercenary who has stolen a hard drive containing information on all of MI6's undercover agents.  The mission goes horribly wrong, mostly because of Moneypenny (you should have stayed in the kitchen, you skirt!).  Anyway, explosions, beautiful women, and casinos.  That about sums it up.

Let's start with the good.  The song is fantastic, obviously, as Adele is a goddess.  The performances were all extremely effective, particular Craig's, as he brings a quiet kind of sadness to the role that no actor has before.  Still, this franchise is getting more and more generic.  We have a few obligatory scenes that remind us we are watching a Bond movie.  But most of the time, I felt like I was watching a run of the mill action film.  I half expected to see Tom Cruise sprinting in the background.

I am not sure I can this is the franchise's fault.  After all, directors have been ripping off Bond films for decades, so the lines were destined to blur between the original and the copies eventually.  I suppose audiences are getting smarter as well; we are no longer content watching villains try to enact grand schemes in ridiculously convoluted ways.  Unfortunately, that was half the fun for me.

Anyway, if you like action movies, you'll probably enjoy this.  But I tend to find the genre a bit dull, so I will go with three stars.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Second longest Bond film of all time (after Casino Royale).

First Bond film to list the actresses as "Bond Women" rather than "Bond Girls."  Well, that took an appropriate amount of time.


  1. I too have read all the Bond books and I watch all the movies. I liked your assessment of Daniel Craig bringing a quiet sadness to the role. He does! And that, to me, is true to the books. I liked this movie though it could have been a little more fun, like the old Bond movies.Great review, as usual Amanda! �� ��

  2. I thought this film was of my favourite Bond movies for sure!! Although I haven't seen loads to be honest. I always really wanted to watch them all. Maybe I will add it to my list of lists I should complete! I'm really not a Daniel Craig fan ordinarily and I hated the other 2 before this one (I quite liked Spectre it was quite self aware and had a sense of humour about itself).
    But anyway, yes to Skyfall, great story, great acting. Just fantastic.

    1. That's a good idea. It would help break up some of the more serious movies on the List. Agreed on Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale.