Written August 27, 2016
Worth every nickel. IMAX – worth the additional cost.
The opening credits were really unique and I really liked them. Action scenes were wicked - made me squirm in my seat. Characters were excellent and well developed – villains and heroes. Even the story - the plot - was good; probably the best story of the series. I can’t wait for the next story to arrive.
There was a preview for Hansel and Gretel that was very gory - not for little kids (or really anyone for that matter). There were a couple of curse-words (f-bomb makes its first series appearance), but nothing gratuitous. At nearly 2:30:00, it is on the edge of long – so if you’re a frequent visitor to the restroom, you may want to skip the large soda or water.
I may go see it again - after Lincoln, of course.
Written February 09, 2016
The new Bond commemorates 50 years of Bond films, and what a way to celebrate. Borrowing from old and bringing in new, Bond is at his most bold and gripping. This film also proves without a doubt that James Bond isn't going anywhere.There's really a lot to love here, for the more seasoned Bond fan there's a lot of lore and pretty things to look at, for the newer fans of the franchise, Bond proves he can keep up with the new kids, and at times outpace them. A quick word on the villain Javier Bardem, wasn't anything like what I was expecting but I am not disappointed in the slightest, creepy, off putting, funny at times, and even relatable. This really is one of the best Bond's ever and I highly suggest everyone go see it.
Written May 05, 2016
Skyfall strips the James Bond franchise down to it's essentials, with affectionate nods to past adventures along the way (the Walther PPK, the Aston Martin, Q and Moneypenny). But rather than simply wallow in nostalgia, the movie also reshapes Bond to truly fit the modern age; something Casino Royale began, but more in set dressing (the use of cellphones and computers) than actual story line. Gone are over the top supervillains with outlandish fortresses in space or stroking their cats in hallowed out volcanoes. Today's threats are more internal and tenacious (a rogue agent who seeks revenge through cyberterrorism and is not hellbent on ruling the world so much as turning it upside down). A recently injured Bond also must rediscover essential truths about himself in order to regain full confidence. It's also one hell of a ride, too! This may very well be the most personal Bond movie; but it's not a soap opera by any means. One of the best Bonds in years.
Written July 31, 2015
I really enjoyed the latest installment of the Bond films. Much more a character-based drama than previous Bond films have been, and it is not short on action either.
Great tributes/nods to previous films in the franchise and a fabulous introduction to old covers (Q, among others)!
The movie has a great pacing, shown by the feeling that it ends too quickly, even though you spent 2.5 hours watching the screen.
Written May 16, 2013
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