Well, I admit it. I had never seen any Bond films previous to Skyfall. Most people are incredulous after I tell them that, which is fine because then I have time to pick their pockets while they are staring at me in shock. It’s also fine because it meant that I walked into the theater with nothing to compare it to, and I tend to do that a lot. (Here’s looking at you Amazing Spider-Man.)
Anyway, if you haven’t see it yet you should stop reading right about now.
In Skyfall, we’re jumping into a universe of intrigue. Some people were expecting more gadgets, but secret radio transmitters, computer hacking and GPS tracking are about what we get in that department. But one of the great things about Skyfall is the reverting to the past to solve the present. The villain is out of the past, the British government see MI6 (and Bond) as outdated, and of course the grand finale takes the stage at 007’s childhood home, outfit by the old fashioned: smoke and mirrors, homemade pipe bombs, hunting rifles, secret passages, and a heck of a car.
The actors that shine here are Daniel Craig (Bond) and Javier Bardem (Silva). Judi Dench (M) and Ralph Fiennes (Mallory) are solid too, but they don’t quite shine as much as the good and evil leads. Bond and Silva play cat and mouse, and you’re not sure which is which, which reminded me a bit of The Dark Knight Batman/Joker relationship. And speaking of the Joker, call me crazy, but Bardem needs to don the white face paint and play the Clown Prince of Crime on the big screen when he appears there next. Silva’s a sympathetic villain too, which Hollywood is finding tough to get out there these days.
Another impressive thing about Skyfall is the wonderful job the whole crew did in putting it all together. The locations are perfect, the atmosphere and music are just right, and the opening credits are super fun and artsy. Adele’s contributing single does wonders there too. Fits perfectly.
If you’re a Bond fan, this is a must see, and if you’re not, it’s certainly worth your while as well.
Star count: 8/10