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The hype surrounding the latest James Bond has been going into overdrive after the premiers in both the U.K and the U.S, so on Saturday night I took myself to see Skyfall. After the last film Quantum of Solace didn’t to well critically, the makers of the new film were under pressure to make this one work. Well after seeing it, in my opinion they redeemed themselves. I am a big fan of 007, and especially of Daniel Craig in the role of the super spy.
The script, written by the writing duo of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and John Logan was well written. For QoS the writer’s strike overshadowed the writing of the script, which in my opinion lead to it not being as good as Casino Royale, but without that causing problems this time it allowed for a supercharged story. The story was relevant to todays world, which can be a challenge especially for the Bond series. I won’t spoil the story if you haven’t seen it, but believe me, once you see it you will pick up on a few things.
The acting was pure gold, I mentioned earlier that Daniel Craig was my favourite Bond, it could be because he brings a new side to the character, this Bond has a human side that shows emotion, breaks out in a sweat when he runs, and can get injured. “M” played by Judi Dench is after seven films still getting it right, with a stella performance, and could possibly be her best and most believable performance to date. Other characters including Gareth Malloy (Ralph Fiennes), Bond girls Eve (Naomi Harris) and Severine (Berenice Marlohe) also put in fine performances, with a couple of them having an interesting story arc. Finally the bond villian, it was an interesting step to put in Javier Bardem as Silva, in some ways he didn’t seem like a traditional villian, but then what about the new Bond series is traditional. Javier was a good choice to say the least.
In traditional fashion exotic locations are important,but with London playing a refreshingly important role throughout. That is all I’ll say on the matter, though there is one place which I think could have been utilised a whole lot more. Sam Mendes who is not traditionally a action director managed to take an iconic film series and make it a winner, who after the first scene I think you will agree, deserved to be in that directors chair.
Day – Wasted, Agent – Provocateur, Woman – Provocatrix, M – Bitch, Gun – Shot, Murder- Occupation, Country – England, Skyfall – Done. I think incredible is word that people are uttering after stepping out of cinemas world-wide. Sam Mendes has managed to release a fine work of cinema gold, bringing it back to form after a critically panned release of Quantum of Solace, and after this one I suspect he could be asked to direct the next film. If you’re in the mood to see a movie with a decent story, character development, and some of the best action scenes I have seen in a while, this movie is for you.
Skyfall is out now in cinemas across Australia, United States, and the U.K.