The truth is I have mixed feelings on this new James Bond movie. There are some action-packed, typical James Bond, WOW Moments in SkyFall. Those parts I liked. Then, there are the other moments, the boring moments.
The movie starts off with a spectacular pre-credits action sequence. Yes, it’s over-the top, but we expect and accept that with James Bond. The chase scene goes from riding on the roof tops of a Turkish bizarre to using an earth mover to plow through a train car. All unbelievable and great! This feels like a Bond film. This is what I came to see, but that feeling doesn’t last.
This beginning chase scene ends with a friendly-fire mishap by a fellow MI6 agent, Eve (Naomie Harris). As Bond’s death is assumed, the agency moves forward with their own troubles. MI6 is under attack and M, played wonderfully by Dame Judi Dench, is the lead target. This sets up Bond’s return from rest and relaxation. And it’s a good thing he did return, because apparently shrapnel still in his body led him on the right track to the enemy.
The hunt for the enemy introduces us to two characters, from the other side. The Dr. Evil of SkyFall was Silva, played creepingly great by Javier Bardem. We eventually learn why he is after the agency and M in particular. The other character introduced was the typical good/bad Bond girl, Severine. Although seemingly insignificant, her presence and Bond’s relationship with her was odd and unsettling. We learn that her past involves being an under-age sex slave and probably still performing the same duties with Silva. That alone is disturbing enough. James bond doesn’t save her. He uses her sexuality and ultimately seduces her to get Silva. I guess her being a sex-slave and all, she is use to that. (Feeling icky yet?)
I don’t claim to be a Bond connoisseur. I grew up watching Roger Moore as Bond, so what do I know? I tend to watch Bond movies as stand-alone movies. I don’t worry about continuity between films. With over 30 films that seems to be thrown out the window anyway. The multiple homages to old Bond movies were wasted on me. The car, the exploding pen reference, the heineken … wait, what?
Let me state again, how much I enjoyed Judi Dench in SkyFall. Every scene she was in, not matter how insignificant, was enjoyable. With that, I am not even sure why I enjoyed her. Maybe it’s her great voice. Maybe it reminded me of Spaceship: Earth at Epcot. Either way, that’s the sign of a great actress. You just enjoy the screen time.
Ultimately, the movie lacked enough action for me. Other than the opening sequence, the action that SkyFall did contain was too “artistic” for me. For example, one scene included fighting silhouettes that I had a hard time watching. I just wanted the scene and several other scenes to just be over with.
I did not care about Bond’s backstory. I didn’t care what made him this way. Any attempt to delve into Bond’s history didn’t work for me. Besides James Bond works better for me as an international man of mystery. Not a man who was hardened by death at a young age and ultimately misses his Mommy.
SkyFall turns somewhere for me. It starts off great, but it later turns into Home Alone (no spoilers). The movie left me searching for a point? An ending? It left me wondering if Bond was even needed at all. In the end SkyFall left me asking way too many questions and very few answers. However, because many of those questions involve spoilers, I will hold back for now. Let’s talk after you see the film, I have a lot more to say.Tags: entertainment, james bond, Movies, review, skyfall
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