'Skyfall' Review

If you are a movie fan there is probably a chance you are aware of just how much 'Skyfall' blew up back in 2012. Almost doubling the amount of money the highest grossing James Bond movie had grossed until that point. Incase you haven't seen the movie however, I'll be keeping this spoiler free.

When 'Skyfall' first came out, it more than exceeded everyone's expectations, both critically and at commercially. I don't think anyone could have predicted it would gross over a billion dollars worldwide but I am extremely happy that it just happened to be what ended up being my personal favorite Bond movie that did it. In terms of 50th anniversaries, this is pretty damn solid. Of course there are problems to be found, but none of them even manages to come close to distracting you from your enjoyment of the film. This is about as perfect a not just Bond movie can get, but action movie in general. In my review of 'Quantum of Solace' I mentioned that all the Bond movies except that one manages to conjure up at least one memorable scene or moment. With 'Skyfall', it's the whole movie. Everything here just oozes "memorable". Every scene transitions so perfectly to the next and the pacing is spot on, the cinematography is outstanding. This is just a great movie.

I did see the movie twice in the theater back when it was first released, but I hadn't seen it again after that so I found myself surprised by just how much I remembered the movie and how excited I was to rewatch every scene. From the knockout opening action scene that is the best opener a Bond movie has ever had - to the best song a Bond movie has ever had - to the most intriguing plot a Bond movie has ever had - to the best villain a Bond movie has ever had. Basically, almost everything you can imagine works. The biggest flaw you could point to is the villain relies a lot on computer hacking, which means his plan will involve a lot of convenienent computer magic. Thankfully none of it distracts from the experience or the point the movie wants to get across.

Naturally if you humanize the character of Bond, there will come a time when a movie about him getting "too old for this shit" will be made, and 'Skyfall' is the embodiment of that plotline. Luckily it never becomes a paint-by-numbers iteration of it as the writers clearly have an end game in mind here. Yes, Bond is starting to lose his touch, but he is certainly not going to give up. I really liked how it never just became "oh he's getting too old to do all of these things", instead they wisely had him get injured at the beginning, already forcing him out of his A-game even if he was as young and fit as he was back in 'Casino Royale'. This helps to add a lot more tension when we witness him continuously missing shots throughout the film, in situations we usually find him being pin point accurate with a gun.

Roger Deakins is easily the best cinematographer of all time and naturally as he takes control of the camera here, he turns this into the most gorgeous Bond movie ever made. Practically every shot could make for a killer desktop wallpaper. Another addition and another example of nearly everything being practically perfect about the film - Adele's song is also the best Bond song of all-time, one that perfectly encapsulates the film as a whole.

Overall, 'Skyfall' is my favorite Bond movie. The plot is really engaging and smartly written, Daniel Craig is a revelation in the role, Roger Deakins work as the cinematographer is something you have to see to believe, and Javier Bardem as the memorable Silva is the most interesting villain this franchise has ever had. Basically this is the equivalent of "lighting in a bottle", it all just works and judging by the critical reception; it's going to be a while before any future Bond movie manages to top this.

- Lucas


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