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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Geoff, Jun 10, 2011.
I think you'll regret not making time to see it in theatres.
Dark knight rises. Thought it was pretty bad.
Just came back from watching Skyfall. I enjoyed it. Slightly mixed on it though. See my thoughts below...
It's no secret that I love Casino Royale. It is one of my all-time favourite movies. Perfectly modernized and relaunched the Bond franchise. Stripped it down to its bare essentials with sprinklings of Bondness and hints of things to come throughout without being outlandish. No plot to rebuild civilization under the sea, no trip to Moon colonies, no voodoo, no invisible cars, no crazy villains. Back to basics.
Then came Quantum of Solace which was...misguided. An unnecessary side story of a sequel that carries a plotline from Casino Royale that had already wrapped up there. In CR007, Bond falls in love. Not a fling with a ditzy Bond girl. He wants to retire and spend the rest of his life with her. The movie ends with Vesper both betraying Bond and her death at his failed rescue. Which led to a Bond in QoS007 who was confused and, quite frankly, depressed. It was odd. They also further peeled away the Bond elements turning it into a Jason Bourne rip-off. Mix in a boring plot (a water shortage in Bolivia? Really? Really!?), a forgettable villain (an oil man), the worst Bond song in the entire franchise, and some general preteniousness (I think the director put in more thought to the fancy fonts he used on the esablishing shots of new locales that he did most of the movie) and you have just a bad movie. The first movie ends with Bond becoming Bond, but in this movie he isn't Bond at all. A big fall from the amazingness that was CR007.
Skyfall showed promise. I was optimistic. It has a lot going for it. And, it is really great. But, even with having more Bond elements than CR007 did (we finally now have a Q! And Moneypenny! And Bond's Aston Martin. And Bond gets his PPK gun. Oh and a gunbarrel sequence. A great Bond song by Adele. A good Bond villain), it somehow doesn't feel like Bond at times. Well, it did a much much better job than QoS007. But it plays out more like an action movie than a spy movie. Which is wrong. Also it takes a great deal of inspiration from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (unsettling so at times), and oddly at one point it felt like Home Alone too XD But rarely does it feel like Bond in the third act of the movie. Visually, it was beautiful. Fantastic cinematrography. The plot was good too. Glad to see that the screenwriter will be writing the next two movies as well. Good choice. It was also funny at times. The first two acts? Pure Bond. Would be nice to have a car chase in there though. The third act? A bit of mess.
I did enjoy the movie. It is one of the stronger ones. But it pales in comparison to the perfection of Casino Royale.
(Oh. Also please bring David Arnold back for the next movie. Maybe this would have felt more like a Bond movie if it had an actual Bond score besides the main theme)
I agree with pretty much everything you said. But as per which film is better, it really is like the Nolan Batman films. Batman Begins is the better Batman film while The Dark Knight is just a better film overall. The same can be said here. Skyfall is the better Bond film while Casino Royale is just a better film overall.
True. Skyfall is more like "Bond-by-the-numbers" (done exceedingly well). Everything that should be there, is there (except a car chase). But, the vibe was off at times. Bond was a lot more of a "blunt instrument" (as M describes him in Casino Royale) here. Not...Bond-cool.
Saw Unknown earlier today, was very good. The plot twist kinda surprised me.
Plus, it has Liam Neeson in it...
I had a terrific double feature for an in-flight movie at the end of December.
Got to see both Goldfinger 007 and Ghostbusters
I saw Django Unchained on Saturday. Definitely had the Tarantino flair, which is definitely not a bad thing. Story was good, characters were cool, soundtrack was interesting. Doctor Schultz was awesome.
Saw Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" at the movies earlier this week. Hadn't seen it before, sadly. Knew of it.
Enjoyed it. It was good.
Got a few more classic movies to check out the movie theatre in the next month or so. Looking forward to it
Watched The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring tonight. It was my first time seeing the extended edition and it was good. I'm high on painkillers so my roommates and I talked and made fun of the whole thing but it was a lot of fun and we're really excited to watch the next two.
We're also gonna go see The Hobbit in HFR either tomorrow or sometime during the week... although this may be a HORRIBLE idea if I'm high, haha. ;_;'