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Apr. 7th, 2013 | 01:42 pm

I was inspired to write an entry on this film mostly because of pooka_neko's review. I had wanted to write something up about it when I first saw it a few weeks ago, but I was so overwhelmed by the fail that I was worried it would be little beyond word vomit.

But I'm cooled off now.

When it first came out, Facebook had been ablaze with positive reviews and several of my friends called it depressing, sad, brilliant, gorgeous, etc.... But for whatever reason I never saw it in theaters. Even though the trailers made it look breathtaking visually, I just wasn't interested.

We didn't finish it the first night -- around the 1:45 mark (it's a 2.5 hour film), we stopped it because we were both falling asleep from both exhaustion and boredom, so we finished it the next day.

Here's the thing: I never cared for Bond growing up. It was always a franchise geared for the adults. The Brosnan films, which came out when I was a kid, never had an understandable plot. Hell, I had to ask Josh throughout Skyfall who Bond even was and who he worked for. Is he like a hitman? Who the hell is M? Who are they working for?

I thought Craig was terrible as Bond. He's not even acting. He's stone-faced, near inhuman, and I'm almost tempted to compare his lack of facial expression to Kristen Stewart. His dialogue is flat and uninteresting, his entire existence is flat and uninteresting. I understand that it's part of his character to be rough and closed-off from everything and everyone (or is it?), but I have a hard time accepting Craig's Bond as significant. There is nothing in his character that, unless you're already a Bond fan, will move you to like him. To root for him, respect him. There just isn't anything there.

Meanwhile, M is made out to be tough, political, and all-knowing, but then suddenly transforms into someone helpless, careless and feeble. It just doesn't make much sense.

During the movie, I forgot it was supposed to be beautiful, so that must say something about it visually. It didn't live up to the hype at all, although it certainly had its moments. Craig's blue eyes stood out to me the most, and they seemed to color coordinate the rest of the film with them. But I was so distracted by my own boredom that the visuals couldn't counteract it.

The villain, however, did not fall flat in the slightest. His personality opposed Bond's completely, and he was the only redeemable quality about the film. But I can't even say that I liked him, unfortunately.

So, not much more than emotional word vomit, but now I have it off my chest. Overall, I think I wasted 2.5 hours of my life on Skyfall, and I don't suspect I'll ever bother seeing another Bond film. Especially one that Craig is involved in.

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dissonance

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from: timeprojectile
date: Apr. 7th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Almost all James Bond fans agree that Sean Connery is the best Bond, but everyone seems to have their own opinion on who the second best is. To my boyfriend, the second best Bond happens to be Craig, and he loved Skyfall. To me, it didn't strike me as any more exciting than any other action movie or Bond movie, though it takes a lot for me to call a movie "bad," and I've liked movies that other people have called awful on principle.

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Dorkface McGee

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from: pooka_neko
date: Apr. 12th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Because Bond has become this institution in film now, it's difficult to avoid hype and I find that I'm always let down by films when I hear so much buzz about them. Your review reminded me that Skyfall was such an overly long film. While I liked the first half, the second half is so mind-numbingly dull, I spent more time watching the seconds go by on my clock.

I agree with you on M, too. It was too swift of a change in her character. I hated the ending with her as well. It smacked of, "Judi Dench doesn't want to play this character anymore, how can we do away with her?" It's a shame, because I think her presence as a strong female figure in a male dominated franchise was interesting, at least.

I made the mistake of asking my dad about Bond afterwards and he launched into this complete analysis of the series. He can't remember my birthday, but he knows every single actor who ever appeared in a Bond film! He informed me that the best Bond film is a remake of Thunderball (these titles, so hard not to laugh), with Sean Connery where all the gadgets he's given don't work.

The upside to watching a Bond film is . . . now I get more of the jokes in the Austin Powers franchise.

That's pretty much why I started writing on my journal in the first place. So much word vomit I needed to get off of my chest! It's better to write it down than to have it circling in my head all day.

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