Originally Posted by lnguyen
I like Bond in general but after watching this Skyfall, I was dumbstruck. The story line was stupid, execution was lame. However, they spent tons of money to make the movie more than it should with all the scenery. Since when Bond film was about personal vendetta? Hee traveled to Shanghai, then watched a lame assasination? In all, I rather watching him fight against a Chinese triad or Chinese spy then this lame personal vendetta.
I'm always intrigued when someone complains that a Bond movie had a "stupid" story or plot. As if a characteristic of Bond films has been believability. Just how many Bond films do you think did "not" have a "stupid" story line, out of curiosity?
Note: I am not taking the position that one ought to expect idiocy from big budget movies. I like to demand more. But here we are talking about the Bond cannon and hence the expectations it is reasonable to bring to a Bond movie.
As I've mentioned before, after having gone through most of the Bond movies (up until Brosnan, haven't watched those) on Blu-Ray, most have operated barely above an Austin Powers level of depth and believability if you ask me, even though I very much like some of the Connery movies. If the latest Bond movies were truly as cartoon-like as the old ones, I doubt I'd be making it to the theater to see them. The added gravity and maturing of the acting, characters, plots in Casino Royal and Skyfall are for me just what I need in order to maintain interest in the series at this time.