Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Puzzling Plot Twist


I saw Skyfall the other day and found it a pleasant diversion.   It's amazing to contemplate the fact that over the past half-century James Bond has gone from remarking that he would never listen to the Beatles without earmuffs to making a quip suggesting that he thinks being homophobic is uncool.  That's some major consciousness-raising.

But would someone explain to me what's up with Silva arranging to be captured by his enemies so he can be placed in an inescapable glass box within their headquarters and then break out and attack them from within?  (Above.)   Not only this a move that only a moron could come up with,  but it's exactly the same one that Loki pulled in The Avengers.  (Below.)  Are both movies quoting a classic -- and  monumentally stupid -- bad film I haven't heard of or what?

And as always . . .

I'm still on the road.  The Unlikely Adventures of Me will resume on my return.



Ken Houghton said...

" Are both movies quoting a classic -- and monumentally stupid -- bad film I haven't heard of or what?"

Uh, no. You're supposed to think "just like Dr. Lecter in Silence of the Lambs."

wayne zimmerman said...

Well, James Bond was never meant to be Le Carre's George Smiley.

Besides, didn't Heath Ledger's Joker-- in The Dark Knight film-- also get himself captured? Of course this was to free the mob's accountant and also to simply create chaos, but still.

As the audience we keep coming back for more of the same.

Wayne Z

Ed McDonald said...

Amen, I thought the second half of the movie was boring and that shoot out at the family manor was as pedestrian a finale as you can have.

The first 20 minutes were gold, though.

David Stone said...

If they ever make a James Bond movie that is the first 20 minutes of the typical James Bond movie extended through the entire length of the film, they'd have the perfect James Bond movie.

Richard Mason said...

Just watched this (in the final country setting of Scotland, as it happens).

I'm a bit surprised that the movie received such generally positive reviews when the plot doesn't make a damn bit of sense. Significantly less sense than most Bond movies.

To be fair, James Bond himself has played the "allow yourself to be captured, in order to be brought face-to-face with your enemy in his base" gambit in many movies, including this one. But the gambit makes more sense when you have no other way of getting close to the target... seemingly not the case for the villain here.