Without seeming rude, I've been genuinely surprised by the overall positive reception from not just the critics but most Bond fans aswell.
Without reiterating points people have already made for me it didnt feel like a Bond movie.
I could accept Skyfall more if we hadnt already had Casino Royale. CR gave us a re-boot, we had a Bond who makes mistakes and is still learning and by the end (for me) the gunbarrell suggested Bond is now Bond, then QoS did the same with the gunbarrell at the end he isnt Bond yet but he has put Vesper behind him and is now Bond...and Skyfall seems to reboot the reboot.
I think part of my problem is that Im 26, i grew up with the Brosnan movies and although I despise the excess of DAD, I adore CR and QoS... and expect elements of the Bond formula why do you want to see a bond movie anyway?
And whereas QoS has the criticism (unjustly) that there is no plot or it didnt make sense, when in fact the idea of governments backing terrorists and dodggy regimes is an interesting avenue. This is never raised in Skyfall, the plot is wafer thin and is a basic revenge story. I enjoy the Dark Knight but i dont expect it replicated in a Bond movie....
The Good -
Having said that the visuals were spectacular and I cant fault them,
Bardem was fantastic and wasted due to his very late entrance and him not getting enough screen time,
Craig was solid in his acting but he is looking old and haggered, whether deliberate or not im not sure.
We are ashamed of making bond movies it seems, CR shows you can make an excellent film that IS a bond movie. with the success of this film no doubt the producers will continue with this approach for future instalments... RIP Bond.
That's my 2 cents anyway. : )
I agree with your disappointment, although I disagree with why Skyfall is such a disappointing Bond film. If anything, I think that Skyfall is a bit too proud in announcing that it's a Bond film. I certainly don't see it as being ashamed to be one, quite the opposite in fact. The entire film is, more or less, a commercial for the checklist, with them spending so much time integrating Q into the proceedings and actually having Moneypenny as the main Bond girl. Between that, all the nods to the past, the gadget-laden Aston Martin, a physically deformed villain who wants revenge, the clear Mallory/Bernard Lee homages, this is a Bond film that screams "Bond film" more than any of the more recent films, even going back to Brosnan's tenure.
The problems with Skyfall revolve around its plot. It's so paper thin (as well as something we've seen before in the franchise, even during Dench's tenure as M no less) and full of plot holes and relies so heavily on convenience and coincidence that it's hard to find any reason to become invested in it. Despite having perhaps the greatest entrance of any Bond villain (and one of the great cinematic villain entrances ever, IMO), Silva turns into a poor man's Alec Trevelyan from there on out. Trevelyan was more menacing than Silva could have ever hoped to have been, and the idea that Silva could have ever been an agent on Bond's level is laughable to the point of being absurd. If anything, we should be looking at him as a sympathetic figure rather than the villain, given that M's incompetence and lack of loyalty (hypocritical of her, given the lectures to Bond over the past two films) is partially to blame for his problems.