‘Skyfall’ Review

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I am not a huge fan of Daniel Craig’s James Bond—I prefer Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton—though with “Skyfall” not only will he gain busloads of fans but those that count themselves among the true believers will be ecstatic.

I have always had an on-off relationship with James Bond.  The Sean Connery Bond films were OK, but his typically British reserve generally left me a bit cold.  I tended to enjoy Roger Moore’s Bond more, if only because he didn’t tend to take things too seriously (though this was countered by the fact that he was in the role much longer than he should have been, and it eventually showed).

I think that Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan’s interpretations were two of the best, mainly because they attempted to humanize the character, and in their hands Bond became less a walking personification of libido than something approaching three-dimensionality.

Daniel Craig replaced Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in 2006’s “Casino Royale” followed by 2008’s “Quantum Of Solace.”  The problem with the two films, despite being well received at the box office–though ’Solace’ underperformed domestically–was that neither film was truly memorable, a point made clear when I tried to recall details about either film during a conversation I had before “Skyfall” began.

I drew a blank in the case of both films, though I could easily remember details and characters from earlier movies.  Part of this is because a hallmark of past James Bond films were the villains and neither ‘Royale’ or ’Solace’ had any worth remembering.

Daniel Craig’s Bond also came on the heels of the Jason Bourne series of films, and he just as quickly appropriated the gritty style and rapid action, a hallmark of those films.  As a result, James Bond had become derivative, dated, and just a bit passé.

“Skyfall,” I am glad to say, is not only as good as some critics say it is, but its the first Bond film that’s a true bridge from from the earlier Bond, to today’s.  It brings the character gracefully into the 21st century and thankfully takes itself seriously, though not seriously enough that it becomes as murky, as plodding as “Quantum Of Solace.”

The stunts are great–the opening takes an established trope, the motorcycle chase, and uses it in new and interesting ways (a shout-out should to Tom Tykwer’s “The International,” which uses a location that plays a significant role in the scene), though “Skyfall” soars because it doesn’t always take itself so seriously, and trusts the audience enough to ask us to go along.

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  5. This is one of the best Bond movies I have ever seen. The story is superbly put together and has some interesting twists, the action is well done and contains none of the shaky cam which plagued the last film. The actors all do a great job. Some might still be put off by Daniel Craig’s rough version of Bond, but I like it and he even has a few good old fashioned one-liners here. I wasn’t sure about Javier Bardem as the villain at first. I thought he was a tad too flamboyant but eventually he grew on me, plus he had a very interesting backstory and as you might have guessed already, Judi Dench is fantastic as usual as M and she even has more to do in the story this time arround. This is not a completely formulaic Bond movie. Craig’s bond is still more emotional than Connery or Moore ever were and for the first time we get some relatively detailed descriptions of his childhood. And something happens to Bond in the start of the movie that affects him for the rest of the film. But despite all that there are tons of James Bond trademarks like the martini, the introduction and even Q. Some might not like this new very young version of Q but I found him to be funny and very likable. They will never top Desmond Llewelyn’s original performance, and instead of making a cheap Llewelyn clone, they make a completely different character which I think is the only right thing to do. This is not only a great Bond movie but just a downright great film.

    More about the movie you can also find it here
    http://movieinfodb.com/en/movie/37724/Skyfall-2012

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