Friday, November 23, 2012

2012 - SKYFALL - the James Bond series keeps rolling along

 As the bad guy's helicopter with the high powered machine gun flew around James Bond's childhood home blasting it into a million pieces, I couldn't help thinking the perhaps the fun has finally drained out of the series.

I fully understand that the Sean Connery and Roger Moore, films in the series are a thing of the past.  Still it  seems that this serious streak the series is going through with the humorless Daniel Craig isn't much fun to watch anymore and maybe Craig could really start to lighten up a bit.  This is very apparent when the film rolled out the Aston Martin from Goldfinger for the last half of the film.  This was the only time in the theater the audience cheered.

The Bond series really seems out of ideas in this film.  The "put James Bond out to pasture" thing was already done in Goldeneye.  Also this cyber crime plot and focusing on the M character seems like pretty tired and unimaginative stuff.  Javier Bardern as the gay criminal mastermind is good but this character lacks the larger than life villainy that Joseph Wiseman, Lotte Lenya, Gert Frobe, Adolfo Celi and even Charles Gray brought to this stereotypical role.

Finally, this film is incredibly long,  coming in at over two hours with a very plot heavy story about James Bond's search for personal redemption blah blah blah.

But what do I know, this is one of the most successful films in the series.  Critics are critics fawning all over it and the the general public loves it.

143 minutes.

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