The Rocket Scientist and I flipped a coin over which movie we would go to see tonight, and I lost. So instead of going to see Daniel Day-Lewis be grave and presidential in Lincoln, we went to see Skyfall. I liked it much better than I expected to.
I am not a James Bond fan -- I generally only see the movies when dragged to them. I was relieved that I ended up getting called out of Quantum of Solace because of a sick kid -- at least I was once I ascertained that the kid was not really sick, but just very anxious, and I was able to calm him down. I never did end up seeing the rest of the movie, which is fine by me. From an earlier Bond era, A View to A Kill is one of the very few movies I have ever walked out of in my life. I met the hoopla around the franchise turning 50 with a sincere "Who cares?"
I had no intentions of seeing Skyfall.
But I liked it. In addition to suspense, which I expected, it had humor, which I did not. There were also great actors (Judy Dench, Ralph Fiennes), eye candy (Daniel Craig, and the actor who played Q, not to mention London and Scotland, both wonderful places), and Javier Bardem, who seems to be making a career of being the most bad-ass villain imaginable.
My favorite line of the entire movie? "What makes you think it would be my first time?" It doesn't seem funny here, but in context it's great.
In fact, I only had one gripe, because I am that person who nitpicks things to death. It doesn't matter much, so I feel comfortable griping about it here, but in respect to people who get annoyed about spoilers, it is in a footnote behind a cut. (If you're reading in the RSS feed, sorry.)
So, in general, a very good movie. I highly recommend it.
*Komodo dragons do not kill people as they are shown in the movie. They bite their prey once or twice and then track it as it develops and dies from massive bacterial infections. Their mouths are cesspits of very nasty organisms -- they'll kill you, but they will take a couple of days to do so.