A Tasty Burger review: Skyfall
My review for the highly anticipated 23rd installment of the Bond franchise, Skyfall.
The name's Bond, James Bond.
In Skyfall 007 must return from the dead to stop a threat from M's past who threatens to not only destroy her, but the whole of MI6.
I'm a huge James Bond fan, especially Craig's bond (in fact Casio Royale is actually my favorite)so it goes without saying that I was unbelievably excited for Skyfall, and after waiting in line for over an hour I'm pleased to say that Skyfall is brilliant.
Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw.
Director: Sam Mendes
As with every Bond film, Skyfall opens with an amazing action scene followed by the opening titles, this time around Adele is singing the brilliant theme song. Skyfall's opening titles are amazing, the visuals, the music and it's whole theme works perfectly. It fits in with the films tone and like every other Bond film it manages to get you excited for what's to follow.
Skyfall has a brilliant plot, it wasn't too complex but it wasn't to simple. I also loved the modernization, by this I mean the integration of cyber terrorism. In Skyfall Bond faces a personal journey, he has to rebuild his strength and almost re-train himself, we also learn a lot more about Bond's past. Silva is a fantastic Bond villain, I loved what Javier Bardem did with this character. He was menacing, scary, entertaining and actually...he was quite camp. Whilst I was taken back by this, I actually loved it, even Bond was shocked by his personality.
As expected the acting is superb, Craig, Dench, Bardem and Fiennes are all brilliant, Ben Whishaw was also great as the new Q, he and Craig shared some entertaining dialogue throughout the film. Skyfall is actually really funny, the comedy is sprinkled throughout the movie and while it's a little cheesy in places it's still hilarious, including one scene in which Bond jumps onto the back of a London tube train which causes two older Gentlemen to exclaim, "He must be eager to get to work."
Like every Bond film Skyfall contains a few over the top action scenes, including a motor-bike chase on the rooftops of Istanbul (I can't have been the only one expecting Bond to run over Maggie Grace). However despite the action being a little over the top, it's still amazing. The fight sequences are brutal, the chases are exciting, the London underground scene in particular was brilliant.
Sam Mendes directed Skyfall beautifully, the long shot revealing Javier Bardem, the decision to give Skyfall a classic feel yet still being modern and more importantly the direction he took Bond. The cinematography was also brilliant, the Shanghai scene alone was breathtaking, the colors and lighting were perfect (especially in this shot)
Skyfall is packed full of references and homages to the older films to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary, however this is actually where my only little probably comes from. The references are sprinkled throughout the movie and at the time I was really impressed however as I'm looking back on them now I've realized that a lot of them were either forced or a little bit cheesy, even the Aston Martin DB5 makes an appearance, seriously. If I had to nitpick I would say that I wasn't really impressed with the iconic gun barrel sequence, personally I would have included this at the beginning of the film rather than right at the end.
Overall Skyfall is not only a brilliant Bond film, it's also an amazing movie. The plot was great, the acting was great, the action directing and cinematography was amazing.
Bond is back.
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