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Skyfall.

So I went with dad to see Skyfall today. Spoilery thoughts below.

So, I wasn't terribly impressed. This is the first Daniel Craig Bond movie I've seen and the first Bond, period, in a very long time, so I didn't have a huge emotional connection to any of the characters. I thought the story structure was a little off, and it seemed like the story didn't really hit its stride until about 2/3 through.

I liked the motorcycle chase in Turkey. I liked that Mallory ended up not being a huge ass. I liked the bit of history about Bond's childhood, going back to his childhood home and all. I liked the Home Alone prepping for the bad guys. Unfortunately, the main bad guy was such a scene-chewer. Seriously, he came across like a Bond villain in a Saturday Night Live skit about Bond villains, complete with bad wig. (Maybe it wasn't a wig. It looked like a bad wig.)

I think the thing that bugged me the most was the use of women in the movie. Now, anyone who knows me know I don't identify as a feminist or anything like that, and that Bond is expected to be a "ladies man", but I thought it was kind of egregious.

First, in terms of storytelling, we see Bond get shot and fall hundreds of feet into the water and down a waterfall... then we get the Acid Trip Credits and next thing he knows, he's banging some random woman who doesn't have a name and is never mentioned again. Yeah, fine.

Then we have the Nameless Female Agent (at least I never heard her given even a first name until the end of the movie... more on that later) who doesn't know how to drive and, when told to risk shooting Bond in order to shoot the bad guy, shoots Bond but completely misses the bad guy, and naturally has to come regain his trust or something in that stupid shaving scene, and did she actually do anything in Macau? Oh wait, I think she walked around in a cute dress and then hit a guy after Bond and the Gila monsters took care of the rest of them. Now, I understand why they held back on giving her a name until the end - even I have heard of Miss Moneypenny - but they immediately lost points by making her... what? The new M's secretary? FAIL.

I thought the saddest bit was the whole plotline with Sévérine (I had to use Wiki to find her name because I didn't remember them mentioning it, either). Once again, she's a sexy gal, so of course Bond needs to sleep with her. And then when she dies... I swear, Bond seemed to get more pissed off when Silva blew up his car in Scotland.

I think the only thing that surprised me was that Bond didn't also end up sleeping with Eve, but I guess they need to save something for the sequel.

For some reason the lj-cut function isn't working... at least not for me. The link works, though.
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So, completely off-topic, your cut-text has answered an idle question of mine, which is "Is her name Alli Snow or All Is Now"?

I can't imagine coming into this movie without having seen Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, as the two do make up a cornerstone/somewhat explain Bond's non-reaction to Severine's death (she introduces herself while they're having a drink, but Eve's name is never said until the end). I agree with you, for the most part. It was a pretty film because they spent a lot of money on it and they clearly know how to make movies, but M aside, I found it emotionally lacking. I think they had Daniel Craig play Bond just a little too close-mouthed.

That said, I went to see the movie with my parents (Dad is a Bond nerd) and I learned all sorts of Bond things because they giggled at things most of the audience didn't understand. And it had Ben Whishaw in it, so I was swooning a little bit.
So, completely off-topic, your cut-text has answered an idle question of mine, which is "Is her name Alli Snow or All Is Now"?

Well I'm glad that's worked out ;) Seriously, though, I really don't care what people call me, but my first name is Allison, so there's that :)

I can't imagine coming into this movie without having seen Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, as the two do make up a cornerstone/somewhat explain Bond's non-reaction to Severine's death

Ahh. I guess it's good to know there's a reason :)

And it had Ben Whishaw in it, so I was swooning a little bit.

I did like that too :)
And you are apparently a czar of salmon. You'll have to tell me the story of that someday. I hope it involves a backstabbing trout.

I think Ben Whishaw's hair actually deserved its own credit for the film, by the way.
I am many things. I am actually quite mysterious that way.

(It's a political thing. I think it was Kerry back in 2004 saying he was going to appoint a special czar to look into the nation's pressing salmon crisis, and it just struck me as so hilarious that I decided if anyone was going to be the Salmon Czar it would be me.)

I think Ben Whishaw's hair actually deserved its own credit for the film, by the way.

Absolutely. I would also lobby for a credits mention to That Very Uncomfortable Scene Between Bond and Silva.
The womanizing thing -- a trifle too old school Bond, maybe, but...:shrugs: I'm a Connery-as-Bond gal, so kinda expect it. ;)

And I think back when Connery was Bond, maybe these things were looked at a little different? Personally as someone who's essentially a 'first time viewer' it doesn't make me want to 'tune in' again. I think if Eve had been more kick-ass and less 'oh, Mr. Bond, I'm here to be helpful in ANY way including shaving you while you're half naked...' *shrugs*
Was it just me, or did it seem like it stole a lot of crap from Bourne Legacy? lol Like the motorcycle thing, and then the water... I kept comparing it and it came up short. lol

Also the bad guy? CREEPTASTIC... he gave me nightmares....
I kept comparing it and it came up short.

Of course it did... it was Rennerless.

Also the bad guy? CREEPTASTIC... he gave me nightmares....

Saturday Night Live generally gives me nightmares too, although for different reasons ;)
NEEDS MOAR RENNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bwhaha, d'awwww... poor thing! I rarely watch SNL since it's mostly not funny, but every once in a while it does something slightly clever. It used to be funny though...