“Skyfall” – A Flickcharter’s Review

Travis McClain

Bats: R, Throws: R. How Acquired: Traded for a player to be named later.

I hold a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Louisville, earned in history. I have lived with Crohn’s disease since 2005, and chronic depression since my youth. I bring into each film that I view a world view shaped by those and other parts of my background. I try to be mindful of the socio-political themes and implications of movies, intended or otherwise, and that surely shows in my blog pieces. I also love doughnuts.

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7 Responses

  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    “Someone needs to get Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis into a Bond film.”

    I’d watch that, all right. :)

  2. Derek Armstrong says:

    Nice recap, Travis. I also love the idea of including how the film entered your chart, which ties the review in with Flickchart, as well as giving us greater insight about who you are as a film lover.

    I liked Skyfall quite a bit. Unfortunately, the movie is its own worst enemy in some ways. After the opening sequence, which I thought was absolutely terrific, it has nowhere to go but down. Not far down, but down nonetheless.

    • Thanks, Derek! I included the section on how the film entered my Flickchart for those very reasons of providing context and it’s something that will be a staple of my future movie reviews.

      I had pieced together just from the trailers and Adele’s title song that much of what we’d seen in the marketing campaign was culled from the opening sequence so I was mentally prepared for that to be the beginning and I was more interested to see what the rest of the film would be like.

      If you want to talk about Bond movies that went downhill after their terrific openings, I’d point to Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. They could even be short films on their own, really. I like the rest of those two films overall, but they’re definitely not as strong as the first several minutes.

    • Derek Armstrong says:

      You like The World Is Not Enough? I’m sorry.

    • On the whole, I like it. Two of the things that worked very well in Skyfall really first appeared in TWINE: Bond being injured throughout the film, and “M.” being directly targeted by the villain. They work better in Skyfall, but I also liked the parts of TWINE that dealt with them.

      Yes, Denise Richards is completely laughable as Christmas Jones, but I loved Sophie Marceau as Elektra King. Also, Garbage’s title song is one of my favorites in the entire Bond canon. I love that old school guitar work.

    • Nigel Druitt says:

      Travis, your feelings on TWINE perfectly echo mine.