Notable Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw
The Bond franchise may have been reborn with Craig in the lead role and a stunner kick off in "Casino Royale", but the momentum was inherently killed by the significantly mediocre event that was "Quantum Of Solace." Fear not, oh those of a cynical nature, for I am here to lay those doubts to rest. Craig's third outing as the illustrious James Bond is one for the books. It's just as good as "Casino Royale" in its modern take of the universal character and his exploits, but this time it's not afraid to throwback to what made Bond such a franchise hero with some over the top elements and often quirky new spins on classic elements. In fact, it's hard for me not to throw out the "one of the best Bond films ever" remarks because the film does everything one expects from a Bond film to do and adds just enough character depth and new paths to keep it refreshing.
STORYLINE: When a hard drive goes missing containing all the names and pictures of NATO's undercover agents, MI6 comes under fire for the leak. Not only that but during the scrap to retrieve the stolen information, MI6's best operative James Bond (Craig) is shot and presumed dead. After three months of searching, the head of the secret service M (Dench) receives death threats and an attack on MI6 puts the entire organization under fire from the government. Bond, who has been enjoying his death living a simple life, returns to London to help out only to find he may have lost his touch and he is going against a foe (Bardem) who always seems one step ahead.
|Shadows is a theme that runs through the film. I highly suggest looking for them.|
BOND 5/5: Once again Craig simply owns as this new and deeper Bond. He still retains many of the elements that make the character so much fun to watch with quips, kick ass action, and charm oozing out of his ears, but "Skyfall" also keeps pushing the actual character. We get to see a unique perspective of the character through his closer interactions with M this time around and some unique growth for him as he retrains and interacts with some new faces to classic characters including a very clever and modern take on Q. Bond may not be quite as cold this time around, but that doesn't mean the depth and realism isn't there hiding under some of the more basic Bond elements.
|Bond knows how to drive EVERY vehicle. Including construction equipment.|
|The last two rats.|
To throw it down as it should be, "Skyfall" is a stunner of a Bond film. The first two-thirds of the film interject everything one would expect from this modernized franchise with beautiful locales, edge of your seat chases/action, and a villain that takes it to the next level. The last third throws in so much fan service in the little anniversary details (exploding pens are no more?!) to match its unique twist on the franchise that its hard not to be impressed by the balance. "Skyfall" is both the future and past of James Bond and its perfectly executed and written to make it all work. A must see.
BONUS PRAISE: Three words. M's red door.
Written By Matt Reifschneider