TheRock wrote: The Artful Dodger wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:Skyfall 7/10
Great movie if you ignore the plot. The story was really stupid but everything else excellent.
I'd give Skyfall more or less the same rating. The story was confusing and it even felt like a weird re-hash of splices from unrelated films. Despite that, this was an enjoyable Bond film. Definitely an improvement from Quantum of Solace, but not as good as Casino Royale.
I see every Bond movie anyway, but in this case I kept hearing people describe it as the best one ever. So I was looking forward to seeing it. In that context, it was a complete flop. Worst Bond movie I've seen since the Timothy Dalton days honestly. I agree with the plot issues. What was the plot again? Evil dude has an elaborate evil plan which culminates in (SPOILER ALERT) walking into Parliament dressed as a policeman and shooting M.
? Nothing memorable in the whole movie, and he doesn't even get a girl in the end.
Worst Bond film since Dalton's films is an exaggeration; one clearly doesn't remember Die Another Day. Then, there's Brosnan's other low point, Tomorrow Never Dies. Both of Dalton's Bond films are underrated IMO. Licence to Kill was too dark for the Bond series at that time and once you got past the zig-zagging plot of The Living Daylights, it ranked easily as a top 10 Bond film. But I digress.
I didn't really have a problem with Silva's main motivation. It just makes him the more deranged for doing it, without having any worldly gain in so doing. For him to go in the archetypal megalomaniac route would've been a hackneyed route for him, although his character would've suited it fine as well. I think the scene you bring up in particular was the high point of the film, especially the ratcheted buildup towards it.
I can understand the criticism of Skyfall, but at the end of the day, it's still a Bond film which really doesn't need to be overanalyzed. Purely on artistic merit, the formulaic Bond films of the past wouldn't have been worth watching, except for the fact most watch Bond films for the escapism of it all. The rebooted Bond films have been a refresher, reflecting more truly on the mood of the Ian Fleming books. I think the last two films after Casino Royale, have disappointed somewhat in elevating the Bond series into something greater than it could have ever been. However, with the required suspension of disbelief one would grant to the run-of-the-mill Bond film, Skyfall delivered well as an action film. Compared to Quantum, this had a better balance between Bond's further humanistic character development and the feeling of watching a Bond film.
I think Skyfall sets up the series nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing if the next Bond film can manage to be a traditional escapist caper without having to resort to outrageous things like radioactive lint or an invisible Aston Martin.