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This review is from: Skyfall (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
It's more like a traditional Bond than anything in years but is also nothing like any Bond film we've seen before. It has more invention in every scene than all of the 90s and 00s films put together and almost every set piece is as good as the parkour scene in Casino Royale. It's beautifully directed and really puts pretty much every Bond film ever to shame in that department, it's bloody hilarious while taking its subject matter completely seriously, and Daniel Craig IS Bond. It's like they looked at Quantum of Solice and thought "Yeah, you know that film nobody liked. Let's make the COMPLETE opposite of that".
There were so many wonderful moments. The entire opening teaser (I especially liked how it began with its own spin on the gunbarrel). The title sequence. The scenes of Bond trying to cope living on an island and trying to recapture the thrill of his job with the scorpion drinking games. The reveal that Bond didn't pass the tests but M took him back anyway. The scene in Shanghai where Bond grabs onto the bottom of a flipping lift as it's going up and then witnesses an assassination and gets into in a punch-up in the shadows, all against the surreal backdrop of the reflected Shanghai skyline. The Q-Branch scene which brings back all the sorely missed elements of Bond and Q's relationship yet still feels like a completely new take on the character (certainly more than Cleese). The casino scene complete with a dangerous pit with a man-eating Kimodo Dragon (slightly dodgy CGI aside), which contains the great moment where the underwhelming isomorphically-controlled gun turned out to work just as well as any of Q's gadgets should. Silva's island, a brilliant spin on the classic Bond Villain Lair with considerably more creepy undertones due to the whole ghost-town vibe. The introduction of Silva himself. ("What makes you think this is my first time?"). The twisted shooting contest between Bond and Silva. "It's from Q-Branch. It's called a radio". Silva taking his jaw out. The moment where Q realises he's been had. The whole Tube chase, which was my favourite bit of the film and full of so many wonderful little moments that I'm not even going to bother listing them. The rather sinister scene where Silva strolls into the courtroom dressed as a policeman a starts shooting the place up, which is made even creepier once Bond shoots out the fire extinguishers. The DB5. The DB5! I actually clapped in the cinema when it turned up. That's a way to acknowledge the past with for the Anniversary without going into fanwank overdrive like Die Another Day, and I loved that the ejector seat was confined to a knowing little gag. The assault on the house, as a small army rounds on an old building containing three people with a couple of shotguns; it's got a bare-bones, nothing-but-me-and-the-elements feel to it but still manages to feel like an inventive Bondish action scene (my personal favourite moment being M's light-fitting bombs). "I hated this place!" The fact that the epic climax of the film which Bond has to stop is simply one raving man running across a field after an elderly woman, yet it still manages to feel epic and climactic due to the hellish glaze it's seen through.
I loved every minute of the film, it just felt right - it felt Bond. Casino Royale was a great film, but I don't think any part of it besides the Parkour chase and "That last hand... it nearly killed me" made me grin like Skyfall did. It's got that intangible quality that only a Bond film can have, but without any of the sameyness that pervades even some of my favourites in the series.
The Bond series is in a good place. I genuinely can't wait to see what Craig, Harris, Whishaw and Fiennes get up to next. It feels like Bond is back, back where he should be. But at the same time, I don't think the franchise has ever felt so new.
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In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 21:33:41 GMT
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 12:07:30 GMT
Al Baker says:
"This is a Bond who is not a superman". Really? Then how the heck does he survive the unsurvivable fall at the start?
Posted on 14 Feb 2013 22:48:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013 22:57:09 GMT
A. Smith says:
I couldn't have put it better myself is somewhat of a cliche', but having grown up with Bond, and owning some of the books, all of the video's, all of the DVD's and all of the Blu-Rays, I'm probably what you might call a Bond-nut. I even know the reg No: of the Lotus Espirt Sub off by heart - PPW306R.
Bond went through a "tricky tacky tongue in cheek period", where the early days of CGI fights against dodgy backdrops did little to inspire the cries of a brilliant film, but Skyfall is what I call an "Old School Bond".
There isn't anything in it that you can't really call "gadgetry" - everything feels like its in use today, and its that that I believe makes for one hell of a good film.
The scenes are beautifully shot, the story line is fast paced, every twist enters a turn, and every scene makes sense.
As for re-inventing Bond it succeeds, the new Money-penny, the new Q and the sad end of 'M' as we know her (she was in 7 films).
Bond is Back with a Bang - long may he reign over us!
Posted on 18 Feb 2013 15:49:57 GMT
M. Butterworth says:
Whilst I agree with the majority of what you've said, you've just made purchasing the film pointless for those who haven't had the pleasure so far.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2013 21:54:10 GMT
Pat & Mike says:
As an oldie, seeing many of the bond films 2-3 times a year, when cinemas, used to be able to show films around again, I have a lot of knowledge of 007, and also I have built many virtual bond set pieces and and exhibition, me and a friend are working in in Second life to celebrate the 50 years.
Now I happen to also include "View to a kill" in my list of favourites, because 1 . Liked the whole soundtrack, 2. Max Zorin and Mayday were two formidable adversaries. But its an Insult to say Craig looked tired, he was made up to look tired, almost all the way through, because this was an agent wounded, and, still out of shape. The new Q I didnt like, he's too young, and he needs some seasoning in his acting, if hes going to be anything like dear Desmond. And Cleese was the worst Q ever. Im also a Timothy Dalton fan, and have travelled to Vienna some years ago, to go visit a the places that the "The living daylights", was filmed. But "Licensed to Kill" Superior than Skyfall, Who Are you trying to kid? yourself?
I don't think you really understood, that this outing was, Like Ralph fiennes said to "M". "Your sentimental". Well hell yes, she is, dont forget Brosnan also helped protect "M" in "The world is not Enough". *SPOILER ALERT* As far as opening sequences are concerned, I did like Casino Royale's one, but Skyfalls opening sequence, that very cleverly, Turns from that, into the real title sequence , sung By Adele, picking bond up, from the bottom of the river by two fingers, and then turns into a mirage of Mirrors, colours, Chinese dragons, in beautiful stunning colours, for me, make Skyfall, one of the best opening sequence's ever, since I started watching in 1964 Goldfinger. The Scottish scenes were wonderfully shot and written to be slightly macabre, but showed bonds historical home, the head stones, were a reminder, not the story of Bonds life, Just they reinforced Bonds roots, which has never been seen before. The other great thing, if you havent noticed, there is only really one steamy scene in this film. Its a credit to screenwriters, and director Sam Mendes, plus our very own Michael G Wilson, that the whole film revolves around the main storyline, without those awful 2-3 amorous Girl encounters, which used to make me cringe most of the time. "Skyfall" A lazy film?" I have to cringe at that statement, its far and away, probably the hardest one that Judi Dench and Danial Craig have worked on. Even Naomi Harris, at her young age, had to work out a great deal, to be able to apply her role to this film, so with all due respect I find your comments slightly confusing, especially as you have said you seen it 3X times, Why would you go and see a movie three times, that you thought was "Flat"? maybe your A secret lurking "Die another day" fan? lmho.
Posted on 19 Feb 2013 15:24:03 GMT
peter knight says:
no need to watch it now
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 20:11:59 GMT
Pat & Mike says:
I put Spoiler alerts, in my reviews now, at one time, I didn't, when first came to Amazon, now I know better. A spoiler alert is a two edged sword though, in one way, it makes you more interested in whats in store, if you do go watch it, but in the main, people Don't like to be told too much, but that's difficult if your reviewing A movie for its content, direction and other pertinent points.
What I will add, is, There is very few CGI made scenes in this film. Sam Mendes and Craig were agreed that there should be a little as possible. The only real Poor CGI was Silva's face, after he took out his falsies. That should be on the floor of the cutting room, as he looks a bit Like Imhotep out of The Mummy returns. The Komodo Dragons I really didnt take much notice of, they looked as good as any From Terra Nova or Jurassic Park.
One noticeable fact, about the Underground Tube Train running into the Hole, made By Silva's Bomb, is that those trains were real, at least the first two carriages were. 15 Ton each, sent down on rails, many, many, feet up in the air, On a complicated set made especially for that scene, Even the Popular "Speed" (Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper) used Model trains, to achieve The runaway carriages, slamming into the unfinished Works. I really thought That in Skyfall, that underground train bursting through, was either CGI or a model, and i'm suitably impressed, that They used real trains for this scene, and why its obvious, there are no people in it!!:D Besides, Silva could have easily rigged an out of service train, To move at same time, as he pressed his new "radio" signal!!
Posted on 2 Dec 2013 13:41:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2013 14:29:44 GMT
Nomar G. Nillit says:
Holy Christ! You Bond fans are so easy to please, aren't you?! Maybe next time, MGM & Eon could think about hawking their wares a little more honestly. If it ain't an Action flick DON'T SELL IT TO US AS ONE! 'SkyFall' is yet another appalling example of contemptuous and contemptible movie misrepresentation. FUSTY OLD FARTKNOCKERS!!