Cribbing is the naval slang for cheating in a exam and getting away with it like only a true champion does.
"Did you just crib that last exam" "Hell yeah my cribbing is top notch"
The key thing here is "getting away with it like only a true champion does."
"LaSelle, you wouldn't know a good movie if you were staring in it! Just saw Roger Moore on The Telly and he said Skyfall is the best Bond movie ever!"
"Ranking Bond movies in terms of quality is a futile effort — there are just too many — but I’m not exaggerating when I say this is by far the best-looking 007 film..."
"This is clearly the best Bond film of the Daniel Craig era, and likely one of the best in the franchise's 50-year history."
"It’s an unusually funny, literate, worked-out script, and Mendes seems hell-bent on making the best Bond since Goldfinger—or the best, period, given that he exhumes Bond’s old Aston Martin only to shoot it cheekily to pieces."
"Although Skyfall spends equal time looking back and setting up the future, it never loses sight of the present and, in the process, gives us the best 007 adventure in more than four decades."
"In this 50th year of the James Bond series, with the dismal "Quantum of Solace" (2008) still in our minds, "Skyfall" triumphantly reinvents 007 in one of the best Bonds ever."
Director: Sam Mendes
Cinematographer: Richard Deakins
He's got the touch, he's got the power: Daniel Craig
It was nice to see her have fun in Marigold Hotel: Dame Judi Dench
Loves him some psychopath: Javier Bardem
Look! He isn't so bad after all!: Ralph Fiennes
I like how amused she is by everything: Naomie Harris
How you doin?: Berenice Lim Marlohe
Hagrid: Albert Finney
What It's Good For:
-inspiring a shite review by Wesley Morris
-seeing in theaters
-stirring up arguments about whether or not it's the best Bond film
-Javier Bardem being creepy
-the action sequences
-the careers of everyone involved
-Home Alone fans
-a movie a couple can go see
-use of thematics
-showing a fresh side of Bond
-making me question why Wesley Morris got a Pulitzer
-reminded me a lot of the Nolan Batman movies at times? The music?
-some people, like Wesley Morris, may not like that the scale of this movie is personal rather than global-conflict
-the franchise nods were painful to me...the car...the exploding pen line...
-explores backstory (some people may not think that's appropriate for this character)
I accuse Skyfall of cribbing. Which would mean I'm accusing, mostly, the writers, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, of taking the specially colored play-doh used for other movies and amalgamating to get Skyfall.
Did they really, self-consciously steal from other movies? I don't think so. It's just that while watching Skyfall I was very much aware of similarities to other movies. More so than I normally am. So let me discuss. And you can either agree or disagree.
To give you a clear picture of what I'm talking about, let me begin with the most obvious crib: Home Alone.
We have a montage sequence of Bond, M, and Kincade rigging the Skyfall house with booby traps. Then we watch as the bad guys, one by one, fall victim to the set-ups. The entire time this is happening, both the rigging and the fruition, I was thinking "Home Alone, Home Alone, Home Alone...this is...a secret agent...version...of Home Alone...what?"
The opening sequence: of course Casino Royale, the Madagascar sequence. In both we have: a chase, construction equipment, Craig almost falling but hanging onto and off of stuff, a fist fight, and a failed mission.
At times, Skyfall's music reminded me of Nolan's Batman trilogy. One could argue it LOOKS like a Cohen brother film, since Deakins has been cinematographer for 11 Cohen brothers movies. There's Silva showing up in a helicopter playing "Boom, Boom" the way Kilgore, in Apocalypse Now, descends on the Viet Cong with a helicopter cavalry charge blaring "Ride of the Valkyries". The fight with Patrice in front of the jelly fish digital billboard in Shanghai is reminiscent of the billboard in an Asian-heavy LA of Blade Runner. Oh, and Bardem's abandoned city is reminiscent of limbo in Inception.
Did I Like It:
Yeah. It's way better than Solace. Which people think was just a bad movie. Keep in mind, that movie went into production during the writers strike. Craig said he and the director were basically making things up as they went along. Skyfall had writers.
I think this is the best Bond movie in terms of quality as a film. Its narrative is robust (multiple locations, deepening character background, emotional moments, humor, changing of status quo elements, a theme drives through it, bad guy is developed). The direction is great. I loved the music. Like...if you were going to answer the question "Which Bond movie could get nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture" I think this one wins hands down. You could argue others are more fun, or more "Bond", but this is the best "film", with "film" meant in the most pretentious way possible.
But I think I still prefer Casino Royale? As much as this movie focuses on Bond being old, Royale played into Bond being young and unrefined. And I love how the poker game is used. The first 1/3 of the movie is a bunch of smaller scenes leading to the poker game. The second third is the poker game. The final third is, again, smaller scenes which close out the movie. Royale stews in that middle third. Skyfall never really stays put. It takes breathers, but the pace never slows the way it did in CR. Some people might like this better. I like what CR does.
There's an interesting trend in big-budget action films. Mission Impossible 4 got Brad Bird, an Academy Award winning someone who is not considered an action director, to direct. And now Bond gets an Academy Award winning someone who is not considered an action director to direct. The Bourne Legacy had Tony Gilroy, but I think Gilroy is incredibly overrated. I hate Michael Clayton. Like...legit don't understand why people think it's good or interesting. And the previous two Bournes had Paul Greengrass. The first had Doug Liman. So we see with Bourne, an increasing in director quality, but they haven't made the jump to an actual Academy Award winner yet. We'll see what they do for the next one (if there is a next one). But I wonder how many other action films, or genre films, will start recruiting top-tier directors. Or how many directors will jump into a genre piece, the way, say, Scorcese did with Shutter Island?
Skyfall never really bored me. Plus, it has a komodo dragon EAT someone. That's awesome. I'm entertained for a good six years after that. But I the duration of the movie did start to weigh on me.
The whole "Skyfall" reveal underwhelmed me. I thought it'd be something...cooler?
Here's hoping the next one does something interesting.
% Character / % Actor's personality / Uniqueness grade for the role for the actor
Does anyone want me to do this? If so I'll do it. But right now, meh.