Review: Skyfall

A Bond review from someone that's never sat through an entire Bond film.
 
Yes, you read that right. James Bond movies are pretty low on my "give a fuck" list. In fact, the only reason I went to see this was because The Sessions wasn't playing at the time I thought it was. Lucky for me, I actually had a pretty good time watching it.
 
 
James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back and this time he's tracking down a very clever (and creepy) criminal named Silva. (Javier Bardem) He's stolen a list of agent's identities and he's hacked into MI6's computers. There's something different about Silva, and it's something that comes back to haunt M. (Judi Dench)
 
I was really expecting this to be boring. It had plenty of action movie cliches, but I have to say the way director Sam Mendes presented them made it amusing. (The use of the score after a certain car gets blown to pieces is hysterical) The film starts off with a fantastic motorcycle scene that I found very impressive. Mendes also makes Shanghai look pretty damn cool in the middle of the night. The best part wasn't Craig's suave Bond, it was Bardem's Silva. Anyone who's seen No Country For Old Men knows that Bardem can pull off a villain well, and he nails it here. Silva is smart, sadistic, and he actually almost makes you feel sorry for him a few times. It's a shame he doesn't show up in the movie until about 30 minutes in. I would've liked to have seen more.
 
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: B
 
Memorable Quote: "What makes you think this is my first time?" - James Bond (Daniel Craig)

3 comments:

  1. Great review! I wish we got more of Silva too, there was just a bit too much of action for me in the 3rd act.

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  2. Nice review. I wanted more of Silva as well, but, overall, I enjoyed the film more than you did. Of course, I'm a Bond fan, so that helps. ;)

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  3. wow. i have to wait 30 minutes for bardem?? lol. i love him, so that matters to me. Sounds like you lucked out that The Sessions wasn't playing near you (it was bad anyway).

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