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Old 11-02-2012, 12:33 AM
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Christopher Nolan is the greatest director of all time because a lot of people like him and a lot of people went to see his movies.

This makes so much sense!
Yeah, if you're going off the logic of money returned vs invested, Katie Featherston is the best actress ever.

Anyway. Skyfall. Fucking awesome by the way.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:51 AM
This movie's already made $270 million and it hasn't even opened in the U.S. yet. Can't wait to see this thing.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:03 PM
almost there....
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:52 PM
50 Years after he first appeared on the screen in Dr. No and 23 films later, James Bond appears in one of the most artful and classy films in the entire series. It would be easy enough to point out the specific elements that make this film so strong. Daniel Craig is as good as ever; a bit haggard, steely and calculated, yet effortlessly suave. Cinematographer Roger Deakins takes the visual palate of Bond films to an as yet unseen level, playing with light and composition in gorgeous fashion. His work in this film is the best argument for the legitimacy of digital cinematography that I have yet seen. Thomas Newman and Adele contribute musical components that both pay reverence to the aural textures of previous Bond films while finding new, playful way to extend these motifs. The pacing and tone are methodical and elegant yet always moving and appropriately exciting.

These aspects and more are all incredibly strong. From a craft perspective, particularly in the blockbuster arena, filmmaking is rarely as accomplished and assured as what’s on display in Skyfall. What makes Skyfall so special, though, is the weight and meaning that director Sam Mendes is able to achieve. Mendes developed the script with recent series regular writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade alongside John Logan, and it is a careful and surprisingly thoughtful examination of not only James Bond himself but the entire MI6 agency as presented in the Bond films. Skyfall spends perhaps more time in London in and around MI6 than any other Bond film that comes to mind, and we are given the opportunity to examine the worth and necessity of an agency like this in our modern society. We spend a great deal of time with Judi Dench’s M, and she gives a complex and affecting portrayal of a woman trying to maintain what she holds dear and what she truly believes in. The film argues that although technology and espionage advances, it is the human touch that an agent like Bond can deliver that does in fact make both him and these old fashioned agencies worthwhile. It is a potent message in the age of the superhero and the computer that reminds us of why we fell in love with Bond to begin with, and why he is more exciting and important than ever.

The film then uses this thought to further its theme with the idea of the old versus the new. Skyfall does this both in the film’s context and in a broader sense. Skyfall continues on the tougher, more modern Bond that we first met in the superb Casino Royale, yet it also plays terrific homage to the classic Bond films. Certain dialogue and gadgets bring back distinct memories of Connery’s initial portrayal of the character. For the first time in the new era we meet Q, fashioned as a young, effortlessly smart computer whiz by Ben Whishaw, who is quite charming. Other ideas and characters of yore are also brought into the new fold, but to reveal anymore would spoil the film’s delightful surprises. The final act brings revelations about the Bond character that has never been examined before and it feels natural and appreciated in this version of the character. What we are left with, then, is a film that strikes the perfect balance between the classic and the modern. In pace and construction the film takes a more serious approach to the espionage, and in that regard the Bond film that this most reminds of is one of the best, From Russia With Love.

The film’s other strength is the personal stakes it affords. Both Bond and M are faced with a mission targeted directly at them, and it challenges their skills and their ideals. Our villain, Silva, has ties with both characters and his evil plot is not one to take over the world or something equally outlandish, but rather far more intimate. As Silva, Javier Bardem is wildly enjoyable. He saunters devilishly with a mischievous and sexually adventurous tinge that renders him both incredibly menacing and also oddly charming. It is a phenomenal and complete performance that glues the entire film together. Silva’s issue with M is one that calls back events that occur with Bond in the beginning of the film. Sometimes the woman in charge, sitting behind her comfortable desk, has to make the tough decisions while agents are out in the field, and this film both from Silva’s and Bond’s perspective questions the morality of these decisions.

If I have painted a picture of a serious film, it is indeed. At the same time, though, this film is fun, funny, and just a little bit silly. This is James Bond, after all, and our villain has a ridiculous secret lair on a private island; we visit a casino in Macau complete with a Komodo Dragon pit; and Bond dryly quips his way through the day. The Bond girls are sexy and elegant, with Naomie Harris in particular standing out as strong and tough. Ralph Fiennes also adds gravitas as M’s new boss. Then there is the action, which is interspersed appropriately and fluidly and cleanly shot. Deakins utilizes wide angles and steady close-ups and certainly not the shakiness that has become so common in recent action films. The film’s opening chase, a grand escape and attack in the middle that is beautifully edited, and the climatic battle are all compelling and fun, but they do not outweigh the characters or the narrative. The film uses action smartly and with purpose. A fight scene in Shanghai, lit only by the neon of ever-changing billboards, is as breathtaking as anything I’ve seen this year, and is a perfect moment of form.

Skyfall is a Bond film that honors and respects the character and simultaneously moves him into the future. As such, I can’t wait to see what’s next. After all, the film’s closing credits inform us that “James Bond Will Return.” Here’s to another 50 years.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:55 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed reading that post.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:40 AM
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading that post.
Thanks! I really appreciate it. Hope you dig the film.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:58 AM
Really excited to see this tonight. After being disappointed by Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises, I'm hopeful this will live up and exceed my expectations. I'm particularly interested in Bardem's performance as well as M's fate.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:21 PM
Truly a different type of Bond film. On the one hand we have the exciting set-pieces and absolutely outlandish traits that define classic Bond (complete with the villain having his own desolate island for a secret layer), and on the other we have a brooding, melancholy humanity to the character (as well as the much-expanded role of M) that definitely adds a level of sophistication to a 50 year old series. Not giving anything away, but I feel that the quiet little scenes in the Scottish countryside between Bond and M are a perfect example of what makes this entry so distinct. Thanks in large part to screenwriter John Logan and director Sam Mendes, this is as close to a character piece that we're ever gonna get from Bond - and what makes it actually work is the fact that the film is so fully aware of the fact that it is after all a Bond film, and the juggling act that the film pulls between the "old" classic Bond cheese and the "new" darker, grittier, and more contemplative approach truly makes for a blockbuster in the same tradition as The Dark Knight.

And also, I can't go without mentioning Roger Deakins' absolutely stunning cinematography. This is without a doubt one of the most visually breathtaking films of the year and if the man were to win his long overdue Oscar for this film I would not be surprised.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:32 PM
Seeing this on Sunday, can't wait.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:02 PM
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Truly a different type of Bond film.
... i'll say it is. having grown up with the Roger Moore(who is my favourite Bond) Bond films, the Craig films are difficult for me to get into. i can appreciate these films for what they are. however, at the same time i find myself getting bored quickly while watching them. they definitely have their cool moments though.

Spoiler:
now that the Q character(enjoyed all his scenes) has been introduced in Skyfall, i'm thinking future films can only get better.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:19 PM
The movie was absolutely outstanding. I also loved the many nods to the previous installments and the new direction the ending leaves us with. And oh yeah, Silva is the best Bond villain.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:28 PM
Like Casino Royale, this is a Bond film that asks a little more from it's audience. And also like Casino Royale, it's easily one of the best Bond's ever.

What I really loved about it was it's ability to continue on with it's more grounded take on the character while simultaneously reintroducing key elements of the franchise. It's wonderful

Starting with Dalton, we've been getting hints of the literary Bond more then any other bloke before him. It's not until Casino Royale came along that the Bond of the novels felt like a thing they could explore. And now with Skyfall, we have ourselves a Bond as close to the novels as he can get. Now, people who have never read the books may not pick up on this like I, or potentially any other fans of the novels will, but it really added an extra level of enjoyment to the film.

In many ways this is Bonds most personal film, more so than OHMSS and Casino Royale. And again, like Royale, the film builds to a surprisingly emotional finale. A Finale I wasn't expecting to affect as much as it did.

Like everyone else has said, this is a gorgeous looking movie. I didn't think a Bond film would ever look as good as CR, but Skyfall beats it. Deakins is a master and the sequences in Shanghai and Macau are especially glorious to behold.

The film is plotted and paced perfectly. It's a long film, but it never felt draggy. It's also not as heavy on action as one would suspect. Don't get me wrong, there is action but it's more contained and controlled and it feels like a natural progression of the story. This is also a great SPY movie. Not many Bond films really take advantage of the whole SPY thing, but Skyfall has great moments of good old fashioned espionage.

Skyfall has a pretty darn heavy sense of gloom hanging over it, but that doesn't stop it from being genuinely funny in spots. None of the jokes are over-the-top or forced, it's very well handled. Bond and Q's little scenes of banter were ace. Which brings me to my next point. Some fans of the series dislike how much of the series staple traditions and cliche's were mostly thrown away in Casino Royale and Quantum Solace. I didn't care personally. If the filmmakers have to rely on injokes and cliche's to make a Bond film feel like a Bond film then maybe it's not a good Bond film in the first place.

Skyfall carefully brings back pretty all of the franchises staples in a way that never once feels hollow or trite. And when they came back, I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear. By the end of the film the franchise has come full circle. The last five minutes of the film are a glorious to any fan of the series and had me giddy as the credits rolled.

And yes, Silva is a Bond baddie for the ages. As fun as some of the evil worldy dominating super villains can be, I was never overly impressed with any Bond villain to speak of. I prefer some over others, but they never struck a cord with me like they do most other fans. I seem to enjoy the more grounded villains of the series like Red Grant, Sanchez, 006...and with Javier Bordem's Silva we have a Bond villain I can really get behind. The first baddie I can say legitimately felt uneasy with. Bordem's choice to play him as an effeminate nutjob is really inspired. There is one scene in particular that is genuinely creepy that I won't give away here...

So, with Skyfall we have a brilliantly plotted Bond film that does the impossible: It manages to put a new twist on the series while simultaneously getting back to it's roots. Gorgeous as all hell, suspenseful, funny, and character driven. As sophisticated and classy as the best of the series.

9/10
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  #53  
Old 11-09-2012, 10:36 PM
Saw this tonight. Pretty fucking reactionary movie, even by Bond standards. Entertaining enough, though, I suppose.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:47 PM
4.5/5

a great great Bond film. the only thing that hold it's down is the Bond girls from goldfinger and from russia with love
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:01 AM
Headed to see this in like 2 hours! WOONATION!
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:31 AM
It seems that Craig's Bond movies are intent on not only bringing character back to the franchise, but also pay homage to those movies that catapulted the character to international superstardom in the first place - particularly Connery's movies. With Casino Royale, you saw an inexperienced Bond dealing with love, starting out as a double-0, as well as paying respect to Dr. No with Daniel Craig's coming out of the water. In QoS, we see how Craig deals with lost love while paying homage to Goldfinger's infamous shot of a dead Bond girl covered in gold paint. Skyfall continues that tradition with continued emphasis on character, awesomeness, and paying tribute to past Connery movies (with a little shoutout/dig to Brosnan's Goldeneye).

Daniel Craig is slowly becoming the best Bond to fill the character's shoes. He's made the character his own - bringing the character into the 21st century. He delivers all the character's usual attributes: tough, suave, charming, funny, etc. But he's also delivering characteristics - especially in this movie -that make him more relatable to everyday audiences: weaknesses, emotions when it comes to his past, and the inability to adjust to a troubling event in his life. In this movie, Craig has to deal with a lot of things while taking on a villain that is threatening MI6. And Craig delivers, once again, and shows that he is one of the best actors to portray the character.

To get a good character study from the Bond character, I think the movie needs a good script to go along with it. Skyfall has a great script, bringing in aspects of Bond's past, as well as M's. Together they have to take on a villain from M's past. Seeing Bond take on Javier Bardem's villain is a lot of fun in that Silva is a formidable opponent in that he's smart, resourceful, and quite insane. The story also throws in shoutouts to Goldfinger as well as M's and MI6's classic look from Connery's and Moore's era - LOVED IT!!

However, this new Bond movie didn't forget how to show a Bond fan a good time. The action sequences are as good as ever with motorcycle chases, a fight on a train, and Sam Mendes does wonders with silhouette sequences - particularly a one-on-one fight between Bond and a baddie. And the final showdown was absolutely spectacular with gunfights, explosions, and maybe even a little symbolism. Great stuff. We also see the return of Q - who probably had the most to do since Licence to Kill and Moneypenny. The cast can officially be regarded as "great" with Ralph Fiennes and a bit part by Albert Finney. This movie has so much going for it and I see no problem regarding it as one of the best of the franchise.

9/10
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:03 PM
Skyfall review

... This time around, political themes take a backseat to the psychological, with Dench's "M" standing for "mother." In portraying Silva (Bardem), the former operative-turned-menace, Mendez and company take a few more chances than is typical for such a testosterone-fueled franchise. (In particular, an interrogation between Silva and Bond plays in refreshingly stark contrast to a parallel scene from Casino Royale.) But from his first monologue (shot at a curiously long distance), Bardem always appears to be doing too much with too little. Is Silva a professional for-hire or a terrorist with a vendetta? His character is never really coherently defined, even for a Bond villain. ...

from my review of Skyfall (2012)
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:14 PM
Saw it last night and it was even superior to Casino Royale. Also Skyfall isn't a Burne-like film like the last 2 Bond films. So who must direct the next Bond film? My pic is Christopher Nolan and the villain played by Giancarlo Esposito.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:37 PM
just saw it...wow.

Officially my favorite movie of the year. Absolutely loved it.

Review - http://wp.me/p2CCWq-2l1

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:11 PM
I'm not what you would call the biggest Bond fan. I haven't seen many of them, and the recent output other than Casino Royale haven't been very good (and I had some problems with Casino Royale). Big budget movies like this have a tendency to make their plots overly complicated. When you bring a guy like Sam Mendes in, he strips it down and keeps the plot simple, giving characters that generally haven't had a lot of meat on their bones a surprisingly amount of depth. So instead of having a bunch of unnecessary exposition between the incredible action sequences, Mendes gives us great character moments. Many villains in films like these have little motivation. They are just bad and their actions just show us how bad they are. Here, Mendes keeps the villain closely tied to the main characters (specifically M), instead of it being some random foreign crazy person that just happened to pop up on the radar. By doing this, it makes the film much tighter. And while the character is most certainly a "bad guy", I empathized with him, which is partly due to how the character is written and partly due to Bardem's excellent performance. He chews the scenery, sure, but that scene in the middle when he is talking to M took my breath away. No Bond film that I have seen has ever made me so interested in the characters.

This is what big budget entertainment should be. It doesn't take itself so seriously that it forgets what it ultimately is, but also gives its characters enough depth that we actually give a shit about them. I also give them props for having the balls to go with the climax that they did. Very contained, almost like what would happen if Kevin McCallister grew up to be a spy and people were trying to kill him. At first I thought it was a bit silly, but as it went on it really worked. The way that sequence is shot and how it progressively gets darker and darker was spectacular. That cut from Craig first hearing music to Bardem and his crew flying in on the chopper with that great Animals rendition of "Boom Boom" was a great moment.

So yeah, thumbs up from this guy. Highly recommended.

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:25 PM
I have been a bond fan all my life, and i have to say this is the best bond movie ever. Sam mendes hit the movie right on the head. It was classic bond with great action. The Movie was so good, i didnt mind it being 2 and a half hours. I hope he does the next movie too.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:05 AM
I'm ecstatic that this movie is receiving positive reviews. I was a bit let down with Quantum of Solace, especially after Casino Royale, which I thought was superb. I'm going to see this on Monday and I cannot wait!
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:14 AM
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Mendes has directed 8 movies. Only one of those movies is on the IMDB top 250 list. American Beauty was a fluke, and Road to Perdition was heavy handed mediocrity.

Nolan has directed 8 movies. 6 of them are on the IMDB top 250 list. TDK is in the top 10 movies of all time, TDKR is in the top 20, Inception is in the top 30, Memento is in the top 40, The Prestige is in the top 100, and Batman Begins ranks 104.

Nearly every movie Nolan has made is on the top 100 list. TDK & Inception were once both at #1. Nolan has made some the greatest movies of all time.

Mendes doesn't have shit on Nolan. Mendes wishes he was Nolan, and that is why he copied TDK with Skyfall. Mendes pretends to be an intellect like Nolan, but his work says otherwise.
Honestly this is the dumbest logic I've EVER heard. This may be the dumbest attempt at an argument I have ever read on this board. We're suppose to give kudos to ImDb and their voting system to combat Mendes vs Nolan???

While I agree Nolan is better than Mendes your argument supporting that is absurd.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:06 AM
All was thought lost when the James Bond franchise became entangled in legal trouble 2 year ago due to
MGM studios filing for bankruptcy,but fortunately these troubles faded and Bond is back just in time
for the franchises 50th anniversary on the big screen.

Unlike the so-so last Bond outing Quantum of Solace, Skyfall is tighter ,more interesting and better paced.
Pulling viewers in with an exhilarating opening sequence and singer Adele's stirring voice belting out
the films title song.
Daniel Craig continues to strike the right chords as Bond,as he faces mortality,his past,and loyalty to Queen
and country or a life of pleasureable leisure.
Javier Bardem as cyber-terrorist Raoul Silva in no way wanted Silva to resemble Anton Chigurh the villain
he portrayed in No Country For Old Men ,and he doesnt .He's excellent as the fey,insane,and scolding
Silva,who toys with Bond in a way he has never been toyed with before.

The Bond ladies not to be forgotten: Naomie Harris as Eve is capable,,tough,slinky and beautiful,
and Bérénice Lim Marlohe as Sévérine is mysterious and gorgeous(the less make up the better)
Judi Dench as M is great as usual the film displays the loyalty she has for Bond and he for her.

Also nice touches from Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney

There is this great balance of classic and new in the film,some of the balance is used for humorous moments
and nods to the 50 year series,and how advances in technology can be helpful and hurtful.
The misses in the film are few.

Even at the films 2 hour and 25 minute running time i wanted more but i guess i will have to wait along with
legions of other Bond fans for his next big screen mission.

Scale of 1-10 a 9
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:43 PM
Too sick to write much of a reaction to this right now but I loved it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:15 PM
9/10 I freaken loved it. I don't usually like to do this, but it is one of the best Bond EVER. Goldfinger (2) and Thunderball (1) are the best followed by Casino Royale and now Skyfall in what order I am not yet sure. I was really pleased. I loved the introduction to the new (old) characters. I did not see (nor did I try) to see where the people fit, but I am really pleased how it all worked out. It is like a prequel sequel prequel postquel quel cool movie.
Craig is not nearly as charming a Bond as Brosnan, but he is great.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:00 PM
For 50 years, filmgoers around the world have had the titular British secret agent, James Bond, on the big screen. From the birth of author Ian Fleming’s character in 1962’s Dr. No, made famous by Sean Connery; to Pierce Bronson’s most recent take of the character of Bond in the mid nineties and millennium, the character has been passed through numerous directors to helm their vision of Bond throughout the different decades. But, while some of these films were solid in their own right, there wasn’t a real connection towards the series until Daniel Craig helmed the Bond character in 2006 with the quasi prequel/reboot Casino Royale. That film cemented Bond as a vibrant and layered character, helped by Craig’s stoic yet vulnerable portrayal of the character. Most Bond films have had that type of characterization in previous films, but the past Bond films have given the character a bit more well roundedness that audiences can invest in. While the most recent film, Quantum of Solace, sort of lost the vibrant comeback that Royale was yearning for, director Sam Mendes comes to the plate with Skyfall that takes the old school and new school formulas of James Bond and mix them with solid results.

For that, Skyfall seems apt to make a personal character story between Craig’s James Bond and his relationship to his superior M (Judi Dench), who must deal with a nefarious villain (Javier Bardem) who wants to impose terror within the MI6 agency. The themes of dealing with M’s past sins and the relationship with Bond are done brilliantly, as they were the most vital parts in the Bond films that Craig previously appeared in with Dench. M and Bond’s bantering, mother/son relationship is the true heart of Skyfall and Mendes milks it for all that its worth, with Craig and Dench selling it perfectly.

But it isn’t a Bond film with all the typical plot proceedings that all these Bond films usually go by, and Mendes, with his teams of writers, has no qualms in digging into that toy box. One such archetype is a charismatic villain that can get under James Bond’s skin, to which Javier Bardem answers with his villainous Silva. Bardem just exudes class acting in his role, relishing each monologue that he can give, while also throwing a nice twist to how these Bond villains can sometimes be portrayed as. His scenes with Craig and, particularly Dench in one scene, are some of the film’s highlights, adding more weight to this personal story.

As for the action, you say? Well, Mendes has the great cinematographer Roger Deakins on hand to create some gorgeous set pieces that feel epically massive in scale, while even the more one-on-one fisticuffs are still shot perfectly (one fight scene in Sanghai is great in terms of the usage of lighting, setting, and soundtrack). Even when there isn’t a heart stopping action beat, Deakins still keeps the epic in this bond story, with setting choices that look absolutely beautiful on the big screen.

If the film has a bit of misstep, it’s that most of the plot points seem to be a collection from other blockbusters that have come out in recent years. That’s not a problem if there’s something new and refreshing to these ideas in a Bond film, but they mostly keep the film from breaking new ground for James Bond when it seems to pave a new road of the titular character. Mendes keeps the predictability engaging for the most part, but there are moments where the predictability slows down the momentum that the film was having.

But, flaws aside, Skyfall is still a quintessential and solid James Bond film. This is a film that wants to take Bond in a new, unique direction, but doesn’t want to leave out what makes a Bond film worked for fifty years. Hopefully, the balancing act that Mendes and his crew gave to this film will continue and evolve in future installments, allowing Bond film to open to a whole new generation.

8/10
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:40 PM
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This movie's already made $270 million and it hasn't even opened in the U.S. yet.
That's because James Bond is one of those international franchises that does well around the globe

I saw it this afternoon...very pleased with the result

9/10
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:40 AM
I liked it. A lot even. But I don't think it's as great as everyone is claiming it to be. I actually found the movie to be extremely predictable. Every twist and character revelation (meaning who certain characters end up becoming, particularly the Eve character and Ralph Fiennes's character) I saw coming a mile away.

Now this did not at all interfere with my enjoyment of the movie and I even smiled at the end during those "revelations". The truth is that despite a cool opening action scene and cool credits scene and a cool fight in Shanghai, the movie doesn't really truly come alive until Javier Bardem FINALLY makes his first appearance half way through the movie. After that, the movie remains pretty gripping and highly exciting. Bardem's performance is kind of weird in that sometimes he goes a little too far over the top where he comes off as a little too silly but there are other times when he's fantastic, most notably his very first appearance when he has Bond tied to a chair.

As good as the opening scene is, it's not the best action scene. The best action scenes in the movie are:

Spoiler:
- when Silva escapes from MI6 and tries to go after M with Bond on his trail

and

- the climax, which contains one of the most impressive piece of pyrotechnics I have ever seen put in film. It's incredibly awesome.



I wasn't really that impressed with Thomas Newman's score other than when he incorporates the main Bond theme and even, he doesn't use enough IMO.

I will say though that Roger Deakins' cinematography is pretty breathtaking at times. The Shanghai scene in particular looks great and the whole third act set at Bond's childhood home looks absolutely incredible.

All in all, I was entertained. It's a very enjoyable and entertaining movie. But at no point was I truly wowed by the movie. It's a solid popcorn flick, albeit one with maybe a little more heft and meat that we normally get.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:53 AM
Spoiler:
You know, a lot of the movie's themes have been resonating with me and I've been thinking a lot of the movie now almost to the point where I think I might actually like this movie more after watching it again and again. It does have some pretty great themes of facing one's own age and facing one's own mortality. For instance, M facing the possibility of a forced retirement and after Bond returning not fully heeled and having been seriously hurt and damage from his assignment early in the movie. And Ralph Fiennes asking Bond and M essentially why bother coming back? And when M is being questioned in court, I love her response to the accusation that MI6 is an obsolete organization. That, on the contrary, because they live in a world more scary than ever before where they no longer know who their enemies are and where they are located, MI6 and agents like Bond, are more necessary and needed than ever before.


Some great stuff there and I really hope Judi Dench gets an Oscar nomination. She really deserves it IMO. She's magnificent in the movie.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:23 AM
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy Skyfall, but not as much as I expected to. Maybe it's because it's been built up so much that disappointment is inevitable, but I just didn't think it was THAT great.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:48 PM
I was a little too hyped up for this one as well....don't get me wrong I enjoyed it wayyy more than Quantum and I did think Bardem was a solid villain...a 2nd viewing will help a lot...
I'd still give it a 7.5 or 8/10.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:00 PM
WATCH the opening title sequence for Skyfall - this is awesome - http://wp.me/p2CCWq-2lM
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:21 PM
Saw this a few days ago and was not disappointed in the slightest. For me, it delivered in spades and I thought the action for one was handled impeccably (although, really anything is impeccable next to QOS i guess) and I was never restless enough to even glance at my watch before the credits rolled. Craig, Dench, Fiennes, Harris, and Whishaw are wonderful, but for me Bardem stole the show as Silva. Such a unique villian, beautifully played. Funny, dark, menacing, and ever so slightly sympathetic, I thought Bardem was on fire. I only wish they would have maybe given him a tad more screen time but honestly nothing stood out to me as being superfluous as is, so it probably would have caused things to stretch on just a bit too long. Would love to see this again in IMAX next time, but i'm not sure i'll find the time between all the new releases I want to catch. Either way- obvious day one Blu Ray for me. Duh.

One thing though:

Spoiler:
At the beginning during the chase, when James slams his bike into the wall in order to flip over and onto the train...I have to admit as awesome as that is, I lost it and could not hold in laughter...seriously a future classic Bond moment I feel. Really kind of captured the essence of the series to me- fun, dangerous, wild, with just the tiniest bit of subtle hinting that it would love to just be completely over the top sometime.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:48 PM
Eh, I thought it was okay. Actually, I was finding myself bored through a good chunk of it. My biggest problem was that it was trying to be too smart while at the same time being pretty dumb.

Spoiler:
Why would there be a single laptop computer floating out in the open with every name of every covert agent on it?

And when you recover a known super-hacker's laptop, why in the hell would you just plug it into your network and expect nothing bad to happen?


To me, this was the third James Bond movie in a row that desperately tried to not be a James Bond movie. (The joke about exploding pens was pretty insulting, if you ask me) And yet it tries to embrace and even more bygone era of Bond with all the winks towards the 60s era stuff.

The plot itself was fine. I actually really enjoyed the villain and his whole story, and the first one-on-one scene with him and Bond was pretty funny. He's easily the best bad guy from the Daniel Craig movies. The climax was easily the highlight of the movie. But as a whole, the movie just didn't do much for me.

In the end, I think I'd rate this as a middle of the road Bond movie.

7/10


Fun fact: ten years ago, I wanted Ralph Fiennes to be the next James Bond.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:29 PM
I wanna bring up a subtopic for this movie: the references to the older films.

Personally, I thought all the references in SKYFALL was a gift from EON to the fans of the series. Just seeing all the little bits and pieces that we know and love come back in a flood of Bond geekery was just lovely.

Let's do a headcount of the references, shall we?

? = kinda thin, might not be a reference

Spoiler:
  • OCTOPUSSY - Fight on top of the train
  • YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - Bond's "death" (? - it wasn't planned this time)
  • THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH - Explosion at MI6
  • DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - Bond riding an elevator from outside
  • GOLDFINGER - Bond saying "You must be joking" to the new Q
  • DR. NO - Issuing Bond a PPK (?)
  • LICENCE TO KILL - Palm-reading gun
  • GOLDFINGER - Radio-tracker
  • TOMOROW NEVER DIES - Bond's obituary
  • GOLDENEYE - Q mentioning "exploding pens"
  • GOLDFINGER - Aston Martin DB5
  • DR. NO and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN - Secluded villain's island


Can you guys name more?
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:24 AM
Yeah... awesome.

9/10
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:20 AM
My uncle, my mom, my dad, they all weren't impressed with Skyfall. I could't believe it after all the rave reviews the movie got. I finally saw it today and I feel the same way as them. The personal touch that people love was my biggest gripe. In the end Skyfall has just another revenge plot. For some reason I don't mind the tired stolen secret agent list plot, it just fits within the spy genre, but the personal vendetta plot is just so meh.

The villain was as one dimensional as they get. In typical Bond fashion he starts monologuing, telling some of his backstory. He does it on his island in the sun, with computer servers in an old ruin. Don't mind the dust or heat I guess. And in what can happen only in movies, everything that happens has been planned by the villain. His capture, his escape. The exact moment M would be questioned. It's the same logic a Saw movie has, where everything happens just like Jigsaw planned. But that franchise is never called intelligent.

The movies does start and end very Bond like. The precredits scene is great and I liked the reveals at the end. I enjoyed the outlandish komodo dragon pit in the casino. You see the komodo and you know that one of the bad guys ends up there. It's so Bond. However the villain and his diabolical plot didn't do it for me.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:20 PM
First I thought Avengers was what a spectacle should be. Then I thought The Dark Knight Rises was what a blockbuster should be: spectacle with enough emotional involvement to stay connected through.

And then came Skyfall. THIS is what a blockbuster should be. Sprawling action set pieces, a tight script, lingering long enough on emotional moments to draw the cues, pitch-perfect acting and breath-taking cinematography.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:10 AM
the movie only needs 11 million more to break $800 million worldwide

it makes me so happy that the film is doing so well i don't think any of us thought it would be this huge let alone a great god damn film

i mean i've been a Bond fan basically all my life and maybe only a few of them i'll watch without rewatching the whole series (Thunderball,Goldeneye and Casino Royale) and Skyfall fits what a Bond film or any action film should be

now the big question is how are they gonna top Skyfall
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