Alright, I’m just gonna say it: I still don’t understand the 60 year fascination with the Bond movie. Granted, I’ve only seen the Daniel Craig iteration thus far, so maybe I’m not one to judge, but I still don’t get it. To me, they’re just generally average action movies with a bit of history to them.
Even after watching Skyfall – which is considered the best of the Craig films so far – I’m still not quite on board with any of it. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s just that I’d rather watch something else altogether. In this one, Bond is tasked with saving the lives of dozens of secret agents after their identities are leaked by an unknown supervillain. 007 himself must do this whilst mostly in hiding in order to avoid capture, and Judi Dench‘s M becomes a central plot point as the secret menace targets her.
I’ll add my approval in part to this one in that I must agree: it is the best Daniel Craig Bond movie I’ve seen up until now. I guess that’s what you get when you hire a renowned director to head a Bond movie. Bravo, Sam Mendes.
On the other hand, I’m still not convinced that Daniel Craig is a good Bond. He performs well enough, but there’s something about him that just isn’t mysterious or suave enough in my eyes. The real gem of this film is undoubtedly Judi Dench, who acts circles around everyone else. However, I did enjoy the addition of Ben Whishaw as Q. Who knew Paddington was a tech genius?! And Javier Bardem is simply brilliant as the villain, but that goes without saying. On the whole, the cast have nothing to do with my disinterest with this franchise.
On a more positive note, what really struck me about Skyfall was how much more innovative the fight scenes were in comparison to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Barring the obligatory combat sequences atop a moving train, many of them were unique and contained things I’ve never seen before in film. The tussle on the elevator in Shanghai particularly stood out, making good use of lighting and silhouettes to form a visual spectacle. Very well done indeed in that regard.
Yes, the script is wanky and corny and there are enough cheesy one liners within it to make a kilogram batch of Mini Cheddars. However, Skyfall easily boasts the most interesting and cohesive story of all of the Craig Bonds I’ve seen. It’s enigmatic, intriguing and thoroughly entertaining for the majority, which is definitely more than I can say for Quantum of Solace.
Definitely the best of the franchise that I’ve seen so far (please note that this is only my third), but again, I still don’t love James Bond as much as most. Give me John Wick any day.
Best part of the movie? Albert Finney referring to M as “Emma”. Banter.
Skyfall is available to rent on Amazon for £3.49 in the UK.
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