2012 James Bond movie
Plot: James Bond tries to stop a a bad guy from doing bad things.
The Bond universe is filled with interesting villains, and Javier Bardem's disfigured and effeminate baddie can be added to the pile. His backstory's revealed bits at a time, but it's all the stuff that remains unrevealed which makes him fascinating. Of course, Bardem gives an arguably over-the-top yet somehow still subdued--as if that makes sense--performance that makes you miss him when he's not on the screen and keeps your eyes glued when he is. Often, the villain is at least as much fun in these James Bond movies than James Bond himself, even when he's at his most charismatically cool, and the character Bardem helps create here is no exception.
That's not to say Bond's no fun. I'm not sure how people feel about Craig anymore because I haven't paid much attention, but I like what he brings to the character a lot. I've always thought that these movies are things that men enjoy because they can live vicariously through the hero. Vicariously and invincibly. I suppose it's possible that Bond dies at the end of one of these movies, but you'll know about it way before it happens. So you watch these movies and know that no amount of bullets, gimmicky execution sequences, or unprotected sexual intercourse--because you know Bond ain't going in with a prophylactic--is going to kill the guy. So the pre-adolescent boy within gets to cheer and be just as indestructible right along with the protagonist for a couple hours.
Now Craig's Bond is a little different because it seems like he's gotten nicked up as much as all the other James Bonds combined. At least his testicles have. Here, he's vulnerable again, but he's also a lot more human. He's as real to us as Macaulay Culkin. He's got a past, he's got fears, he's tired, and he knows how to booby-trap a house. It makes you wonder how Kevin would have done if Pesci and Stern had themselves a helicopter.
That climax of Skyfall is fine and maybe even a little emotional, but I didn't think it was nearly as interesting as everything that led up to it.
Unless I heard Adele in a commercial that I don't remember, I think this was the first time I heard her. I liked the theme song more than most of the Bond movie theme songs. It reminded me of all the classic ones.
I watched this with the plan to catch up and see that new one in the theater, but so far, I haven't done that.