Originally Posted by Fenrir
Skyfall was a consistently great film, but to me, the best moments in TDKR outshone Skyfall's. There are few things in Skyfall that can be deemed as really 'weak' in absolute terms whereas TDKR's quality graph would look like the volatility index in the S&P 500 dailies - lots of amazing highs but about just as many damning lows as well. Despite that, it is TDKR for me by a hair. No other film I ever watched made me feel the way it did, both unspeakable joy and gut-wrenching disappointment at the same time. It certainly was a more memorable experience and after successive viewings, in spite of all of TDKR's failings I have come to appreciate its finer aspects. TDKR is, more often than not, the bolder and more ambitious film. It is an incredibly and deeply flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
Y'know, this is one of the best descriptions of TDKR I've read. While I'm hesitant to call it a masterpiece, I do agree with everything else you've said (sans the Skyfall stuff cause I haven't seen it yet).