12 November 2012 12:45 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In June, Kyle Buchanan bemoaned the intricate yet utterly illogical villainous master plans of last summer’s blockbusters' baddies. The new James Bond film, Skyfall, has received largely delighted reviews (including from New York Magazine’s own David Edelstein), but Javier Bardem’s Silva seems to have attended the same school of overelaborate doomsday planning as The Avengers’ Loki, Brave’s Witch, and Snow White and the Huntsman’s Ravenna. This does not make it a bad movie, mind you. But when looking back on the many steps of Silva’s operation, each one perfectly anticipating and undermining his wannabe foilers’ reactions (except, of course, those critical countermoves at the end), one is left wondering if someone really needs to put together a Learning Annex class for our planet’s supervillains called, “Start the Insanity! (But Keep it Simple, Stupid).” Spoilers follow in this post, if you have not yet seen the film. »


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