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'Skyfall’ Crashes and Burns

Craig.  Daniel Craig.  He’s on my Top 20 Favorite Movie Actors list of all-time.  I also think Craig and Sean Connery remain the two best at playing 007’s James Bond.  Both of them have very distinct styles in which neither is better, just different.  And equally effective with a Walther PPK 9mm. 

In Skyfall, Craig’s James Bond performs as well as can be expected with a weak story that left me wanting to point my red laser scope on the target silhouettes of director Sam Mendes and writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.  Oh bloody hell, in Bond flicks I want clever and witty...and in Skyfall I saw bland and nonchalant.  

The movie starts off on shaky rail tracks with the introduction of a new 00 Agent, Eve.  Who was the last MI6 agent that Bond had to assist in driving or that needed to ask permission from the Secret Intelligence Service leadership to take a shot?  Exactly.

It wasn’t until after halftime in this rather long movie (2 hrs, 23 min) did the plot finally begin to show emotion and put points on the scoreboard.  But it was too late.  Skyfall’s main villain, Raoul Silva, is played quite nicely by Javier Bardem and the fallback to Bond’s childhood location in Scotland in the last act provided the film with some of its most watchable moments.

Unfortunately, the only real Bond Girl with any screen time turned out to be MI6’s own Judi Dench as “M”.  Ugh.  The movie did not invest in or develop the characters enough for viewers to care about.  Casino Royale remains the high water mark for Craig; but perhaps most surprising is that Skyfall failed to even rise to the level of the lackluster Quantum of Solace.  Her Majesty and moviegoers deserve better.  Grade: C.  

Skyfall is Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking.


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