Let the Skyfall: Skyfall Movie Review

James Bond certainly isn’t new to the film industry and as such needs some kind of touch-up every now and then to set it apart from the rest of its billion-and-something other films. Add to this that fact that it’s been four years since the first Bond film starring Daniel Craig and you can say that it’s about time we see some kind of overarching progression when it comes to his own take on the character.

Following the par-for-the-course (which still equates to spectacular in this case) chase scene and Adelle-accompanied animated credits that open the film, MI6, the agency Bond works for, is starting to show signs of wear as the powers that be challenge their existence in the first place. And with few people to turn to, M, head of the MI6, is forced to rely once again on Bond. However, it’s clear that while Bond is willing and able, there’s a certain air about himself that hints at him having seen better days. Unlike John McClane’s “action hero in a tech-savvy world” premise that was Live Free or Die Hard, though, the idea wasn’t so disgustingly blatant and was handled with the amount of grace that you would expect out of Bond. 007’s fish-out-of-water interactions with the techie Q are one of my favorite ones throughout the entire movie.

Skyfall continues in classic 007-style with its standard-yet-still-exquisite tropes of fun gadgets, sexy ladies, trips to foreign places. However, rather than being part of the main plot, these tropes end up serving as more of a lead-in to the main villain, Silva. As the story progresses, we learn that a hard drive was stolen, containing the names of every undercover agent within a terrorist organization. Silva, played by Javier Bardem, does an excellent job of making the most out of this stolen information, with every step he takes being not only an attack on the MI6, but also a slap in the face to them, mocking their lack of efficiency in an almost child-like manner (when YouTube and Robin Hood references are made, “child-like” was honestly the best word I could think of). And upon learning of the villain’s backstory and relations to MI6, things are only escalated that much more, with Bond now having someone that can match him hit for hit (in a Dark Knight type of way, and thankfully not in a Game of Shadows type of way).

By the final act, the audience is finally given an explanation to the title of the movie which I still have mixed feelings on. To delve as far back into Bond’s backstory as they did was interesting, yes, but felt unnecessary the more I thought about it. Regardless, the action built up in the first two acts still delivers in the finale and doesn’t come off as too aimless (again, I’m looking at you Game of Shadows).

All in all, Skyfall serves as the perfect end-point for Daniel Craig’s run as 007, with just enough wiggle room in the end for a possibility of him continuing his role for another handful of movies.


About daemoncorps
Gabe (daemoncorps) has been writing about anime and the like since 2005, but has been babysat by it for much longer. He primarily spends his days distracting himself on twitter or writing for Fandom Post until he realizes he has a weekly webcomic (tapastic.com/series/scramblebouquet) to work on. He also just finished writing his first full-length graphic novel about unemployment (https://tapastic.com/episode/293804).

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