Hello to Jason Isaacs.
Wasn't sure how it would hold up in a post-Game of Thrones world, where each episode had the budget of the entire Lord of the Rings franchise, and apart from colour-correction bullshit that really dates the effects, the film holds up really well. Mostly because it's aiming for a different tone than GoT. Was listening to a podcast recently where the guests were discussing Ursula K Le Guin and how lots of fantasy fiction copied the form of Tolkien but…
Too often Kate relies on other films for what could kindly be called an emotional shorthand or, if you wanted to be a little less kind, lack of originality. "Hey, remember when this happened in Leon, and how sad you were? So you probably feel pretty sad now, right?"
That said, the action is really great. Top-tier stuff.
So it all balances out, right?
Also, this isn't really a spoiler so I'm not going to click the "contains spoilers" button…
I fucking LOVE this film. It's my ultimate comfort film.
There's a bit, a plot point, where Mary McDonnell was pretending to be hooked up with Stephen Tobolowsky on a computer date to get his office access card and his voice print and stuff and she gets stung. Except they make it look like she's not stung. And then, being a pro grifter, she goes "This is the last computer date I go on" and Ben Kingsley mafia-hacker goes…
If Casino Royale was a post-Bourne Bond, then Skyfall is most certainly a post-Tinker Tailor Bond. For a modern blockbuster, the pace is positively glacial, and for the first time in years, we see Bond engage in actual spycraft. This is a welcome relief to the exhausting parkour and shooting that so dominated the previous films.
What's not so welcome, though, is the fact that Sam Mendes has delivered an origin story not for the modern, 21st century Bond, but…