Published on July 22nd, 2013 | by Allan Brown5
James Bond: Skyfall Review
Movie Review: Skyfall (2012)
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes
Plot: When a recent mission goes sour, Bond must track down a terrorist organisation that threatens MI6 and its members.
When the Bond formula was boldly reinvented in 2006 with Casino Royale, the story arch continued in 2008 with Quantum of Solace. Four years have now past since Bond’s last outing begging the question, was it worth the wait? Simply put, Skyfall is the Bond film we have all been waiting for.
Skyfall is by far the most beautifully shot and personal James Bond film there has been and with Sam Mendes in the Directors chair the film propels the series to a new high. Action sequences are nailed with precision and are completely thrilling, artfully directed, and a joy to watch. The character driven scenes are powerfully charged and handled with tremendous care and skill. Emotionally, this is the most mature of any Bond film and it is clear Mendes understands the soul of what makes 007 so compelling.
Daniel Craig delivers a moving performance as Bond, which represents his greatest interpretation of the character. Judi Dench offers a more intimate and personal take on M. The central relationship between both characters is beautifully realised, personal and the beating heart of the film. The final act in which Bond and M face their past is quite simply shattering. And what to say of Javier Bardem, who steals every scene he appears in? He is funny, unpredictable, flamboyant, frightening and tragic. His screen time is limited, but he makes every gesture, word and action count tenfold.
Summary: Skyfall is a superb homage to 50 years of Bond and is quite simply stunning. Not only is it a class act but also a remarkable piece of cinema.