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Skyfall review of sorts!

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Bonds current adventure, known as the intrique worthy - SKYFALL was... disappointing. In this segment of the franchise we start to see Bond fall apart not only personally but inside of his professional career as a agent for the government,

the way in which that decline is portrayed within the feature is of fair stature and provides a fair kick along for the storyline.There was one major issue that I had with Skyfall, It always seemed to rely on a trigger point to align the story

back with it's true arc so that events that had taken place would make sense to the viewer, I really feel as though the film did not flow and that in many circumstances they struggled to fill 'out' the story so instead they masked it

with unesscessarily lenghty scenes with 'slow & dim' dialouge which honestly seemed kind of pointless. I can't think of why director Sam Mendes has messed with the well known and successful bond formula, lots of action sequences with big

flashly explosions and daring stunts, don't get me wrong they were present in Skyfall but the overwash of dialouge when compared as a ratio achieved by previous entries (amount of action scenes vs. dialouge) was a little enlighting to say the least!

 

*MINOR SPOILERS*

 

Daniel Craig put on a very credable performance as a run down & emtional bond who feels betrayed by his organisation and prefers to stay under the assumption that he's dead after taking a significant fall from a moving train, I think it really

gets difficult to watch an on-screen character which has been so strong over previous entries all of the sudden become a weak & unconfident man who Is unable to achieve the required targets that are asked of him.I understand the reasoning

behind taking this route to provide the audience with some variety over the original and well worn 'formula' for bond films but I think that unfortunetly we may have exposed this side of bond a little too much which makes things drag along in

certain cirumstances where the scene should have been edited to make the quick flash action occur quicker somewhat catching the audience by suprise with some well worked editing but no such luck as there was nothing like this present.

 

I am at a loss as to what else to say honestly... I really did expect something different from what was shown before me some 48 hours ago. This is my 2 cents, thanks for reading.

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You know what I always hated?

 

When you go to the trouble of writing out a whole thread on what you think or feel about something, only to see it sink to the bottom of the first page without a single acknowledgement.

 

Well here's your bump buddy.

 

Oh...and when you're pasting from word or notepad or whatever it was you pasted from into the thread, watch out for that ol' formatting thing where it does the whole line break thingy and screws with your sentences!

 

:D~

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What happened with this movies' production? I know MGM was bankrupt which is why there hasn't been a Bond movie in some time. It's also the same reason movies like Cabin in the Woods sat around finished for 2 years before it got released. Did MGM get bought out and Bond now belongs to someone else, or did MGM recover?

 

Either way I will probably go see this since I haven't seen a Bond movie since Quantum obviously, and that was fucking horrendous and I need something at least slightly better to remember. Your review makes me wary of the movie being more dialogue-laden than a Bond should be, but that might be for the best if the dialogue is good.

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Frankly, I think the Bond franchise should have died a long time ago. The Flemming stories were fantastic (in both senses) when written, but have long since been made obsolete by events and technology. The film character is a dinosaur.

 

IF, however, people want to keep making Bond movies, they can't attempt to update them and make them serious or they aren't Bond any more - they're just another spy movie. And Jason Bourne has that role sewn up for the moment. Bond movies (as opposed to the books) have always been cheese. You need the unreasonable toys, the one-liners, the hero who can fight 15 guys at once an only suffer a torn suit.

 

Daniel Craig as Bond, for me, might be a good choice to play the book character, but he is not the man for the film character.

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I have to say that I disagree, I saw it on Friday and I quite enjoyed it. It'll never win any awards, but it was a good action flick. It was a hell of a lot better than Quantum of Solis, not as good as Casino Royal though. I also disagree with the idea that Daniel Craig is a poor film Bond. I think he's doing the best job since Moore. Each to his own though.

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i loved it, was soo much better then Quantum of Bad, id rate it with casino royal

I'm with you, but I think CR didn't suffer from some of the pacing issues that Skyfall had towards the end. Otherwise I'd say it was just as good a film, which is to say it's pretty awesome.

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I saw it last night and would say it was a solid bond film, but not amazing as some critics has said but I did like the ending.

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Was I the only one who thought the whole siege of Bond's parents' place was kind of like Home Alone with guns and explosives?

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i loved it, was soo much better then Quantum of Bad, id rate it with casino royal

 

Yep was fantastic. Its good to see them mix it up.

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Was I the only one who thought the whole siege of Bond's parents' place was kind of like Home Alone with guns and explosives?

I whispered those exact same sentiments.

 

Was a pretty movie.

 

Everything and everyone was so darned pretty.

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I have to say, they did a *phenomenal* job with the Shanghai and Macau scenes visually. Just something about the lighting! Admittedly, I'm a sucker for pretty city lights.

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Literally just walked in the door from watching it. Thoroughly enjoyed it and while a few of the plot holes and one glaringly bad suspension of the laws of physics annoyed me I just reminded myself that it is Bond, it doesn't have to make complete sense. Craig does a sensational job as Bond, as good if not better than Casino Royale and better than all his predecessors except Connery. I thought Dame Judi looked..... old. Intellectually I know that she is getting older but she has for me always held such a timeless quality that it was a serious shock to see her looking old and fragile. Naomie Harris made an exceptional Bond girl and Bérénice Marlohe did a good job with her quite limited screen time. Ralph Fiennes as always did a brilliant job in a difficult role and Javier Bardem had me convinced as the psychologically damaged and twisted villain. I liked a few of the nods to classic Bond conventions Q's quip about exploding pens was a standout. and I agree completely with aquilus, The Shanghai and Macau scenes were just so gorgeous.

 

apparently they use Bond's old DB6, and there's a lot of hairy driving - woohoo!

got me!

There were a few good chase scenes, and when I saw that car I did let out an audible gasp at the goddamn beauty of it. If I ever win lotto I AM having a classic Aston.

Edited by ReapermanRS

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I equally liked the film, quite alot actually. Though I do believe it is a DB5 in the film, a gorgeous automobile if there ever was one! It's fate was very upsetting.

 

I agree with the pacing issues too, to me the ending felt too long and the middle too short....or something.

 

And if I saw another fking bottle of heiniken in a hand, I don't think they did a good job of integrating the product into the scene but I understand that sort of sponsorship was probably necessary to get the film off the ground.

 

The final scenes left me wondering where the franchise will go next, the introduction of Ms. Moneypenny, a more traditional Q and the classic bond office set up from previous films seems to indicate it is heading back in that direction but who knows...

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I liked it to a degree but it just didn't feel like a bond movie.

 

IMHO without the gadget's the car with all the awesome features it doesn't feel right.

 

I hate the fact that they had to sell out for the sponsorship with heineken but at least he wasn't swilling Bud light or of that ilk.

 

The new Q was... I guess he was the best for the job in a way, it felt like a younger Desmond Llewelyn or John Cleese in the same role.

 

The only issue is that i saw this:

 

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And could help but to think of this:

 

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what to say about Skyfail?

 

 

i almost passed out a number of times

 

the action was lack-lustre. things went downhill from the fairly prosaic opening sequence onwards

 

the pacing was all fucked up. long agonising stretches of navel gazing WTF nothingness

 

the story was naff. inwardly focused, miscroscopic in imagination and scope, and improbable all the way. i actually longed for a bad guy hoarding water, or a movie plot, or something...

 

there was no james bond. there was only some tired old guy who looked almost as bored as i felt. but nothing resembling the character james bond.

 

there was no fun. no really. there wasnt any

 

the jokes fell flat

 

there was barely any faux-womanising

 

there were no gadgets to speak of

 

the score was noticeably ill-fitting

 

aye, the cinematography was indeed impressive and unrelentingly pretty. making this one of the shiniest polished turds you'll see this year.

 

javier was great, despite his characters' mondo stupid arc and lines

 

and finally, something unreservedly positive:

 

the opening credits sequence was jawdroppingly AWESOME

 

 

dont pay attention to the Hollywood PR machine which is now most certainly engaged in dirty tricks.

 

 

heres a decent review. its slightly spoilerish — but nobody cares these days, and i wouldnt for this charmless disappointment of a film.

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heres a decent review. its slightly spoilerish — but nobody cares these days, and i wouldnt for this charmless disappointment of a film.

Not going to look at the review, and I'm reeeally hoping your critique on this film is overly pessimistic. Not that I'm wishing you a bad day or anything, but I'm hoping

" havin' a bad day " influenced the above

So anyway, hope you're havin' a good day today :)

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The franchise has been in a downward spiral ever since Roger Moore left the role.

I never took to Roger.

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