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Skyfall Review: Old Dog, New Tricks

Movie Review: Skyfall

Stunning cinematography, inventive action sequences, a well-rounded plot,  and a nuanced Bond make Skyfall one of the best Bond films.

Skyfall gives James Bond a midlife crisis. He’s old, working in a job where his life is disposable. He knows that M is doing her job, but if you’ve played the game too long and you’re on the other side of the tough decisions she has to make, it’s not hard to get jaded and bitter.

This is proven by a worthy adversary named Silva (Javier Bardem), who puts M and MI6’s credibility in question, as well as test Bond’s loyalty and capabilities. This results in an engaging and layered story that’s rarely done in the franchise.

The story is wrapped around a riveting plot with inventive action sequences.  The beautiful cinematography captures the colors of stunning locations. This movie is pure eye candy, with Bond’s swagger in every frame.

The movie also borrows some familiar elements in the franchise’s long history and gives it a modern look.

Q is younger, geekier, and a bit cocky, preferring practical weapons to explosive pens. You get to see an old iconic car, another ex-MI6 spy with an agenda, and a throwback to a shoulder injury in a previous Bond film. The audience is introduced to new but familiar characters, giving audiences something to look forward to.

The performance is exemplary for the whole cast, both the old players and the new. Bardem stands out as the memorable villain with Blonde hair, omnipotent presence, and sexual flair.

The movie is not without its flaws. Silva seems to have inexhaustible resources and a knack for timing, yet couldn’t just nuke Bond’s place to get it over with.

It also steps on certain Bond traits that fans have been accustomed to.

Boys who depend on James Bond to fulfill their male fantasies of guns, girls, and gadgets will be disappointed.

Here, James Bond is more human with a troubled past. There’s less philandering, no flashy gadgets, and more brooding. This also injects some weight to a film in a franchise that’s all about style than substance.

Skyfall freshens up an old franchise giving it a more thoughtful shake, all the while keeping up with the changing times.

Skyfall

9

Stunning cinematography, inventive action sequences, a well-rounded plot,  and a nuanced Bond make Skyfall one of the best Bond films. 

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