I feel that I must preface my ‘Skyfall’ review with my personal opinion of the James Bond franchise so that you know where I’m coming from. If you’re a die-hard Bond fan, then it’s more than likely that you’ll disagree with every word I say. Just remember that I’m picking on the series and ‘Skyfall’, not you and your opinion of 007.
I love both ‘Casino Royale‘ and ‘Quantum of Solace‘. I see them as one big movie that tells the deep and unpredictable origins of James Bond. With the same leading man, I expected ‘Skyfall’ to follow the same rebooted formula of those two. With that in mind, nobody wanted to love ‘Skyfall’ more than I did, which is what makes it the biggest disappointment of the year. ‘Skyfall’ doesn’t follow through with the good things that the last couple of Bond movies had going.
I understand that many long-time Bond fans have had their gripes with the Daniel Craig 007 series thus far (more so with ‘Quantum’ than ‘Casino’), but I haven’t. In fact, I’ve enjoyed the last two more than any of the 20 titles released before them, with the exception maybe being ‘GoldenEye‘. I don’t mean to insult any of you or your love for Bondage (I have my own baggage to deal with), but I believe that Bond had been modernized and made human (albeit a brutal human) in a way that none of the old films did. The corny unrealistic fluff that I don’t like from the old films had been drastically trimmed down. Everything that I didn’t love was made better through the Daniel Craig reboot, until now. As if The Powers That Be behind the franchise want to apologize to the old fans that haven’t enjoyed Craig’s stint so far, ‘Skyfall’ slips back into the nearly brainless mode that most of the previous 20 films functioned on. I’m not saying that old Bond is awful, because it’s not. They’re popcorn movies. But for me, ‘Casino’ and ‘Quantum’ took the franchise to a new level, a level that The Powers That Be now deem too highbrow for the average Bond fan.
Because my hatred for ‘Skyfall’ is along the lines of Josh Zyber’s loathing of ‘Prometheus’, we decided to keep this review spoiler free and post all of my nitpicky complaints for a no-holds-barred opinion post that will run on Monday. For now, suffice it to say that the movie’s nearly two-and-a-half hour runtime is unwarranted.
Everything that Daniel Craig’s series had going for it is undone here. As if to say, “Sorry for the last two,” ‘Skyfall’ features female characters with stupid names, one-liners and all of the other lame elements that ‘Casino’ and ‘Quantum’ removed. And just like a bunch of the other 20 Bond flicks, ‘Skyfall’ takes the franchise to the forgettable and formulaic standard that, personally, requires me to be ignorant to good filmmaking to enjoy. I don’t want to have to shut off my brain to enjoy a Bond flick because I didn’t have to with ‘Casino’ and ‘Quantum’, but that’s what ‘Skyfall’ would require of me – and I’m not willing to settle for that.