Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review - Skyfall (2012)

Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem.
Directed by Sam Mendes.

Happy 50th Anniversary 007! Fifty years has passed and we get our 23rd James Bond film Skyfall. Starring Daniel Craig as our beloved super spy and agent, this film didnt disappoint, well not to me anyways. After a solid start with Casino Royale and very disappointing follow up in Quantum of Solace in the Daniel Craig Bond era, things have turned around quite nicely with Skyfall.

MI6 is in shambles. A computer hard-drive containing the names of undercover NATO agents in terrorist organizations is stolen by unknown assailants. James Bond and fellow agent Eve (Naomie Harris) head out to retrieve the stolen hard drive but the mission was deemed failure. Bond was shot and presumed dead and head of MI6, M (Judi Dench), faces forced retirement because of the loss of the hard drive and death of agents. MI6 headquarter is attacked and as expected, Bond isnt dead. He heads back to England to help MI6 track down the perpetrator before things further get out of hand.

After a riveting opening sequence, the movie slows down just a bit until we meet the antagonist of the film, Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), and boy was he impressive. He played an excellent villain and was perhaps the highlight of this film. He appears likable but deep down you could see his true evil intentions. We get to find out what was Silva's motive behind his actions in this movie. Agent M's past had come unfortunately come back to haunt her and that is how the story unfolded. A simple but smart storyline accompanied by action sequences which were entertaining and not overdone. Solid performances from the rest of the cast by the way. Daniel is steadily improving in his role, Judi Dench had a commanding performance and kudos to Naomie Harris for shining in her moments.

Skyfall wasn't just lone action but also a mix of character study. We get to learn a little bit more of some of our main characters. The film's musical score provided a soothing and at times suspenseful atmosphere. Adele's hit song definitely set the tone from the opening scene.

Though I dont consider Skyfall as the best Bond film to date, but to say it wasnt enjoyable would be a sin. I just adored how they payed homage to past Bond classics with the appearance of the original Aston Martin car and other references. The reintroduction of the characters Q and Eve MoneyPenny into the franchise worked out quite well I must add. The film was also beautifully shot. Kudos to the cinematographers on this one.

Skyfall had its funny moments too. It was engaging and the film's lengthy run time was not an issue. Definitely a fine addition to the Bond franchise.

Rating: 8.5/10

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  1. Nice review, but Casino Royale was the first Daniel Craig film, not Quantum of Solace.

  2. thanks hun. I keep getting that mixed up because I watched Quantum first

  3. I liked Casino Royale more though but this almost lived up to the hype. A decent flick and one of the better Bond movies, but not my favorite of all-time I have to say. Good review Shawna.