Kind of a busy weekend for me, so I’m taking the lazy way out yet again this weekend. By way of discussion, we saw Skyfall tonight, and I was fairly disappointed. It’s a pretty routine action movie, although I do appreciate that the Bond series still relies on human stuntwork over CGI as often as it does, which is more than the routine action movies. And it’s beautifully shot by Roger Deakins, so I’d say that the craftsmanship is pretty solid across the board.
But the script is pretty weak, and Judi Dench’s M is especially insufferable this time around. I don’t think the efforts to give Bond more of a backstory have much impact either, and the last big action sequence in Scotland was pretty ridiculous. I’m also souring on Craig as Bond; I wish he had an emotion other than “dour” that he could bring to the character.
Other than that, I’ll want to see Lincoln, which is only opening at one location, so it’ll probably be next week for me. I have to say, though, that Daniel Day-Lewis is really the only appeal for me on that one, because Spielberg hasn’t made a movie I’ve liked since … well, I guess I have to give Munich credit, because I literally dreamed about that movie, very uncomfortably, for a few days, even if I’m not quite sure it’s accurate to say that I “liked” it. Before, that, though, it was Catch Me If You Can, which was 10 years ago already.
The week’s other notable release is Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, which screened at Cannes in May and I guess won an award or something. The trailer is ultra-surreal, and I have no idea what to expect from the experience. Probably doesn’t help that I’ve never seen a Carax film before; his best-known is probably The Lovers on the Bridge.
The Bay (trailer) – Barry Levinson(!) directs a found-footage horror movie
Holy Motors (trailer)
Nobody Walks (trailer) – indie somesuch starring John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby
A Royal Affair (trailer) – Danish period film about royal intrigue