Lost in the Atwoods: A Skyfall Review
by Olivia Atwood on Friday, December 7th, 2012Skyfall. I thought it was a fabulous movie. Well, actually, I found the Adele song at the beginning and Daniel Craig’s eyes fabulous. Like, oh, my god, his eyes. So blue. In fact, every character had blindingly blue eyes. Even the sort of Asian Latino man with blonde hair and no teeth. That particular contact choice was a little off putting. But save the villain’s creepy blue eyes, the newest Bond movie delivers. I may not be a Bond girl, but I did think that the newest installment in the “Bond” series, despite implausibility and some annoying plot holes, is worth seeing.
Let me first talk about the opening of the film. The opening fight scene brought about a healthy dose of violence and action, throwing the viewer right into the center of the Bond life. It’s confusing and slightly shocking when the hero gets shot and plummets into the water from a 2000 foot cliff off the top of a train and the opening credits start to roll with the audience thinking Bond to be dead, but what better way to begin a movie than to have .007 himself die.
Yes, he lives. Yes, it’s not very realistic. But man is that action good, and I have to say, the artfully done opening credits, set to Adele’s song “Skyfall,” are breathtaking. I went to the film with Johanna Ebers (I) and Sage Warner (I), and our jaws dropped as the sequence played. With splitting screens, colors and vibrant effects, the whole opening makes the viewer gape, open mouthed, and wait for the movie to continue.
That said, I found the entire movie quite implausible. There is no way Bond could have possibly survive that opening. In addition, several other scenes made me roll my eyes and groan, like a few near misses. And my biggest problem overall is, when the villain is standing right there, why wait for dramatic effect before killing him? Why pause to talk? Just shoot the guy! Had the writers cast me as James Bond, mister bad guy would have died in like .2 seconds. Well, probably not. I would be hiding somewhere. I’m no Bond girl. My grandfather was also shouting about some weird oil fire gun thing he noticed that didn’t make sense, but I understood nothing he was saying, so I can’t comment on that particular plot hole. However, all of these problems are minimal. In order to enjoy the movie, I found it imperative to adopt what I call the “Bond mindset.” You need to accept that every lady Bond fraternized with may not end up being his one and only. Obviously Bond is not going to die, sorry. He’s sort of like a cat. Except he has like 100 lives and doesn’t need to go to the bathroom in a box. Though in the right circumstances, he might. But Bond would do it with class, and would probably narrowly miss a bullet in the process.
There were strong parts to the movie as well. The close shave scene was hilariously unromantic, and had been the center of many jokes on Facebook and around campus, but the scene is worth seeing nevertheless. The part when the villain removes his teeth is gross and cool and violent and made me grab Sage’s arm so badly she may have a permanent injury. Some complain the movie didn’t have enough action, but I disagree. The injuries Sage sustained by my fingernails also suggest the movie was suspenseful. Not to mention Daniel Craig’s eyes. Oh, I already said that. No matter. Those eyes are stunning.
Bond movies aren’t really my style, but I enjoyed Skyfall nonetheless. While you must suspend reality for the length of the film and sit tight through the full bits, Skyfall delivers a slightly more sentimental version of .007. If you get a chance, head out to see it. If for no other reason, hit the theaters to see Daniel Craig’s eyes. They are very blue. Just you wait.
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