Skip to comments.Who has seen "Skyfall"? And what did you think of it?
Posted on 11/11/2012 7:02:59 PM PST by EinNYC
I promised myself that if I was able to find gasoline today in the fuel-starved NYC area, I would reward myself by seeing "Skyfall", the new James Bond movie. After getting in one gas line and being told immediately by an employee that they were out of gas, then sitting 50 minutes on another gas line only to be told they were now out of gas when I was getting close to the pumps, and then finally paying an exorbitant price for gas after a 10 minute wait on line, I had just enough time to make it to the bargain matinee at my local theater.
I, and other members of the audience found this to be the BEST James Bond film for a long while. It was very exciting, really. Javier Bardem seems to make malevolent weirdos his specialty. Seeing the film was rather an antidote for all the wasted time of the morning chasing gasoline, even WITH using the www.gasbuddy.com special Sandy gas-finding links.
Has anyone else seen the film, whether or not they had to wait in a gasoline line? What did YOU think?
About 20 minutes too long. Suffered from inadequate editing. OK otherwise, but “Goldfinger” it isn’t
Saw it. For a Bond movie it was one of the better ones. Good roller coaster ride, good (and funny) references to old Bond flicks. Decent story. Beautiful... well you know.
4 out of 5 stars.
Watching a movie...at a theatre? People still do that?
I haven’t been to movies for 20+ years, or even watched then when they appear on televison. So I do find myself pretty clueless about a lot of pop cultural references by friends / co-workers.
after a morning like that, are you sure the movie was that totally awesome, or were you just so happy to finally be at the movies that it could have been The Smurfs Go To Rainbowland and you would have been just as awed?
j/k hope gas gets easier to get for you soon.
I saw Casino Royale this afternoon and liked it a bit better than the first time. Still not great but at least it was one of the very few to have any connection to the book.
Not everything is political.
You are an absolute Paragon!
I bow in respect.
The only 007 I like is Sean Connery. Daniel Craig is probably OK. Goldfinger was the best Bond movie IMO. Never say Never again was 2nd best.
North by Northwest (Hitchcock’s best) was the precursor to the Bond movies and is my all time favorite besides Day of the Jackal.
Please stop supporting and glorifying Hollywood and the ideals it espouses.
I hope that getting gas normalizes real soon, too. This has given me great insight into what it must have been like during WWII.
agree completely.... it was pretty good, but.. a bit SLOW in parts.
Save your money.
The movie comes to an early climax as new Bond villain Adele crushes metrosexual Daniel Craig by jumping on him.
Prince Harry is tasked by M with killing Adele. Unfortunately he gets drunk and forgets his mission.
Saw it with my wife and daughter today. All three of us wanted to stay and watch it a second time.
I rarely go to the movies but my son and I saw Skyfall yesterday. It was a matinee, so it only cost six bucks each. I am not a good critic, but I will impart some thoughts without spoiling any climactic scenes. It is a good, solid Bond movie -- not as good as Casino Royale but a significant improvement from Quantum of Solace. The special effects and fight scenes and chase scenes are good. The plot? Well, it's a Bond film. As for characters, if you liked Daniel Craig in the last two Bond films, you will not be disappointed with his performance. Ralph Fiennes (sp?) is very good, too. The villain, Mr. Silver, is very gay and very creepy. I am not too fond of the new nerdy Q (there were a couple of times when an exploding pen really would have come in handy) or the way they introduced Moneypenny.
I also thought the film was too relentlessly dark and at times I yearned for Roger Moore in a khaki safari suits or a good ski chase. Finally, there is much practical knowledge to be gained from watching this film, e.g., don't use a flashlight when you are trying to escape undetected over an open field at night from an evil maniac and a dozen or so heavily armed henchmen -- and don't take refuge in the nearest building, either.
If, after a very trying day, I seek a bit of escape in the movie theater, that's my business. By no means do I advocate any immoral lifestyles being followed, by Hollywood inhabitants or anyone else. By your logic, no one would read novels to seek a temporary escape from the mundane any more either.
MYOB. Are we clear on that? Good.
>>I havent been to movies for 20+ years, or even watched then when they appear on televison. So I do find myself pretty clueless about a lot of pop cultural references by friends / co-workers.
But you’re enough of a NASCAR fan to make it your screen name??
Hahaha...some of the comments here remind me of that old saying by Mencken about Puritanism being the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is happy.
I saw the movie, it was fun. Not rocket science, but hey, who goes to see a Bond movie expecting it to adhere to the laws of nature and physics?
And the evil guy was sufficiently creepy to merit laughter from both my wife and I.
True to the basic Bond formula. After seeing the first 22 installments, I still get excited. Daniel Craig is good, Sean Connery was the best. Wow, having I been watching Bond movies for 50 years?
I saw it on IMAX- you get spoiled with IMAX and it is hard to watch movies in regular theaters. The humongous screen really reveals that Daniel Craig’s face has a lot of potmarks in closeups and let’s not even talk about M’s wrinkles!
That said, the movie was excellent- just suspend your beliefs in parts and tell yourself it is Hollywood- and enjoy the escapism, which after the storm (I’m in coastal Jersey) and the election can only benefit your mental health for a couple of hours.
Come to CT for gas. It takes us an hour to get to NYC and there is plenty of gas.
Saw it in Europe on a Monday - (small) theater was full. Good film - yes! Bond film - no! 20 minutes too long - probably.
I would be spending money better useful in another direction, like another case or two of drinking water. Or more camping fuel, or propane for the trailer should I have a disater and I need to live in it.
Didn’t see it yet... but saw Argo today... and loved it.
Wow, Unk. Happens that I have several cases of drinking water stashed away and a case of Sterno canisters. Great minds think alike, eh? The $5 spent on the stress-relieving pleasure the movie gave me: priceless.
We saw a matinee in our local family owned non-chain theater that was opened in 1949. Matinee price was $5.50 per person. You can get a screw-cap bottle of soda for $1.75 and a bag of popcorn for $2.50.
They don’t gouge you. I don’t mind giving them my business at all. I definitely feel differently about chain movie theaters, though. Ironically, my last really nasty movie going experience was seeing Casino Royale at a Regal Cinema chain. I had to threaten to sic the management on a row of 12 year old girls sitting in front of me, and also speak to a teenager and his girlfriend sitting behind us.
Made me madder than hell that I had to be put in a position to even say anything. Both my wife and I had no desire to go to a movie theater after that, but we understand the difference between the local one and the chain.
Hubby and I saw it in The Texas Theater last night.....and thought it was the best Bond ever.....really liked the references to old school Bond...so it was neat to see it in an old theater.....red velvet chairs and no cup holders or Lee Harvey Oswald either.....
Now, that is history.
Skyfall was ok. It is only worth a rental. The theme song is horrible. The movie isn’t worth full admission price.
Casino Royale was very good.
I enjoyed Quantum of Solace.
The movie was really good. Nice to see Bond's original sporty car make a cameo appearance.
Costs a lot more than $5 to see a new movie where I am in Wasilla, Alaska. I’ll wait for the Bluray to come out, I have maybe another week or two of my job before I get laid off.
Yes its cheaper to go to the theater than buying the disc, and I can see it with captioning and of course as much as I want.
Bottom line is everything is getting a priority lately, and I’m not even a victim of Sandy.
Your comment immediately brought this photo to mind.
Since reading the Ian Fleming James Bond novels, I find that the movie plots and characters are unrecognizable from the novels going back to Dr No. The books were real spy thrillers but the movies have become thrill-a-minute gadgetfests.
For instance, Q wasn’t in the books, neither was Jaws; Moonraker had nothing to do with outer space; there was no laser in Goldfinger (it was a circular saw), etc.
Fleming’s Bond used few gadgets, and he wouldn’t recognize most of his plots or characters as shown on the movie screen.
James Bond has devolved into a comic book superhero in order to capture the attention span of today’s movie audience.
Daniel Craig performs his part as aging 007 to perfection. The story dwells on the conflict between old school and new school. The old school has the bag of gadgets and the iconic Aston Martin DB5. The new school is GPS tracking, super smart computer software and photo surveillance. We saw glimpses of the old school throughout the movie to remind us of the glorious past, that is being buried by the new technology. Bond’s near death was symbolic of the death of the human contribution when technology has highteched out the human element. Bond is not just a number—007—he is that human element in its glory.
The movie is a celebration of the human element. It is that humanity that triumphs over all detriment because of that connection with the past which can do what no machine is capable.
Heck, there are people think that buying vegetables to eat is feeding a monster of some kind, often called Monsanto, Dow or Dupont.
Not everyone is in a situation to successfully cut themselves off without cutting their own throat.
Yes, I liked the Aston Martin appearance as well.
All of us who post on here are directly supporting Intel, Apple or Microsoft, three of the most liberal companies there are.
And those of us who own and operate open source systems are accessing the Internet via providers who directly purchase Intel based equipment.
Intel today just announced it was discontinuing support for the Boy Scouts since they discriminate against homosexuals.
There is almost always something you have that supports something unsavory.
and what about the homo crap, yet again?
(the testicular beating he took in casino royale was homo-erotic, for the normals out there)
I love those old theaters.
unless something changed, Craig’s Bond is a prequel to the other Bond movies... so i see it as ok if he’s not quite as suave
Quantum of Obamanesia....
When I saw that cool old house Skyfall, it made me wonder what Bond’s “Before He Became 007” persona was like. Obviously he came from great wealth. I did not read the Ian Fleming novels. Do they describe his pre-007 childhood?
Not sure why FReepers are jumping down your throat for making a polite, rational and well-intentioned request.
Hoyyweird is called that for good reason...and the people who run it are no friends of God or the United States.
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