Skyfall: Movie Review

Review: “Skyfall” opens with a bang – breakneck action, trademark for the Bond franchise, a foot chase then by car, on a motorcycle, rooftops and even a train. Bond (Daniel Craig) leaves you breathless (with his speed and dashing looks) as he hunts down someone with a list that MI6 requires at any cost. M (Judi Dench) dictates orders over a headset to both Bond and agent Eve (Naomie Harris). Right from the start, there is stark truth, heightened drama and impending doom as Bond leaves a fellow agent bleeding to his death. Mission over fellow man – don’t leave the mission at any cost? Yes, it’s the darkest Bond movie ever with echoes of “The Dark Knight” – the past of the iconic hero and a villain who wants to cause pandemonium.

In the fifty year history of the beloved British secret agent, “Skyfall” is not only one of the best James Bond movies but also the best action movie of the decade. Stunning, sexy, action-packed & superbly structured, Sam Mendes’ film oozes Oscar-worthy perfection (kudos to cinematographer Roger Deakins). With a modern look, it delves into Bond’s deepest story ever told.

From the days of yore, Blofeld, Goldfinger (and death rays aimed at Sean Connery’s crotch), 007 has come a long way. “Skyfall” has modern action while also subtly hinting at Bond’s history. Bond’s popular sidekicks make a return with a new look, for example, Gadgeteer Q returns as Ben Whishaw, young & geeky with computer hacking skills as opposed to engineering jet packs or exploding pens. The lead villain, like all good Bond villains, has his own island fortress and speaks in monologues (with moves aped from The Joker from “The Dark Knight”). 

Since his first, “Casino Royale” (2006), Daniel Craig’s represented modern Bond – less wisecracks, more intense, dark & adrenalin packed action. Less wolf (still some philandering). Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed early Connery who’d crack jokes as he shot people, Craig’s gloomy laconic seriousness has a charm of its own. “Quantum of Solace” was dull in script and execution. “Skyfall” takes the concept of Bond seriously and pays homage to it while still keeping it so fresh. 

Without getting into any spoilers, the film addresses the primal question: What does Bond stand for now? The answer lies in a scene between Silva and Bond at Silva’s fortress island. Bond is challenged to a pistol duel for the life of a woman after a glass of 50 year-old scotch. 007’s fav poison, a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, would be the traditional beverage but instead an aged Macallan is the perfect metaphor for Bond now: aged to be richer and more complex with deep tones. It’s not a “Transformers” that is to be guzzled down with its fast action. It should be savored; delicate and strong to withstand the test of time.     

Verdict: One of the best… Stunning, sexy, action-packed & superbly structured… oozes Oscar-worthy perfection. 

 
Avneet Ghai
 
Movie Details:
 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Judie Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinear, Albert Finney
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Ian Fleming

 

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4 Comments

  1. Anupam

    November 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Not much action. Doesn’t feel like a Bond movie.

    • sam

      February 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I agree! 4 is ok but for the ridiculous ending!

  2. vijay

    November 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Action packed with elaborate script to level head THE BOND. Though mesmerising – lacks screenplay – errors while taking a shot – bond is hit on right arm , later is shown as left arm ? who saved him – how did he survive such deep wound?
    why wasnt a second shot taken ? why no one followed the killer? why was he killing people in shanghai n what is the link to hacking n casino – all crap old bond instincts – but well made to deliver hot

  3. Subu

    November 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Avneet… Wondering if we saw the same movie… It is director Sam Mendes’ Bond… Not the one envisioned by Albert Broccoli.. The script has so many holes, you can see through em. BTW, here bond is not trying to save the word, but just one lady… His boss M… And he does not do even that job well…where is sexy, oozes of perfection? Like Q pulling the network cable out when hacked… They have not heard of wireless? And why could’nt they shoot the chopper down? Downright dumb… I do agree that the performances are good.. Q is good, so is Bond… But there is no story, no script… But oodles of head banging action… Just to save one old lady.. Personally, I think Ek Tha Tiger was better… At least it had better lines

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