SKYFALL OR SKYFAIL?

*** This review contains spoilers ***

let me start off by saying I love james bond so much!!! I think craig is great in casino and quantum of solace. But this movie was so bad here is why.

the villain was about as scary as an employee of a mac store.

the new Q looks like an indie rocker groupie

bond doesn't have his new dbs Austin martin.

bond has a very weird shower scene he just shows up in there naked with out saying anything.

then the french bond girl has 4 lines then dies by a bet with whiskey and one shot

a large kamoto dragon saves bonds life by eatting a large Asian man

for 5 mins bond stares at London then for 10 mins he stares and walks around Scotland with nothing going on.

they play home alone in a old mansion for about 30 min built in the middle of no where. I mean they put shotgun shots under the floor boards and little grenades in the light fixtures.

I was expecting to see 5 gallon paint cans hit people in the face.

This is was the biggest let down in the theaters I've ever had. Don't believe the hype. The best thing I can say is I used free tickets to see this!!!

SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!
Colin Vance
11-12-2012 02:29 AM

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Gil Robinson

Gil Robinson

Two pieces of this film caused me to lose respect for it (only because of it's lack of respect for me).
1) How did Bond survive being shot, falling off a bridge, & drowned in the opening sequences?
2) Why would a veteran spymaster like 'M' NOT know that if you are trying to escape an elite group of killers in a dark, open field, one should not use a large flashlight? (Even your local petty thief who just shoplifted the flashlight, and was hiding from the cops would know not to do that.)

Apr 8 - 10:43 AM

Cody H.

Cody Halpert

Why don't you go find solace in another James Bond movie. Go watch Octopussy if it makes you feel better.

Mar 2 - 10:13 AM

Emperor Chase Steele

Emperor Chase Steele

Hard to believe this thread is still alive.

Mar 1 - 02:32 PM

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson

Colin seems to be disappointed that Bond didn't have an "Austin" Martin DBS in this film. I'm fairly sure that car doesn't even exist. The "Aston" Martin DBS however is a great car, but it's not in production any more, so no need for the product placement. I can't wait to see the new Vanquish in Bond 24...

Mar 1 - 07:16 AM

Kyle Hall

Kyle Hall

Everyone who says the movie sucked is just a hater. Mind you, it wasn't the best Bond movie, far from it; the ending was disappointing, there wasn't enough action (for me anyway), and there was WAAAAAY too much talking. But I still enjoyed the movie, for one reason or another.

Feb 25 - 09:39 AM

Jeff P.

Jeff Walken

SkyFuck You, Colin.

Feb 21 - 01:46 PM

Harvey Mushman

Harvey Mushman

92%

Feb 8 - 11:00 AM

Mike S.

Mike San

Bond was always Scottish . .. because in appreciation of Connery, Ian Fleming made Bond Scottish in one of the last books he wrote!

It was not until the penultimate novel, You Only Live Twice, that Fleming gave Bond a sense of family background. The book was the first to be written after the release of Dr. No in cinemas and Sean Connery's depiction of Bond affected Fleming's interpretation of the character, to give Bond both a sense of humour and Scottish antecedents that were not present in the previous stories. In a fictional obituary, purportedly published in The Times, Bond's parents were given as Andrew Bond, from the village of Glencoe, Scotland, and Monique Delacroix, from the canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

Jan 27 - 09:29 PM

Robert S.

Robert Sillo

Skyfall. Number 5 on my list.

Jan 20 - 04:17 PM

William Granger

William Granger

Right on Colin! Still can't understand though how many people just think this is the greatest Bond movie ever.

Dec 30 - 01:11 PM

Greg Howard

Greg Howard

home alone? did you not get the old vs. new and resurrection/baptism themes that made this way more than just a bond movie? oh, wait. you were too busy counting the minutes that nothing was exploding. They make movies for you, and they usually star Jason Statham or Steven Seagal.

Dec 15 - 09:24 PM

Richard Dobson

Richard Dobson

Home Alone is correct, the entire third act of the film is basically a re-enactment of Home Alone.
As for what you call the "old vs. new" theme, I call a treacherous and base dishonouring of a fine movie tradition. They spend the whole time demeaning the James Bond heritage that true Bond fans like I love.
And really, that's why Skyfall is more similar to the Jason Statham or Steven Seagal films you allude to than it is to its true Bond predecessors. James Bond is a cool, suave, charming character, who seduces women and saves the day. He is not a sour puss, craggy, pouting incompetent like Craig plays him to be. And he's not a mummy's boy either. He's a bad boy sex predator and that's how he needs to remain forever.

Dec 16 - 03:52 AM

Andrew M.

Andrew M

Wow Richard you totally nailed it! And totally just Pee'd in Greg's mouth

Dec 23 - 04:13 PM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

I don't recall Home Alone ever featuring men armed with automatic weapons, shotguns and explosives, you idiot. And when the hell do they demean the James Bond heritage? If you want to see some James Bond heritage getting demeaned, check out Die Another Day, or any of Brosnan's last three movies.

Then your stupid description of Bond is just a copy and paste of what everybody who knows very little about Bond says about Bond. Let me describe you for you. All you want to see is a lot of explosions, women with no characters who are only there to take their clothes off, no plots, and a lot of stupid crap shit coming out of his pockets. That's what you're looking for in a film. You're looking for something simple because you are simple. James Bond is not as simple as you make him out to be, and you make him out to be simple because that's all your mind can comprehend.

I don't know how taking down four armed men around you all at once using a pistol, banging Berenice Marlohe in the shower, falling probably hundreds of feet after being shot and surviving, and choking a guy underwater with your leg means being pouty. I take it you don't know either, and that you pretty much just posted dumb bullshit because that's all your ideas are.

Good job you moron.

Mar 6 - 02:12 PM

Himanshu Pant

Himanshu Pant

Skyfall is passed your brain has failed

Dec 13 - 10:03 PM

Gerry Mandel

Gerry Mandel

Colin, you got it right. The film is a big disappointment, time to end the series. Too bad it goes out with a whimper.

Nov 27 - 07:49 AM

Jon Martin

Jon Martin

It was a big disappointment to you because you don't know who or what James Bond is... To you he's probably a punch line machine that should have had gonorrhea at least once every movie!!

Nov 27 - 01:35 PM

John Burke

John Burke

idc what you say i loved it the entire theater was clapping after the movie ended

Nov 27 - 06:27 AM

Pawal Adhikari

Pawal Adhikari

well for me its skyfall..

Nov 26 - 09:47 PM

Lin Shukla

Lin Shukla

Awesome review. Totally agree. Besides, since when does Bond pout?! The premise of the whole movie was a Skyfail for me.

Nov 26 - 05:48 PM

Michele Beley-Jaber

Michele Beley-Jaber

moron

May 14 - 02:57 PM

Tino Pecchia

Tino Pecchia

This was the first Bond film I saw. While not a huge SkyFail. I can't say this impressed enough to see future Bond film's. 3/5- Liked the technical aspects and all of the acting. But the story dragged and didn't justified it's running time.

Nov 25 - 04:40 PM

JoeMustChangeName

Joe MustChangenName

right on HUGE FAIL

Nov 25 - 12:45 AM

James P.

James Phoenix

The biggest let down in the theater that you've ever had? How many movies have you seen in the theater, like 2?

Nov 24 - 08:23 PM

Phyllis Huang

Phyllis Huang

Oh God, your review made me laugh so hard because it's so true. I said pretty much the same thing in my own review, just not nearly as brutal as you. Kudos to you for your brutal honesty and humour.

Nov 22 - 10:03 PM

Lee Augustus

Lee Augustus

fuck you

Nov 22 - 04:41 PM

Jasleen Sangha

Jasleen Sangha

YOU, sir, are the fail.

Nov 21 - 11:55 AM

Aldair Figueroa

Aldair Figueroa

Gaaaaaaaaaaaay

Nov 20 - 07:23 PM

Aldair Figueroa

Aldair Figueroa

Gaaaaaaaaaaaay

Nov 20 - 07:23 PM

Aldair Figueroa

Aldair Figueroa

Gaaaaaaaaaaaay

Nov 20 - 07:23 PM

Aldair Figueroa

Aldair Figueroa

Gaaaaaaaaaaaay

Nov 20 - 07:23 PM

Aldair Figueroa

Aldair Figueroa

Gaaaaaaaaaaaay

Nov 20 - 07:23 PM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

It's stupid when people like you say, "Don't believe the hype, save your money" because you do not AT ALL determine the opinion of others. Most people will not have the same opinion as you so don't advise them not to see it. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's actually a bad movie.

Nov 20 - 04:42 PM

Jon Berry

Jon Berry

While this was not the "worst" Bond, it certainly was NOT the best. It was a good movie just not a good "BOND" movie.

Casino Royale was the "reboot" , so why did we need another? Most of the people who love this movie are probably not hardcore bond fans who care about what came before. The perfect comparison is the new Star Trek movie. They are trying to target the mainstream audience who has become ADD.

I would bet that most people who loved this movie would hate the old bond films just as people who loved the new Star Trek would hate the older ones because there isn't an explosion every 5 minutes. So they would find them "boring".

Its just the sad reality of most movies these days and Im not even that old, haha.

Nov 20 - 08:32 AM

Jon Martin

Jon Martin

Actually, Casino Royale wasn't a reboot per say, it was actually the first novel ever written by Ian Fleming, so to be fair, they were just following what the original story was. It's funny that you mention Star Trek, as I liked some of them (Being for of a Star Wars fan), but the new one was far superior because of the acting, not because of things blowing up...

Nov 22 - 08:46 PM

Eli M.

Eli Mafoy

QoS was a movie made for people with ADD. Skyfall is as far away from the normal storyless action flicks (I am looking at you Bay) as anyone can get.

Nov 24 - 10:07 PM

DearCastAndCrew

DearCast AndCrew

We've laid out our beefs over the ending in an essay called "Five Reasons SKYFALL Fell Flat"... http://www.dearcastandcrew.com/letters/2012/11/16/five-reasons-skyfall-fell-flat.html

Nov 19 - 01:32 PM

Josef Russert

Josef Russert

Oh I forgot about the scene where he can't shoot, then goes and digs around in his shoulder with a knife, and finds a few pieces of shrapnel. Now he can aim again and guess what? Only one person in the world uses bullets with this metal. Seriously? SKYFAIL

Nov 19 - 07:49 AM

Dyson Lu

Dyson Lu

I forgot about that part too. So ridiculous.

Nov 20 - 02:33 PM

Alan Rust

Alan Rust

What about the gamekeeper not knowing the difference between a shotgun and a rifle.

Nov 21 - 08:48 AM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

No, he can't just suddenly aim again. He gets his aim back over the course of the film, numbnuts. Also, it wasn't just one person, it was a few people that used that type of ammunition. Good to know that you are an idiot, Josef.

Mar 6 - 02:15 PM

Josef Russert

Josef Russert

Skyfail. Komodo dragon scene plus Home Alone style montage where they booby the house that James grew up in. Are you kidding me!?! Fail.

Nov 19 - 07:44 AM

Ccino N.

Ccino Neri

TOTAL FAILURE-- SKYFAIL...First few scenes are good.. establishing Bond as survivor and was able to resurrect.. but as the story goes, fighting a guy with no special weapon .. no special strtegry.. and BOND having a F**ng tough time destroying the enemy??? come on!!! And in the end.. the person they are protecting since the start of the movie (M) juts DIED like that... so LAME.. wasted money on this... :(

Nov 17 - 07:39 PM

Eli M.

Eli Mafoy

Silva's "special" weapon was his intelligence. Did you not get that?

Nov 24 - 10:08 PM

Ccino N.

Ccino Neri

first scenes are good.. establishing Bond as survivor and was able to resurrect.. but as the story goes fighting a guy with no special weapon .. no special strtegry.. and BOND having a F**ng tough time destroying the enemy??? come on!!! And in the end.. the person they are protecting since the start of the movie (M) juts DIED like that... so LAME.. wasted money on this... :(

Nov 17 - 07:32 PM

Julio Rojas

Julio Rojas

skyFALL!

Nov 15 - 05:56 AM

Dyson Lu

Dyson Lu

I'm also a huge Bond fan (especially the Daniel Craig Bond) but I'm tremendously dissappointed by this movie as well. I'm disappointed by the many plot holes and oddities in the story as well as by the gold mine of material left cruelly unexplored (or lazily explored at best).

(The following contains spoilers.)

Some examples:

1- Bond is hit by two gunshots (one's a sniper riffle). Falls off bridge. Right after the theme song, we see him having sex with an unknown hot woman (supposedly who saved him). WHAT? This whole Bond being shot and left for dead hype built before the movie release was only that: HYPE. It's as if they put this in just to hype up the movie because that whole MIA incident in itself led to no significant consequences whatsoever to the rest of the story. (Yes, upon his return to service, he has become out of shape and lost his aim but all this has very little if no implication at all to the story.)

2- Speaking of reporting back for duty: So, after some drinks while MIA, Bond decides to show up at M's residence and after an uninspired dialog, voilą, he's back! Talk about failed opportunity for an epic return! They had four years and couldn't come up with something better? Lazy!

3- Other uninspired dialog: Bond and Q in the museum. Bond with that hot lady at the Macau casino (that lady CANNOT be a Bond girl! There is no way!) So lame! It is so un-Bond like. We are talking about lightyears behind the dialogs between Bond and Vesper in Casino Royale. Even the dialogs in Quantum of Solace (Bond and Mathis for example) were more inspired and believable. This reminds me: the directing in Skyfall is absolutely terrible at utilizing (or the lack thereof) Daniel Craig's versatile acting.

4- Walther PPK with blinking LEDs. Enough said.

5- Bond disposes of a few bodyguards (lame fight scene) and the next scene you see Bond sneaking in the shower naked to have fun with that "non-Bond girl". Really? Bond used to have more class and used to be more subtle than that, especially the Daniel Craig era Bond.

6- The bad guy: his introduction was pretty well done as you don't know what to expect and he seemed unpredictable. But his entire plot does not make sense whatsoever. He should be able to kill M rather easily (heck even an MIA Bond managed to break in M's residence, remember?) with his skills and resources. I mean here's a guy who managed to blow up the MI6 headquarter with his computer skills alone! He can manipulate the stock market, control satellites, knows M's location and schedule, knows exactly when the train passes at a specific location (he timed an explosion to derail a train so that said train would crush Bond right were he stood, during a chase!), etc. But no, he opted instead for a convoluted and non-sense plan to get to M: Blows up headquarter, reveals identity of British agents in the field so that Bond captures him and brings him to M and then, he would escape (a child's play because he planned everything and was several steps ahead of MI6) to go kill M. -Mind blown-

7- Field agent Eve (who shot Bong with a sniper riffle on M's order) is Moneypenny. What? Field agent turned simple secretary. Make sense?

8- M's order to Eve to "take the bloody shot": Missed opportunity for some interesting tension and suspicion between Bond and M in the aftermath. But no. Lazy writing. Again, all that Bond being shot scene is only and solely to be put in the trailer to build as much hype as possible.

9- Final battle: see Home Alone. It's back to Bond's childhood home and where his parents are buried. Not much more was explored or revealed. Good setting for some acting and emotional scene. But no. Missed opportunity, another one.

10- Bad guy Silva points gun at an injured M's head, knife hits his back (presumably thrown by Bond), he turns around and dies. No fight, nothing.

All in all, they built a lot of hype but didn't deliver. The Bond being shot scene, the lined up coffins covered by the Union Jack scene -- they all make good dramatic scenes but they are just that: dramatic scenes tack-on to the movie to be shown in the trailer to build hype.

Final thought: With the introduction of Q, Moneypenny, the new (male) M, I'm afraid that's the end of the "serious", dramatic Bond which started with Casino Royale. It's back to the gadgets, fireworks and special effects-filled Bond -- the cheap thrills Bond movie that was the hallmark of the Pierce Brosnan's Bond era.

Nov 14 - 11:46 PM

mattovo

mattovo the great

This is obviously the post of someone who has no idea what they are talking about, learn to write!

Nov 15 - 07:31 AM

Dyson Lu

Dyson Lu

Good point. You manage to make grammatical and punctuation errors with one sentence. Yup, learn to write... lol

Nov 15 - 10:43 AM

James P.

James Phoenix

What errors did you see in that sentence, dumbass?

Nov 24 - 08:28 PM

Dyson Lu

Dyson Lu

James Phoenix: Another irony. Calls someone "dumbass" but can't spot the errors himself. LOL You trolls make it too easy.

Dec 22 - 12:08 AM

Ccino N.

Ccino Neri

I agree with Dyson.. :)

Nov 17 - 07:40 PM

Anshuman Tanna

Anshuman Tanna

hey dyson, brilliant analysis..I agree with you 100%

Nov 16 - 09:42 PM

Kris G.

Kris Gunnarsson

These are all good points, Dyson. I'm a long time fan of the James Bond genre. This movie is made by people who are NOT long time fans of the James Bond genre. The main problem with the movie is not that the story is bad, which it is, as you point out, but that they try--and fail--to create an intricate compelling story in the first place. That's not James Bond.

It would be interesting to hear what people entirely unfamiliar with the Jame Bond genre think of this movie. I have a hard time believing they would think this was a great movie.

Nov 20 - 02:09 PM

Eli M.

Eli Mafoy

By "Long time fans" do you meant that you're fans of Moore's Bond? Because that Bond is a perversion o fthe character. Dalton > Moore (But Moore has some serious class in real life. The man is a stud)

Nov 24 - 10:15 PM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

1.) Where the hell did you get the idea that the girl Bond is making out with, saved him? Where the hell did you get that idea. Nothing says anything about her saving him, and I don't know where you got that idea from. Also no, Bond's leaving wasn't just about hype. It was about Bond being introduced to a completely new MI6, so that they audience can be introduced to a completely new MI6 as well. Mr. Plinkett once said in a review that a film needs a "protagonist." A character who is just like the audience. One that doesn't quite know everything, and picks up information as they go along. If James Bond is aware of everything around him, then nobody needs to talk about it, and if nobody talks about it, it's not explained, meaning the audience is left with no explanation. That's what talented filmmakers do. Also, if you want to see a Bond movie where Bond is supposedly weakened or injured, and it has absolutely no reason, look at the World is not Enough. Supposedly if anymore of Bond's tendons snap, he will be out of action for weeks. Well gee... I guess he better be carefu..... oh wait, this injury seems to have no effect on him.z

2.) ..... What the hell did you expect? You think they're going to give him a party? You think Bond's going to break in and sing chitty chitty bang bang? Bond's been out of action for months... He's not going to be happily jumping around yelling that he's back.

3.) Nothing wrong with the dialogue with Q and Bond. First time they've met, and they talk as if its the first time they've met. Also, nothing wrong with the dialogue with the girl in the casino (assuming you're talking about Severine because you just say girl while he did talk to Naomie Harris and the girl handling the poker chips). The scene with Severine and Bond at the casino goes back to the 1960s, especially Dr. No, where James Bond learns about the woman and the audience realizes that the woman is not there just so the filmmakers can say "LOOK AT OUR WOMEN" (like they were in the 1970s). The audience realizes that the woman is actually a character with a story and purpose. And gives a reason why James Bond should ultimately care about her.

4.) No... not nuff said. You didn't say anything. What did you want it to have? A big sign that said, "ON," or, "OFF"?

5.) Oh yeah. You mean like when James Bond tricks Solitaire into making her think that she's destined to have sex with him, and needlessly puts her life in danger? Or the scene where Bond walks into a hotel after crawling out of the water, with messy hair, and his shirt completely unbottoned and his out of shape body revealed for everyone to see? Or is it that time that Bond choked a woman with her own bra? Or when Bond used a woman as a shield? Or those couple of times where Bond forcefully makes moves on women who show that they have no interest in him? Yep.... classy and subtle guy....

6.) Because it wasn't just about killing M. It was about humiliating her, and ruining her. How he feels about her, you think he just wants to whack her using a gun, and have her remembered as a great hero?

7.) What did Eve do during that whole time that made you think she's a great field agent?

8.) If that was only in there for the trailer, than it would have only been in the trailer. Lots of movies film scenes that they only intend to use for the trailers, and never appear in the actual movie. If they didn't want it in the movie, they wouldn't have put it in the movie. Also, having M be the direct reason why James Bond was shot, was the real reason why she ordered the shot.

9.) I think it's sad that booby traps are only associated with Home Alone these days, but really? Nobody can booby trap something anymore, otherwise it's just Home Alone? Grow up kids. People were booby trapping shit before Home Alone. Do your research. Also, many was revealed during that scene. The old Bond (Bond's past) is gone. His house is burned down and his old boss is dead. The James Bond of before is gone, and now all he's got is to look on into the future.

10.) Bond's house just got burned down, he choked a guy underwater using his leg, he killed dozens of guys at his house, he took down a helicopter.... How much more does he need to do? Also, there's a knife in Silva's back. I'd like to see you try to have a fight with a giant knife stuck in your back.

Then you go on this huge thing about Hype. Who the hell ever said anything about hype? That's just a YOU thing. Really, all you posted was a lot of YOU explaining that you don't understand anything. Good job.

Mar 6 - 02:59 PM

Lord Tutweiller

Lord Diego John Tutweiller of Trolldonia

I really agree. Skyfall was easily one of the worst Bond movies I've ever seen. It had a really awful villain, too many boring moments of pointless banter, and a really messy plot. And Daniel Craig always brings a bland and aloof performance to the table. It's pretty painful. But, then again, I just must be looking for other things from the franchise. For me, the best Bond outing will always be Goldfinger.

Nov 14 - 03:08 PM

John Scott

John Scott

My issue is with the Bond franchise is that it wants to be similar to the Bourne movies and more realistic. However by doing so you lose all of the charm that made the old movies so enjoyable. I miss over-the-top henchmen, drop dead gorgeous evil women, and "exploding pens." To me Skyfall could have been just some secret agent movie.

I know that "it's just a movie", however if you want to have more realism have a plot and events that make sense.

Q - a self described computer genius - hooks Silva's computer to the main network? You can blow up a building by turning on "the gas" (no one can smell gas?) and only a handful of people die (does MI6 employ just a few hundred people?) A faulty cyanide capsule? Is that even possible? MI6 moves underground - where do the employees park - ha.

Let's just agree it could have had a little more depth and thought.

Nov 14 - 07:15 AM

Danielle Perez

Danielle Perez

Visually, Skyfall was stunning. There is no question about it.
I was especially delighted that Bond himself was compared to the British war ship "The Fighting Temeraire" in the beautiful J.M.W. Turner painting. I think that if you got that reference, you understood the direction of the entire film. Furthermore, the Ulysses reference, a famous poem by Tennyson, compared Bond to Ulysses. I think these allusions added a great deal of depth that a less educated viewer could miss entirely.
Overall, Skyfall addressed the untouchable: Bond is aging. Bond is out of fashion. Bond is not invincible. That is commendable on its own.
The new Craig version of Bond has focused on humanizing a man that had previously been idolized. It brings Bond "down to Earth."
In Casino Royale, Bond was portrayed as a vulnerable lover. In Quantum of Solace, he was illustrated as almost a "big brother" type. Finally, in Skyfall we see Bond's childhood revealed and his relationship with M developed--she is a mother figure.
I am actually pleased that Skyfall's "Bond Girl" was not a central figure. It is consistent with Craig's depiction of Bond--a man that never loved another after Vesper.

Nov 13 - 06:04 PM

Dyson Lu

Dyson Lu

Bond is aging, out of fashion, not invincible. I think we all got it but that message was not demonstrated (or not convincingly enough) in the story.

Bond Girl: Since when was it necessary that Bond be genuinely in love with the woman for her to be a "central-figure" Bond Girl? In Quantum of Solace, Camille was a central-figure Bond Girl. Bond movies should have a Bond Girl worth mentionning. Skyfall doesn't have one. I understand that they didn't want the Bond Girl "to steal the spotlight" from M but that Skyfall's "Bond Girl" was ridiculously presented and then disposed and thus, she was not worthy to be labelled a "Bond Girl".

Nov 15 - 12:07 AM

Dexter Miguel

Dexter Miguel

I actually really did not like Skyfall. As someone who has watched almost all of the James Bond movies, I feel like Casino Royale is still the best movie in the series. It's intelligent, action packed, well-paced, sexy and it portrays James Bond as a believable character.

I don't wanna talk about Quantum of Solace.

Skyfall had a lot of pitfalls. It was too straightforward, with an easily predictable story line and no plot twists. There was some questionable writing as well and many opportunities to expand on characters were wasted on theatrics.

The first and second act were actually pretty good, but the third and fourth act were absolute garbage, most notably the courtroom cat-and-mouse chase and the Skyfall Estate scene. They could have expanded so much, done so much more with what they had and instead they opted for a weak storyline.

Regardless, Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem give powerhouse performances as always and the cinematography and direction was nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, the writing was so bad I just won't be watching this movie ever again. Oh and the opening song sucked.

Nov 13 - 10:14 AM

Skip Nelson

Skip Nelson

if you say anything bad about (23)Skyfall then your not a bond fan the db5 in the film dates back to goldfinger and yes i watch it again as soon as i got home. Money penny, Q and the new M were ready for (24).Sam Mendes will you do the honers of returning i was blowen away your film . so what do i say the is the best bond i can think of at the time yes out of all 22 1/2 films. Daniel Craig has taken the top spot sorry Connery

Nov 13 - 10:02 AM

Ryan Torlay

Ryan Torlay

I agree skyfall is a solid entry to the series and it may not be the best but it's one of them and Denchies and Craigs performances were stunning.

Nov 13 - 06:41 PM

Vergel Urriza

Vergel Urriza

i just cant believe that you have to smash a lot of expensive cars just get the villain.and atrain too..is it worth it?i guess not.skyfail.

Nov 13 - 05:07 AM

Kathy Taylor Fahy

Kathy Taylor Fahy

Sorry to say, but this was the worst movie I have ever seen. Even contemptated on sneeking into Frankenweenie in 3d just to get my money's worth of some kind of entertainment.

Nov 13 - 02:54 AM

Tom Ross

Tom Ross

I love how you start with "I love james bond so much!!!" then proceed to nit-pick absurdly tiny movie errors. You've either not seen any James Bond movie or just some troll... which means I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt in proclaiming your astounding absurdity in writing this.

Nov 12 - 09:56 PM

Jon Martin

Jon Martin

I totally agree with you that this guy is simply a droll trying to cling on the nostalgia of the older Bond movies.

Nov 12 - 10:19 PM

Boudewyn C.

Boudewyn Couprie

Actually, I doubt he was trying to cling on to the nostalgia of old Bond. I saw it last night and loved it. I loved the way Mendes has brought the film back to canon, while keeping it fresh for the 21st century. Bond is human. He bleeds, he hurts, he has a past that hunts and nurtures him. The Mansion is his past, his home. The old Aston Martin was a nod to the past Bond, as was the stepping on the Komodo Dragon, which was a nod to Roger Moore in "Live and Let Die"

Q, in the old movies was the quintessential English Boffin, perfect for the setting of the 60's Bond. The new Q is the 21st century Geek, less inclined to quirky gadgets but providing 21st Century Technical Support. I don't know about you, but I enjoyed the fact that Mendes has stopped the mimicry of Jason Bourne, which may have reinvigorated the franchise, and brought back the best of Bond, while giving it a 21st century makeover.

Bardem's performance was in danger of skirting the realm of parody, but always stayed on the right side of the line. Any further and it would have been overdone. As it was, he played the unhinged villain to perfection.

It was the closest to classic Bond we have seen in a long time and long terms fans should enjoy it.

Nov 12 - 11:27 PM

Jon Martin

Jon Martin

Totally agree!!! Thanks for sharing exactly what I thought!! (Seriously)

Nov 12 - 11:52 PM

Dillon DeWitt

Dillon DeWitt

And you really enjoyed Quantam of Solace more than this? Yuck. Sorry, but that was almost as bad as Octopussy, or one of the other awful cheesy sexploitation Bond films.

Nov 12 - 09:52 PM

Dillon DeWitt

Dillon DeWitt

Oh, and Javier Bardem plays the villain. I mean, on that merit alone the film is saved. Haha.

Nov 12 - 09:51 PM

Michael Bevington

Michael Bevington

Bardem was excellent, but he was horribly underused. I mean, you're finally introduced to him about halfway through the film and for the rest of the movie he was only in about 30 minutes.

Nov 27 - 03:00 PM

Dillon DeWitt

Dillon DeWitt

I have to say Skyfall. Not fail. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Although I respect your opinion, I much prefer annnnnnnnnnnnny of the Daniel Craig Bonds to the previous installments.

Nov 12 - 09:47 PM

Tj Swafford

Tj Swafford

"I was expecting to see 5 gallon paint cans hit people in the face."...this was such a funny observation.

Nov 12 - 09:22 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

Colin,

Hey, thanks for the op-ed! This is how I felt about Prometheus, with the logical flaws and all affecting the overall viewing experience. Given that it it was a piece science-fiction, I tend to be a bit more logical when viewing.

That being said, however, I see no reason to be so overly critical of Skyfall. Unlike Prometheus (Or Dark Knight Rises, for that matter), I don't think the movie logic here is so overly important so as to point out minor flaws with it; honestly the only place I see you might have a point is the "home alone" portion at Skyfall, but even I was content just to watch the action.

I don't know what you have against Javier Bardem's character or the nerdy Q; everyone in the theater gasp and smiled when they saw the throwback Aston Martin. As for the shower scene ... dude, that's how Bond rolls, that what he does. Admittedly, the girl does go out pretty quick, but the same happened in Casino Royale. Willing suspension of disbelief with the Komodo Dragons? (I thought they were cool!) "for 5 mins bond..." -- I'm sorry this isn't Transformers and you need action every three seconds. I don't know why you wanted paint cans to hit people, this is James Bond, not Home Alone.

That is all

Best,

Zach

Nov 12 - 09:20 PM

candbmanagerhoniley

Adrian Forrest

As bond films go i thought it was bloody good! It wasn't your normal (pre Craig) Bond movie but by now we should have expected that. They have a darker tone to them. The action was great, the story was good, the bad guy (heath ledger style) was brilliant. Job well done and eagerly looking forward to the next one....which i fear will return to a more normal Bond format!

As for him being Scottish...His dad was Scottish therefore making him half-scot (this was mentioned in On Her Majesty Secret Service) so its not really new.

Taking another shot with 29 bullets left....you dont just point and shoot with those things, moving train, two people fighting, come on give the woman a break!

Komodo dragons....its a movie!!

Why should they mention Quantum again??

Cracking movie....no i dont work for MGM, EON, Mr Craig or anyone related to the film....(well not that i know of)

Nov 12 - 08:37 PM

Himanshu Pant

Himanshu Pant

I am not agree.
This movie is the best bond movie yet.
Everything is perfect in this movie.

Nov 12 - 05:49 PM

Andrew M.

Andrew M

You must live under a rock

Nov 12 - 06:13 PM

Tj Swafford

Tj Swafford

...and Komodo dragons don't kill large prey by ripping them to shreds like they did in this movie...the prey usually dies from the poisonous, bacteria-filled bite from the lizards mouth...which may take days.

Nov 12 - 04:53 PM

Tj Swafford

Tj Swafford

I so agree with every word of this review.

Nov 12 - 04:48 PM

ram b.

ram bond

this movie isn't weak by any means, but simply, the ending should have been more astounding in it's grandeur, it lacked the grandeur of for example: goldeneye, or casino royale, but all other aspects were good

Nov 12 - 01:42 PM

Maxi McFly

Maxi McFly

The didn't say anything about Quantum... That's all. SKYFAIL

Nov 12 - 12:45 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

Whoahw!! You appear to be a huge Bond fan, by the way you analized this. Well, most of the things you say I could identify: so yes, the movie is a little dumb... but all Bond movies and most action movies tend to be a little dumb. I don't know, I thought it was very well made, with a competent script and an interesting story. I never took it for a masterpiece, though.

Nov 12 - 11:53 AM

Alan Yaverbaum

Alan Yaverbaum

total fail - Im a huge bond fan and I feel let down by this. Im sorry it was ever made

Nov 12 - 09:26 AM

Andrew M.

Andrew M

Harry and Marv should have been the Bond villain

Nov 12 - 09:16 AM

Colin Vance

Colin Vance

lol

Nov 13 - 12:30 AM

Charlie Webb

Charlie Webb

It was Good, although I don't understand why he has to be Scottish now? Also why didn't the gameskeeper look after him as a child? Albert Finney armed to the teeth would have been a wonderful role model for a young orphan and lets face it he couldn't have done a worse job than whoever did raise him (alcoholic, sex addicted sociopath with no friends)

Nov 12 - 03:32 AM

Mike S.

Mike San



Bond was always Scottish . .. because in appreciation of Connery, Ian Fleming made Bond Scottish in one of the last books he wrote!

It was not until the penultimate novel, You Only Live Twice, that Fleming gave Bond a sense of family background. The book was the first to be written after the release of Dr. No in cinemas and Sean Connery's depiction of Bond affected Fleming's interpretation of the character, to give Bond both a sense of humour and Scottish antecedents that were not present in the previous stories. In a fictional obituary, purportedly published in The Times, Bond's parents were given as Andrew Bond, from the village of Glencoe, Scotland, and Monique Delacroix, from the canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

Jan 27 - 09:29 PM

j filmgower

Jon Filmgower

This really was a waste of money. The whole audience in my theatre was expressing their disappointment as they left

Nov 12 - 03:10 AM

Alex Jeffrey

Alex Jeffrey

I disagree... a lot....

Nov 13 - 07:31 AM

Joseph Ducey

Joseph Ducey

i agree. iam not sure what movie these other people who loved it where watching.the only logical explanation is that there are 2 distinct skyfall movie reels in circulation. the one i watched was so bad,i walked out,and i never walk out on a movie. the plot characters and even the action was week. this was more the watching "The English Patient" than "James Bond"

Nov 12 - 02:54 AM

Colin Vance

Colin Vance

having 2 reels of the same movie would make sense. Because I can't remember any movie that has been more love it or hate it then this movie.

Nov 12 - 04:54 AM

Thaddeus Venture

Thaddeus Venture

This isn't "love it or hate it" lol. Almost everyone loves it, except you and a handful of others.

Nov 12 - 01:52 PM

Tj Swafford

Tj Swafford

let me guess...you worked on this movie somehow...maybe as an "extra cast" handler or you worked the deli trays for the cast and crew?

Nov 12 - 04:50 PM

Dillon DeWitt

Dillon DeWitt

Your spelling is really bad Joseph. But you still have a right to totally bash a film that you obviously could have made so much better had you been involved. Lol.

Nov 12 - 09:48 PM

Braam H.

Braam Hollenbakker

If a bridge collapses, people who aren't engineers themselves have the right to bash the engineer responsible for the bridge, whether or not they would have been able to design a better bridge themselves. A director's/writer's job is to make a good film. It's not my job, I'm an architectural technologist. I pay for his product and can criticise it if it sucks. Likewise the director can criticise me if water leaks into a building I worked on.

Dec 22 - 05:21 PM

Dillon DeWitt

Dillon DeWitt

And Tj. I have yet to see you have a valid complaint about the movie. It's like Colin Vance has another profile he uses to agree with his own pretentious statements.

Nov 12 - 09:50 PM

Colin Vance

Colin Vance

update**** and when Naomie Harris character accidentally shoots Bond. She just watches the bad guy go in the tunnel. You have 29 rounds left why would you not shoot again? at least try

Nov 12 - 02:33 AM

Ryan Babcock

Ryan Babcock

Dramatic effect, shock of shooting her partner and I'm guessing it takes a bit of time to drastically adjust the aim of a sniper from that particular range.

Jan 24 - 07:36 PM

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