James Bond 007: Skyfall Posted on the 03 November 2012 by Diana
Skyfall is the newest James Bond installment, directed by Sam Mendes, based on the Ian Fleming characters and written for screen by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. After a failed mission, Bond disappears and is believed dead, until he shows up in M's house, after a bomb attack in the MI6 headquarters. The film follows Bond's efforts to keep M safe, but also to reconnect with a secret agent lifestyle he no longer wants.
I must say I was impressed with Skyfall, I was expecting worse, for some reason. There are few flaws to it, and mostly everything ties up together in a very sleek, action-packed and dramatic way, that works very well on screen. I think one of the strongest points of the movie was definitely the script, in my opinion. Firstly, I loved the fact that we got to see a vulnerable side of Bond- he is human, after all, and Skyfall proved that in more than one occasion. Secondly, I admired the fact that, this time around, the females were not omnipresent or didn't form the obligatory storyline- there was no unnecessary love story, something that usually downgrades or takes the focus out of the Bond franchise's scripts. I also liked the M storyline and the fact that it wasn't an action-based plot, with bombs and unheard of gadgets- it was based on characters, relationships and feelings, and it had meaning and reason. One last thing I will mention, script-wise, is the introduction to Ben Wishaw's Q, but also Fiennes' upcoming presence in the Bond franchise- they don't have too much to do in Skyfall, and their presence wasn't that noticeable, but I think we can expect more from them in the future films.
The script also provided very interesting characters and I loved the fact that we could see a clear development of them, in a good or bad way. It's not often you see Bond in a vulnerable state, miserable and drunk, and you also don't usually see M react in an emotional way. Both Daniel Craig and Judi Dench gave wonderful performances and I think they helped rise Skyfall to another level. The villain, played by Javier Bardem, was in accordance to the story and provided exactly what it was needed- a deranged, intelligent, with seemingly logical reasons, but most definitely a mad person, who is capable of the worst and who doesn't fear away of anything. Bardem was spot on for his character, although his hair made me chuckle the first time I saw him on screen; but that really doesn't matter and certainly, it doesn't take away the fact that he can play a villain like no one else can.
From a filmmaking point of view, it was very well done. The direction and cinematography suited the secret agent world and there were some standout scenes that were a delight to watch: the sneaking up on the mercenary in Shanghai, the deserted town part, and my favorite, the sunset/night scenes in Scotland- those were fantastically done. I enjoyed the action scenes and I thought they were beautifully executed, without the usual exaggeration in this types of situations, plus the score helped set the tone and make things move in a much more dynamic and appealing way. Adele's theme was the perfect match for the opening sequence, and it was much better than I originally thought and heard- her voice and the dramatic sound of it definitely suits this type of movie. The sets and costumes were great, and London being in the spotlight was a highlight for me- I loved seeing some of the tube stations and places in town, but a touch of melancholy hit me, as well: I miss it so much!
I came into the theater expecting a good popcorn movie and I ended up enjoying myself much more than I thought. It isn't top 10 for 2012 material, but it sure is a great movie that I highly recommend you see in cinemas. I hope you will enjoy Skyfall as much as I did!
These articles might interest you :
Good news for the James Bond fans! Because the first official teaser trailer for the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall has gone online. Daniel Craig features 3rd... Read moreThe 21 May 2012 by Cinesilver
NO SPOILERSNow I’ll start this review by letting you in on a little secret. I’m not the biggest James Bond fan.Put down your pitchforks, I like the movies,... Read moreThe 28 October 2012 by House Of Geekery
ENTERTAINMENT, TV & VIDEO
Bérénice Marlohe for Harper’s BAZAAR © Benjamin KanarekThe first thing that struck me on entering the room was not the face, but the voice. Read moreThe 26 October 2012 by Benjaminkanarek
CULTURE, FASHION, LIFESTYLE
James Bond themed jewelry is in for fall 2012 according to Entertainment Weekly’s Pop Style. In keeping with the upcoming Bond movie event of the season,... Read moreThe 16 September 2012 by Raymondleejewelers
In celebration of the latest Bond movie, OPI is kicking off their holiday season 007 style. Their OPI Skyfall Collection includes 12 limited-edition lacquers... Read moreThe 05 November 2012 by Beautyblogger
HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
MOST POPULAR FROM ENTERTAINMENT
- Grimm "Tribunal" Review by Tvwiththefoot
- Album Review - Collapsible Mountains - Ribs On Heart by Scottishfiction
- The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) by Newguy
- Rush: R40 North American Tour by Hctf
The Olympics China Lance Armstrong Barack Obama Apps Nuclear Energy Economy Apple Turkey Academy Awards Lady Gaga Valentine's Day Climate Change John Galliano Mali Michelle Rodriguez Harry Potter World Cup 2014 The Box Office Samsung Rick Perry Christmas European Union North Korea Russia Rupert Murdoch Thanksgiving True Blood Halloween Egypt
MOST RECOMMENDED IN ENTERTAINMENT
- Why Unsigned Musicians Should Worry About Popularity, Not Money by Indiemusicpromo
- Congratulations to Ginette Soucy, the winner of the Dallas Smith tickets! by Hendrik Pape
- BRING ON 2015 WITH FRENCH CASSETTES AND THEIR CAT [STREAM] by Thewildhoneypie
- Scottish Fiction Podcast - 19th January 2015 by Scottishfiction