I agree with these last thoughts as well. The Scotland section was a complete misfire. Not to nitpick or anything (it is Bond, after all), but if you're trying to escape with your life, you don't go wandering the moors with a BRIGHT FLASHLIGHT shining every which way.
That said, I do look forward to more Fiennes, Harris, and Whishaw in their recurring roles going forward ... they were all excellent I thought. Oh, and seeing this in the setting of Grauman's Chinese (with their state-of-the-art sound/picture), was just breathtaking. Deakins deserves the Oscar just for the Shanghai scenes alone.
Well it is James Bond do i don't pay that much attention to logic :p Also the idea of going back to the basics was figurative to me rather than being perfectly logical in all regards.
The while Shanghai scene itself was amazing. The whole execution, The lighting, the concept, music, mirrors and recursive reflections, body language, Severine watching him across the building etc.
Am I the only who loved the Scotland segment? It was almost like Bond meets western...
Still, the best segment of this was easily the fight scene in Shanghai. Good Lord that was the most stunning action sequence I've seen in a long, long time.
Scotland was my favorite part as well.
I really liked this, although the Scottish segment didn't make a whole lot of sense, to say the least. In Bardem's first scene, he flirts with and even touches Bond, and Bond in response says something like "Why do you think this would be my first time?", without even a trace of irony. And then later on there's a line from Bardem about who would get to be on top. The script's suggestion (even for comic relief) that 007 might have slept with men is, to me, amazing. How far we have come.
Buster, re: the flashlight in Scotland, I thought they did a marvellous job of making Dench's and Finney's characters appear out of their depth, there, and the mistake of a flashlight fits in perfectly. I mean, they set up the whole Home Alone thing, plant traps all of which will work perfectly, and then pull the rug out with round 2 as if to say "no no, that's how OTHER movies work" and then things got serious. And both Finney and Dench's characters made mistakes and looked quite shaken, and the flashlight worked for me!
Last five movies seen:
Young Adult (2011) *
How I Ended This Summer (2010) *1/2
Biutiful (2010) **1/2
Iron Man 3 (2013) **
Seediq Bale: Warriors of the Rainbow (2011) **
Bond never slept with a man. He's being sarcastic.
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Excellent movie -- one of the strongest and most well-balanced I've seen all year. I would nominate Judi Dench.
Also, I'm not entirely sure why (it's probably more due to Cloud Atlas than this) but I have a huge crush on Ben Whishaw.
Terrific movie, for all the reasons mentioned (great villain, gorgeous photography, go Craig, great action, great song, etc.) but I was glad to see that this one was utterly preposterous. That is a struggle all Bond films have... be serious or be preposterous, and this movie is made with the weight and skill of a Sam Mendes movie, yet it features the sort of straight faced lunacy that only a Bond movie can really provide. Best example...
And Sam, what a rebound. 1999 seems like a year when a lot of really talented directors peeked early: Sam, Shamalyan, the Wachowskis, Kim Pierce, the Blair Witch guys, Gil Junger (hey, I loved his movie). Sam has certainly fared better than some of these folk, but he's been dogged by never being able to live up to the promise of a movie which hasn't exactly aged with the the same brio as some of the other Best Picture winners of that era. Well, this will either be his rejuvenation or his "at least I've got three memorable movies" achievement. But I would have no problem with him making the Best Director cut this year. And Deakins should win. As should Adele.
My one gripe... the Albert Finney role should have gone to Sean Connery.
Enjoyable but it needed at least 20 minutes trimmed. I got a bit tired of the endless explosions in Scotland.
I LOVED this. Stellar action, a suprisingly great script and absolutely terrific performanes. Dench deserves a nod (she'll probably get a BAFTA nod) for the courthouse scene alone. Bardem was so fantastic I forgot about his hair, he's done that twice now!
This was also the best shot film of the year, no question. If Deakins gets snubbed I'll shoot someone. Just wow!