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This review is from: Skyfall [DVD] (DVD)
The transition is complete. Bond has resolutely shifted from superficial superspy to multi layered hero. Yet whilst Skyfall firmly grounds Bond in reality it still gives us some of the best action of the series.
Movie opens with a classic Bond set piece, a breath-holding chase by car, motorbike, and train (not to mention JCB) where Bond tries to recover a stolen hard drive. The climax of this stunner segues into the most unique title sequence to date with a macabre montage of glimpses into the film to come. And with Adele's song blasting out, if you haven't got goosebumps all over by now, you'll need to check your pulse.
Skyfall follows Bond from has-been agent to last line of defence as he and the film's antagonist, Silva play cat and mouse around the globe. One of the most beautifully shot Bond movies, we are treated to glorious cityscapes in Shanghai, Macau and London and stunning visuals of Glencoe in Scotland. The thoroughly engrossing storyline, which majors on Bond's family legacy and his relationship with M and her skeleton-revealing past, is interspersed with spectacularly staged action pieces, which thankfully forego the shaky-style edit overused in Quantum of Solace. To top it off, the heady soundtrack totally absorbs us into an atmosphere like no other Bond.
Thoroughly character driven, there is not one bad performance from the leads. Craig and Dench are as usual top drawer, as is Bardem who bestows Silva with a depth not seen before in a Bond villain to the extent that calling him a villain doesn't do justice to his layered character. Ralph Fiennes as ever is quality but the surprise of the bunch is Bérénice Marlohe who, whilst looking like a typical Bond girl, is in fact nothing like with her unsettlingly edgy performance.
A perfect mixture of story, character, exposition and action, this Bond film is as good as anything you would want in an action thriller, it is a bona fide 5-star movie whereby when the final scene ends you will be positively salivating for Bond 24.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012 13:25:57 GMT
T. Scott says:
Posted on 3 Dec 2012 17:58:31 GMT
N. A. Tuulia says:
A great review, thanks. A special mention for this: "... Bardem who bestows Silva with a depth not seen before in a Bond villain to the extent that calling him a villain doesn't do justice to his layered character." So true.
Posted on 20 Dec 2012 19:38:26 GMT
Douglas Milne says:
Superb review, agree with every word. The exploration of Silva's character and motivations was noticeably deep and like no other Bond film in history in that respect. The examination of Sean Bean's baddie in Golden Eye looked superficial compared to the fully rounded character that was developed in Skyfall. I'm surprised that some people are hating Skyfall because to me it had it all and more.
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