New from the desk of The Movie Snob.
Skyfall (C-). I barely caught the latest James Bond flick before it disappeared from the theaters, and I have to say I am glad I saw it in the dollar theater because it just wasn’t that good. Mainly, it is too darned long–almost two and half hours–and it just kind of sags and drags along for a lot of that running time. Do we really need to see Ralph Fiennes (Wrath of the Titans) arguing with Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents) about how the nature of spying has changed, blah blah blah? It’s nice that we get filled in on some backstory for M and even for 007 himself, but a little of that kind of stuff goes a long way. Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) was decent as the villain, but the beautiful Berenice Marlohe has like three minutes of screen time as the “Bond girl” of this installment. In short, I don’t really get the hype that Skyfall garnered, and it has made me start to wonder about the Bond franchise in general. Aren’t most of them overly long, overly complicated, and really just not that good? Hmmm.