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Just seen : SKYFALL

Posted by Daltons chin dimple on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Holy shitfuck!! Bloody hell, it's good.

Will write a full review when I have had a chance to think about it and have time to do it justice.

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 Ok.

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Write it, clean it up, and send it to Patrick. I'm sure he'd love to front-page an early review of it--and from one of the world's biggest Bond fans, no less.

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Posted: 8 years 51 weeks ago

Glad to hear it, but I still have to wait two weeks, dammit. 

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Posted: 8 years 51 weeks ago

Is there a Canadian villain in the movie?

'Cause you know I'd be digging that scene.

Daltons chin dimple
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Review written.  What's Pat's e-mail addy these days, rather than submit it as a scoop??

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There's a contact button at the bottom of the page. I can't tell you if it works, though.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Pinged the master a note and submitted a scoop.

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I tried to view your scoop, but it said I wasn't authorized. So I tried viewing your scoop from a year ago, and it waid I wasn't authorized to for that one either. So then I tried to view your scoop from 2009, and it let me see that one. I guess once a scoop is 3 years old, then the rest of us peons can finally get a glimpse?

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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So this is Bond's third mission and he's already too old and beat up? Please tell me they don't play that up in the film. It will be annoying. They did the same with Nolan's Batman. He fought like 2 people and all the sudden his knees had no cartilage. What a puss.

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Not quite Hicks.  This isn't his 3rd mission.  This is his 3rd "Televised" mission.  The inference is clear from this, and all other Bond films, that he goes off on other missions between films.  So if time is real and linear in these films then he has been a double-oh for at least 7 years.

Secondly, Bond is in a physical and mental state at the beginning of the film.  But that is primarily because he gets fucked up at the beginning, as per the trailers..... plus quite a bit more before that, and then also spends time out of the game.  Allow me to cut and paste from my review:

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I think some of the reviews I have read have misunderstood some of the themes on display in this film.  With Bond only getting his 00-status in Casino Royale they have an issue with Bond’s physical condition and relevance being questioned so soon, as per GoldenEye.

 

Bond’s mental and physical state is a central theme in this film, but that is in response to the events at the beginning of this film.  The challenge is not to Bond personally, but to the whole way in which espionage is run and the realm defended in this day and age of cyber terrorism and hidden enemies lurking in the shadows instead of knowing which nations were your enemy like the old days.  There are those that see both M and Bond as too “Old-Skool”.

 

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In short Hicks, the challenge from the politicos is that if a bunch of people with computers and access to the internet can cause this much damage, is a bunch of people running about with guns, and leadership that puts their faith in said bunch of people with guns, the best way to fight them?

 

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Old people are funny.  Especially when they fall down.

They make funny noises and smell weird too!

The Swollen Goi...
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 Also, their hips are made of some easy-to-crumble, cornbread-like substance.

Quasar
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Goits eats his old people cornbready hips with ketchup and a pickel on the side.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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I'd rather that condiment be mayonnaise, mustard, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce.

I rarely touch the ketchup.

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Pat's probably working every hour under the sun, then being a father for every hour under the moon so maybe I should post the review here.

Or maybe he just thinks it is shit and won't sully his website with it!

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I am going to try and remain as spoiler-free as possible and not discuss anything that hasn’t already been revealed in teasers, trailers, cast interviews.  I will also avoid mentioning anything that would take away your enjoyment if the film.

Let me say straight off that I could see this movie being divisive.

 

I think people will either love it or hate it.  I don’t think many people will come out in the middle.

 

The reviewers in the press are talking about this being “Best Bond Ever!” but I think some people expecting a wildly different Bond (in character and modus operandi) to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace will be disappointed.

 

If you like Craig in the role and enjoy the new direction the franchise has taken since Casino Royale in 2006 then this will be right up your alley.  If you long for a return to the suave of Brosnan or, even beyond that, Moore’s light-hearted approach, then you are unlikely to enjoy this.

 

Whilst this film contains a level of humour some have felt lacking from the franchise recently, reintroduces an element of the camp & grotesque to a villain and takes care to finish with a large number of familiar Bond staples in place, this is still Craig’s Bond.  To me, it clearly signals the end of this “Bond Begins” cycle. His origin is now told and the world around him established however this Bond will still clearly make mistakes, reflect a lot of the characteristics from Fleming’s novels and most importantly bleed……  a lot!

 

The film opens, as with all of Craig’s movies, with no gunbarrel / iris and throws you directly into an ‘in-flight’ mission to retrieve a hard drive that has been stolen from a laptop in an MI6 safehouse in Istanbul leaving a lot of dead (and not so dead) bodies in it’s place.

 

The pre-title sequence is a triumph because it is large, spectacular and over the top but manages to remain brutal, bruising and realistic (within reason…. well this is 007!) at the same time.  Craig is superb as a pissed off rottweiler of a field operative refusing to be beaten despite the sheer number of times it looks as if the thief of the hard drive has escaped.  The ante is continually being upped as the protagonists try to maintain the upper hand over each other in, on and over various forms of transport.

 

As you know from the trailers and other publicity, this doesn’t end to well for 007 and segues into Daniel Kleinman’s opening title sequence.  Like all Bond themes, Adele’s song is much better over the titles than when played on the radio.  The titles themselves are a mixed bag with some amazing imagery and clever ideas however theme and style wise they are a mix of Kleinman’s previous efforts from GoldenEye with the clever and highly different Casino Royale style.  As a result they seem a bit confused and, at times, too cartoony.

 

The events of the pre-title sequence feed directly into the main-plot and set the stage for a pretty grim time for MI6 and in particular M, as something she did in her past drives a villain with a complete obsession for getting even with her.  With oversight breathing down her neck in the form of Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, the man from the Cabinet office with a direct line to the Prime Minister.  Add to this a hostile board of enquiry into her handling of events.  Even then she refuses to back down and has to take a risk with the preparedness of her most trusted agent when a blatant and very public attack directly on MI6 drives him back into action from his self-imposed exile straight into a game of cat-and-mouse with a villain who is always one step ahead of them.  They are forced to react every step of the way.  The hard drive is simply the start with the villain constantly ramping up the pressure even when seemingly beaten.

 

I think some of the reviews I have read have misunderstood some of the themes on display in this film.  With Bond only getting his 00-status in Casino Royale they have an issue with Bond’s physical condition and relevance being questioned so soon, as per GoldenEye.

 

Bond’s mental and physical state is a central theme in this film, but that is in response to the events at the beginning of this film.  The challenge is not to Bond personally, but to the whole way in which espionage is run and the realm defended.  In this day and age of cyber terrorism and hidden enemies lurking in the shadows instead of knowing which nations were your enemy like the old days, there are those that see both M and Bond as too “Old-Skool”.

 

The challenge back is that, even in this age of Wikileaks and oversight and transparancy and boards of enquiry, isn't it more important to be safe? 

 

One of my favourite moments is a nice exchange between Bond and new Q when Q grudgingly admits that sometimes it is still necessary to have somebody to pull the trigger, despite the fact that he can do more damage in 10 minutes with his laptop than Bond can in years with a gun.  Bond’s icy response is that knowing when NOT to pull the trigger is equally important.

 

Also central is the relationship between Bond and M.

 

Make no mistake, there is only one ‘Bond girl’ in this movie and it’s Judi Dench as M.  She gets masses of screen time, some great lines and does her usual excellent job.  She also has a highly unexpected (especially in a 12A certificate) use of the F-word delivered perfectly.  Apparently the BBFC have something internally that they refer to as the “Dench Factor” which is that they get twice as many complaints about swearing in films when Judi Dench does it!!   

 

Bardem is clearly having an absolute blast in this and manages to be chilling, outrageous and camp all at the same time but never coming across as anything less than deadly, with menace even in his deliberately not-very ambiguous sexuality.  He also requires no henchman character – a Jaws or an Oddjob – because he fulfils both that role and the primary villain role in one sitting!  His single, long, continuous entrance shot with his monologue on rats is excellent.

 

Another highlight for me is some of the gentle references to 007s back story without them being too blatant.  If you have read Pearson’s Unauthorised Biography or any of Charlie Higson’s excellent “Young Bond” adventures you will pick out some nice touches.  If you are not that familiar with the man who would be Bond, then it doesn’t matter and is certainly not in your face like, for instance, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

 

Albert Finney appears towards the end in a role that I could stand to see repeated in coming movies, primarily due to some great lines.  It is clear that Her Majesty’s finest operative is not used to be addressed with comments like “Just you try and stop me, you jumped up little shit!”

 

You can’t talk about this film without mentioning the cinematography.  Roger Deakins work is absolutely flawless and complements the tone of the film perfectly.  It really is very noticeable.  One highlight for me is Bond stalking an assassin through the deserted upper-floors of a Shanghai office building with the shifting neon lights and patterns reflecting off the multitude of glass surfaces to create shadows and hiding places that are constantly moving.  This culminates in a bruising fist-fight in profile only.  The movie has plenty of moments like that, where it is clear that a master is at work.

 

Even though this film is far less of a travelogue than previous films, with a lot of the action taking place in London and Scotland, Deakins choices really help nail a great look and feel.

 

Thomas Newman’s score is also nicely different from David Arnold’s work without it being distracting (e.g. Serra in GoldenEye or the disco Conti styling of For Your Eyes Only).

 

So is this the “Best Bond Ever” ?  Definitely top 10.  Probably top 5.  Possibly top 3.  How high you place it on your own lists depends on what elements of Bond you enjoy and which ones you can leave.

 

It also depends how seriously you take continuity in the Bond universe.  If Blofield & Bond not recognising each other in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ despite having met in the last movie, ‘You Only Live Twice’ has bothered you then there are a couple of things in this movie that will bug you.

 

To frame this, I love Casino Royale and think Quantum of Solace, whilst far from perfect, is undeserving of a lot of the flack it gets.  So I loved this film and can’t wait to see it again.  My Mum & Dad had their first date to see “Dr No” in Leicester Square in London so I took them with me to see this and they both enjoyed it but my mum thought it was too violent.  Another person who accompanied me moaned about the lack of a proper villain’s lair but liked the fact that killer animals make a welcome return.  So you can see where the division lines form.

 

I will be seeing it again and buying the BluRay.

 

One thing is for sure though, until I watched this film I personally NEVER thought I would have a tear in my eye come the end of a Bond film.

 

 

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Coming Attractions has an early review of the new Bond film! I expect to see advertising everywhere!

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Nice job Dalty!  Just enough to make me want to see it even more (like THAT could even happen), but no spoilers.  Well done, sir, well done.

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 Why thank you, kind sir!

I am a little giddy from having my review on the home-page of CA!!!  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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 Mark Kermode is one of my favourite film critics and I get the Kermode & Mayo podcast religiously every week.  I highly recommend you all do the same via iTunes.  Here is his non-spoiler review of Skyfall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu_SCwh8ers

PS- his Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean : Stranger Tides rants are excellent and well worth looking up.

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 Also, our very own (or ex-very own) Adam has had some name checks and messages on this radio show.

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Adam unfriended me on FB, so now he is my mortal enemy!

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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He is too busy being Mitt Romney's mortal enemy to be concerned with that.

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Thanks for the link Dalty.  I rather enjoyed that.

4 days and counting!

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2 more days!

Although, my wife is making me wait until at least Saturday to go see it because she wants to see it too.  Something about our children needing to have a babysitter.  I offered to go screen it first with our neighbor on Friday night and then go see it with her on Saturday.

That was not well received.

Turn your head and cough!