Written November 10, 2012
The pro reviews of Skyfall set my expectations on 'High', though, in my view, it did not live up. I thought it was better than Quantum of Solace, but not nearly as good as Casino Royale, which still remains the gold standard of Daniel Craig (and perhaps all) James Bond Movies.
The movie seemed disjointed and almost incoherent at times -- particularly on the boat ride to Silva's island lair. As a result, I was not really able to engage in the movie and care much about the people the movie wants me to care about. I think this is the essential difference between Casino Royale and the other Daniel Craig Bond films. The people in Casino were real. In the other films, they're pretty much just plastic action figures.
Having said that, I thought Javier Bardem's performance was quite remarkable and worth the price of admission. Bérénice Marlohe's also did a lot with a small part.
Written November 11, 2012
From the opening score to the final scene, the mood and scenery was dark and at times, surreal. This was not your typical Bond film. It was very physical and fast-paced. The opening scene had all the action familiar to the one in Casino Royale. The plot was somewhat predictable and two dimensional yet psychologically challenging which kept the viewer's attention. Javier Bardem gave an Oscar worthy performance with well written dialogue. The cinematogrophy was sensational and wardrobe was stunning. The continuity and depth of the action sequences throughout the film was its highlight which blended well with the storyline. The entire cast was superb including Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris and particularly Bérénice Marlohe who gave an emotionally charged performance. Daniel Craig has once again carried the film to a new level of thrilling action and cinematic sensation. Dark, cerebral and gritty, this Bond film unlike the others has an element of integrity and contemplation.
Written May 07, 2016
Skyfall is a good solid action flick, which I would give 3.5 out of 5 bottle of Stone IPA (sorry, my review, so my rating criteria). The story flowed along very well, with good action / chase / fight scenes, but I felt like I was watching Independence Day when the Q made his blunder. Really, the writers cannot come up with a better angle than that?
Also, still not sold on the "new bond" character. Hey I am an old guy and loved the Bonds who were suave, smart and physical. Daniel's character seems to have trouble staying ahead of the villains, following M blindly through most of the movies. Argh! I miss the bond who would only lose in cards when he wanted to.
Written January 29, 2015
I don't understand the hype surrounding this movie. The opening sequence sucked (it was basically the Mission Impossible top of train sequence), the plot was terrible, the character's actions were completely irrational, and there were so many illogical "coincidences" that I wanted to puke. Yes, it's a movie, but with a big-budget movie I want the plot and the characters' actions to make at least a little bit of sense. Why the HELL would he go to Skyfall when he has an entire army back in London? Hey, let's ditch the army and our weapons, and go hide out in a farm house with two senior citizens and a weaponless Bond. AND let's tell the bad guy where to find us. Not only that, but let's use a flashlight to guide us in the middle of the night in plain view of the bad guys when there's a house fire lighting up everything from here to London. Brilliant. Then, when we get shot, let's stand up against the bad guy and die five seconds after he's disposed of. Great timing! Dumb movie.
Written May 30, 2016
Fascinating Bond movie which they showed and hinted many other themes from other Bond movies. Also, they actually showed more history about who and where Bond came from. It look like the franchise is about to start a whole new series and they might get very serious about it. Bardem as always makes an intriguing bad guy which he plays a bisexual-transgender man! Lastly, they didn't show much on the Bond women especially when I know one of them! But I' am glad to see it is getting great views and making a huge splash at the box office. I recommend seeing the movie especially if you are a Bond fan! I 'am not gong to say it but they bring out a special car that all Bond fans will cheer to see!