There are some certain things that every James Bond movie must have. Cool gadgets, priceless cars, beautiful women, a gripping plot, and a chilling villain are all major aspects of a Bond film, and they are all gloriously present in Bond’s latest outing, Skyfall.
The story of Skyfall surrounds our suave hero as he tries to track down a crazed cyber-terrorist with a taste for revenge. Although not all that original, I thought the story was really good, and carried the film from scene to scene with finesse. And the story of an older, damaged Bond is a great idea, and one that adds a sense of realism to the story.
Add that with the brilliant pacing and you have a movie that holds your complete attention for all of its two-and-a-half hour running time. Even when the movie slows down, you’re still wholly invested, primarily because Daniel Craig is just so great as Bond.
I haven’t seen many Bond films (shameful, I know) but from my limited experience Craig is definitely one of the best Bond’s out there. He’s charming when he needs to be, but also absolutely intense when the scene calls for it. His performance grips you and keeps you interested no matter what’s happening on screen.
He is complemented by a great cast of supporting characters, mainly of which is Judi Dench, who, as always, delivers a great M. I also found Naomie Harris to be fun as one of the iconic Bond girls, and would’ve preferred if she had had more screen time.
However, I found the other Bond girl, Sévérine, to be a little more boring. Although absolutely gorgeous, her character was much less original than Harris’ character, and with so little screen-time she doesn’t add much to the film outside for giving someone for Bond to hit on.
In addition, I also found Ben Whishaw to be great as the tech genius Q. He has some great scene with Craig, and is also just fun to watch on screen.
The real show stealer however, in a film filled with great actors, is Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva. Silva fulfills every aspect of what a Bond villain should be, and Bardem is a total scene-stealer. He’s exaggerate, flamboyant, chilling, and brilliantly menacing.
Bardem somehow manages to make Silva both over-the-top maniacal, to a nearly comical point, but is also very terrifying. His scenes with Craig are especially great, as the two engage in intense back-and-forth, and it’s these scenes that the film soars.
It’s rare for me to be so enthralled with a movie villain, but Silva is one of those few baddies who is just amazing to watch. In ways, one could even compare Bardem’s performance to Heath Ledger’s Joker, and although drastically different, I found them both to be totally gripping and exciting.
One of things Skyfall does so well is its balance of classic Bond, and the newer, more modern approach to Bond. There’s a perfect blend of old and new in Skyfall that is sure to appeal to old and new fans alike. It’s both a brainy thriller, and a nail-biting action film.
I really enjoyed Skyfall, in more ways than I initially expected I would. It was gripping from beginning to end, and is one of the best action films of the year. However, I did feel like it played it safe at times. There’s no overly ambitious fight scenes, and some of plot threads aren’t at all original.
The story does incredibly well in both characterizing Bond as a person more, and keeping him true to those that came before. It really is quite the accomplishment. Even though I wished there had been a few more gadgets, Skyfall has everything a Bond movie should have and more.
As the movie comes to a close, all the different plot threads (of which there are many) comes together for what makes as an absolutely exhilarating finale that really couldn’t have been much better.
If you haven’t seen Skyfall yet, I highly recommend you do so as it’s one of the best action films of the year.