“Skyfall” review

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Film Review
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SKYFALL

“Skyfall” was recently released on DVD. This is a good Bond film – not the best, but certainly on the top tier. If you like the other Daniel Craig Bond films, you will be very happy with this one. On the other hand, if you are not a Daniel Craig as Bond-fan, perhaps stay away from it. “Skyfall” is a darker Bond. It is a more violent Bond. It is a less gadgetry-laden Bond. There are even less – wait for it – love scenes in this movie. That said, it is exciting and well paced.

I think it’s hard to top that opening chase scene (a foot chase, too!) from “Casino Royal,” but of course, this Bond film must give it a try, and what a great try it is. (Motorcycles on roofs – who would have thunk?) And it’s the real nice twist to the end of this chase scene that sets up the opening chapter of the film (along with the latest innovative title sequence).

The plot of this one revolves around Bond’s latest assignment going wrong, exposing agents around the world. MI6 headquarters is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with only one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem). The villain Silva is a more down-to-earth villain, and not so over-the-top as many Bond villains of recent decades – which I appreciated greatly – although they do stop to touch on that aspect momentarily with the reference to his facial physical ailment due to surviving a dose of cyanide.

Like mentioned, Bond fights more with his fists and less with his gadgets. And there are no invisible cars in this Bond. Instead we have a gorgeous (and a totally retro) 1963 Aston Martin DB5 – a nice return to the Bond of yesterday, which is important in this film, too, as he returns to where he was born to take on the criminal Silva. At this point it does begin to turn into a “big” Bond film, but things wrapped up fairly satisfactorily, along with set-ups for the next Bond film. At one point Bond say his hobby is “Resurrection.” And, thankfully, like Bond, the films keep coming back, too. I would definitely recommend “Skyfall” for your library.

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