film review :James Bond better than ever in ‘Skyfall’

Elizabeth Golden

“Skyfall” brings life to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series. If there were one film to begin the series, this would be it.

Bond is back and better than ever. Complete with dynamic set pieces, incredible performances and emotional moments, this Bond celebrates the anniversary in the best possible way.

“Skyfall” begins where the previous film ended.

Bond (Daniel Craig) is presumed dead and the MI6 is in trouble.

Obviously, death would be impossible for the greatest action hero of all time, so it’s not long until Bond resurfaces to save his organization from destruction.

As the story progresses, Bond questions his loyalty to M (Judi Dench) as a nightmare from her past reemerges.

Audience members without any previous interest in Bond shouldn’t be seeing this film, since several key pieces of Bond’s history are revealed that would confuse unfamiliar viewers.

The film begins with the usual 15-minute action scene in which nothing is really revealed.

Bond is Bond, after all, and he wouldn’t be Bond without a bunch of fighting in tuxedos.

“Skyfall” is definitely slow to progress, and the villain isn’t even announced until more than halfway through the film.

However, after this point, the film truly takes off and reaches gold.

This Bond is worth seeing simply for the magical ending. The beginning isn’t bad, but is completely overshadowed by the climatic third act.

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes does a wonderful job of bringing life to Bond after a rather pathetic last few films.

The cinematography is beautiful and each actor performs his or her best.

From the production standpoint, nothing can be criticized besides minimal out-of-place shots. Awkward blurry camera techniques are used far too often.

The script raises several questions which are never answered, and Bond is relatively free of smart-aleck responses.

Bond’s traditional sarcastic sense of humor is what has made Bond, Bond. That, and vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred). The film is not completely void of sarcasm.

Several lines are laughable, but overall the film is lacking the signature Bond language.

Also, “Skyfall” is without a steady Bond girl.

Obviously, Bond has his ladies, but none of them could be considered a Bond girl since not one is consistent throughout.

It’s interesting to see Bond without a heroine tied to his side, so this should not be considered criticism, but rather an atypical aspect.

As someone who was raised with Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery, the transition to Craig still feels a bit out of the ordinary.

He is definitely not the stereotypical pretty-boy Bond, but his rugged looks give his version of Bond a distinctive feel.

In my personal opinion, Brosnan is the Bond, but Craig does a fine job despite his elephant like ears and lack of overall perfection.

Once again, it is impossible to stress the ending enough. This could be considered both the best and worst ending in Bond history. Worst only because it will be hard not to shed a tear for die-hard Bond fans.

For the first time ever, the audience is given a glimpse of Bond’s childhood and is then taken on an emotional journey through his past. For Bond fans, this is an amazing turn of events.

Also, an interesting dynamic is developed between Bond and M, and the characters are showcased in a fulfilling way, giving light to their incredible relationship.

If you are a Bond fan, this is a must-see film. If you couldn’t care less and want entertainment, this may be exciting but the overall feel will go unnoticed.

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