Friday, November 9, 2012

I'm not clear on why Skyfall's getting such rave reviews

The first 90+ minutes are a parade of beautifully framed shots, but are otherwise filled with dull dialog, and silly action bordering on farce.  And it's capped off with a villainous master plan possibly even more ludicrous than the Joker's in The Dark Knight, with a dash of computer hacking that's about as compelling as the Da Vinci virus in Hackers.   (It's so stupid, they don't even try to explain how the villain escapes his cell.)  The new Moneypenny and the other Bond girl are entirely forgettable.  (The Bond girl seems unable to fit her teeth in her mouth.)  And Adele's endlessly repetitive theme does not get better with repeated plays.

On the plus side, the last 30 minutes are solid, Javier Bardem's first scene is outstanding (partly because it's the first moment of genuinely interesting dialog after such a long wait), and again, there are many gorgeous shots that would serve well as desktop wallpapers or screensavers.  Also, one of the goons in the casino was my first karate instructor.  (At least when I was a kid, I think most of the karate instructors in the city were actors.)

Has someone already created a cool poster featuring the Bond family stag?