Movie Review: Skyfall

Posted: November 29, 2012 in movie reviews, movies
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While it didn’t smack-me-in-the-face WOW me, Skyfall was less about the glitz and glamour and more about the plot and characters. It was everything that Quantum of Solace wasn’t. And that is a very good thing.


Starring: Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rhys Ifans

Premise: After being shot and left for dead by his own people, Bond goes off the grid as his life begins to unravel. He returns to the CIA when he learns M is being threatened and the MI6 is comes under attack, from an evil villain that’s too close to home (in more ways than one). Can Bond put his own issues aside to help his mentor escape her past?

My Review: When highly classified intelligence is stolen from the MI6, Bond goes on a thrilling pursuit in the opening sequence. Culminating in hand-to-hand combat on top of a speeding train Eve, Bond’s fellow agent, is forced to try and put the man down herself by way of sniper. Despite the huge threat to Bond, Eve pulls the trigger, taking down Bond and putting M and the M16 in imminent danger.

The near-death-experience puts Bond in a downward spiral. With the world believing he’s dead Bond goes to the “dark side” only to emerge when he learns a cyber-terrorist from M’s past is the man behind a huge terrorist attack against the M16. Bond must return to take the man down. I really appreciated the fact that Bond did not spend the entire movie in this dark, dark place. I’m tired of dark heroes. Instead, despite being in this dark place, he put M and the agency above himself in order to take down the villains. He did what most “heroes” take an entire movie to do (See Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman 2)

In this movie Bond had passion, purpose, and drive, and Daniel Craig was able to portray all that in a well-dressed, sleek but slightly scruffy package. Also, I think this deserves saying, Daniel Craig MAY have won me over on this one, people. In the past, and by past I mean, Cowboys and Aliens, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the other Bond movies, I thought Craig was missing…something…a personality. Even as Bond, though Casino Royale was pretty good (we will just forget Quantum of Solace exists), I always felt he lacked charm. Bond needs to be charming. You never really see him sweat. You have to believe he’s a ladies man. Daniel Craig’s version of Bond has always been a bit colder. He’s mysterious, cool and collected, instead of a charming, debonair playboy.

After returning to work a little rusty, M sends Bond out to search for the cyber villain with the help of technological genius Q (an especially adorable Ben Whishaw). Bond is lead to Shanghai finds the man he’s looking for, a bottle blond Javier Bardem. Javier Bardem is delicious as the chilling and eccentric villain, Silva. He is just how I like my villains. Silva is obviously bat-shit crazy, but he is also charming and smooth, with a compelling backstory involving M, that makes you understand why he’s so evil and sadistic. Everything is a game to him and he finds so much joy in other people’s uneasiness. Silva is unconventional, unexpected, and has great fashion sense. That combined with Bardem’s undeniable charisma made for the perfect creepy villain.

This movie was a success thanks to a complex and interesting plot, a formidable villain for Bond, and tense and electrifying sequences that will linger with you. Sam Mendes compiled a top notch cast including supporting characters. Skyfall blows Quantum of Solace out of the water.

Rating: Almost…4 Stars (out of 5)


Random Thoughts:

  • “Is the movie over?” My thoughts when the graphically beautiful, but long opening sequence through an Adele song felt weird, especially when it got to the credits that were lower on the movie totem pole.
  • Worst. Make-Up. Ever. Watch the movie and you’ll get it. What ever happened to sexy sleek ladies. Now-a-days everyone just goes heavy on the eyeliner to convey a darkness.
  • Roger Deakins is an extraordinary Cinematographer. The teased Shanghai opener with Bond moving through a lake of lighted lanterns is nothing short of beautiful. And the wide, long-lensed shots of Skyfall are absolutely breathtaking.




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