The detrimental effect of expectations on the enjoyment of a film – A discourse and Skyfall re-review

I am taking a bit of a break from the usual review format today and going to hit reflection mode.   I have always understood that the statement in the title of this post is very true, yet I still find myself a victim of expectations.   True, it happens a lot less regularly than it once did, and I can often find something in most films such that I spend an enjoyable 90-180 minutes.   Yet anyone who read my Skyfall review would be aware, my biggest complaint is that the film did not feel like a James Bond film.

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007 Legends – A Review by Film Nerd

Developer: Eurocom, Activision

Consoles: PS3, 360, Wii U, PS Vita, PC

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Carey Lowell, Toby Stephens

Synopsis: This game was released specifically as a celebration of 50 years of James Bond.   As such, it includes 6 missions, each representing one film of each man to have played Ian Fleming’s super-spy.   Bond and M are played by Craig and Dench respectively throughout.

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Skyfall – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear

Film matched beverage: Silver Balloon Cocktail

Synopsis:   Bond is wounded, presumed dead, whilst pursuing a hard drive featuring the identities of every international secret agent.    He remains undercover, until MI6 itself is attacked, and returns to active service, facing more than one demon at the same time.

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