November 02, 2012

sky fall. – spoiler alert

I saw Skyfall this week. Was really looking forward to it ever since I read the interview with Daniel Craig in the Telegraph magazine a few weeks back (they do such good interviews). The interviewer was explaining how knackered  Craig looked in his cashmere jumper, and how his florescent blue eyes looked a bit dimly lit – he’d obviously been absolutely caning it during the shooting of the movie with no sleep and the constant practising for crazy stunts. He was explaining the exhaustive nature of having to do a stunt ‘whilst looking relaxed’. You know the ones, when he’s just survived a massive explosion but still has time to straighten his tie. 

I also saw the pictures from the Leicester Square Skyfall Premier where Craig looked pretty ill and a bit sweaty. His wife is leaning over him dabbing a tissue to his forehead and he’s trying not to look out of place in his clearly expensive suit. This to me, was an indicator of Craig having made an amazing film. Acting doesn’t look easy, and it this was a clear example of a film that took it completely out of someone. At the end of all the interviews I’ve read, Craig is clear in telling the interviewer that he’s going to take some time of out now. No more work for Craig for at least a year. (But what about the Girl with the dragon tattoo films? I digress). Judging from all the magazine appearances and crazy amount of sponsorship (Heineken as the main one) it’s obviously had to be in about 100 places at once for the past year.

So, with that being said – what did I make of the film, having had very high expectations?

On first thoughts, I had really enjoyed it. I came out of the cinema feeling high spirited and pleased I’d seen it. I then realised slowly afterwards that actually, I just was high on Bond. The Adele theme tune is amazing and the opening credits were very nostalgic. They’d gone down the old Bone route and done a very long creative opening sequence. Bond’s silhouette coming out of every gun barrel or eye pupil or what have you. It was quite over produced. But those seductive tones and old Bond poses were taking me back to the old films. Even the theme tune alone is really enough to make you get into the zone.

The main beef I had with the film was that the ‘baddie’ wasn’t believable (played by Javier Bardem). He had a strange emotion motive towards M. M had screwed him over in the past, as he used to be an agent and he now has a weird facial disfigurement. I get it, he was angry and apparently had a shitload of money. But he wasn’t like the usual Bond baddie who little to no motivation but just purely a bad character. He was also as camp as Christmas and pretty comical. He gets stabbed in the back (literally) in the death scene and he just rolls his eyes and falls dramatically to the floor. It’s like he could have just squirted some Tomato Ketchup on himself and keeled over – it was a pretty bad death scene and not even remotely believable in my opinion.

The opening scene was the best scene. It was what you’d expect from a Bond film, a drawn out, dramatic scene involving various types of transport (motorbikes, railways) and some ‘eek’ sections of nearly getting hit in the face whilst the train goes under the bridge. Yes, Bond gets killed but we already know he’s not really dead. But really, this was kind of the best bit of action during the film. The rest of the film was really simple. There were no twists, no red herrings, no dramatic irony, nothing. It was the baddie out to kill Bond and M and they run out around London for a bit, playing on the tubes. They then go back to Bond’s out house in Scotland and run around the house for a bit before it gets burned down. It was quite a lot of drawn out scenes where the viewer knows exactly what’s going to happen.

With that said – it was good. Maybe it’s my fault for having sky high expectations, and comparing it to the twists and turns of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It didn’t do it for me the way the other films did. 6/10

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