December 25, 2012
Skyfall not Skiffle:Jamais(Vu)Bond: Well-crafted for Old People Who Saw 50 Year Genre: the Old is New &Vice Versa
DESIGNED Post-modern:old(DB5,Walther,Shaken-Not-Stirred, tunnels/ruins);something new(computers,New-Q,newHQ)&the jamais vu-the familar in new guise('old'HQ,Moneypenny,Waltherw/twist);&something differently camouflaged,labyrinth of a movie unsnakes&we are inside the snake.SKYFALL:formal poetry artfullywrapped.Uses past Bond tchatchkis,declaring(in every scene)'old things work well, casting doubt about their efficacy.SKFL is an astute study on how to make film story,w/visual refrains as well as dialogue.Several scenes/characters reflect in/on mirrors,not only themselves, but the actions of others.Pivotal scene:hall of mirrors-effect portends danger ahead w/profuse confusion of the real/unreal.With reflections come reversals&reversals abound:orphan/'adoptive'-parent, death/resurrection; origin/obliteration&(spoiler alert)Michelangelo 'Pieta scene:mortally wounded&lifegiver trade places& Bardem/Bond 'twins?of same (M)other.SKFL,noir key to future shadows&distortions,(n) dark JB pared down.
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