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Watching "Skyfall"
Published on November 27, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new James Bond film, "Skyfall."

Here's an excerpt:

"I’m not a hardcore Bond fan, but I have enjoyed the occasional Bond film.

They provide good escapist fun, especially if you like cars, gadgets, colorful villains, shootings, exotic locales, sexual repartee and attractive men and women in tuxedos and evening gowns, respectively.

I’m not sure how profound the average Bond film is, and I’m not sure it matters — these films are entertainments of the first order, and I doubt most of the people who go to see a Bond film leave the theater clamoring for more psychological depth. The great thing about Bond is that you know what he’s all about as soon as the credits roll, and you can just lean back and take it all in. What’s interesting about the new Bond movie, 'Skyfall,' is how much it wants to provide the same old escapist thrills Bond films always have, while also exploring Bond’s back story, dark side and motivations. And for the most part, director Sam Mendes strikes a pretty good balance between the almost campy surface pleasures of a Bond film, and the 21st century’s apparent desire for brooding, angsty heroes. This Bond movie is a lot of fun, but it hits some unexpected grim notes."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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