Skyfall (2012)

 4 stars

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris

Director: Sam Mendes

Synopsis: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Review:

Skyfall was Daniel Craig’s 3rd outing as James Bond, and definitely his second best, and is easily one of the best James Bond films of all time, due to it’s personal and riveting storyline, intense opening sequence, explosive action and excellent script.

Skyfall is the best looking bond film, due to Roger Deakins’ mesmerising cinematography and breath taking shots that make the experience of watching Skyfall unforgettable. Daniel Craig as bond is excellent in this and once again proves he is one of the best, if not the best.

Javier Bardem as Silva is menacing and evil while also being creepy and slightly funny at times with his sick sense of humour and mannerisms that make him one of the best villains in the series so far, and definitely one that sticks in your mind.

Judi Dench gives her best performance as M, with her witty humour and sassiness that brings an entertaining element of comedy that brings the film to life

The story of Skyfall is so well written, that has a personal narrative between Bond and M where their interactions are emotional, down to earth, and passionate. The excellent writing keeps the audience hooked, and there’s not one sequence in this film that is boring, or feels dragged out in anyway, which makes the almost 2 and a half hour run time fly by!, unlike many of the other Bond films where they drag, and drag, and drag, *cough* Thunderball *cough*

The title song by Adele is incredible and relevant to the series, unlike Madonna’s Die Another Day which shows no real passion or enthusiasm, but Skyfall feels like a bond song, reminiscent of Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

In the end, skyfall is well written with great and interesting characters, great performances and cinematography that trades awkward one liners and slapstick humour for an intriguing storyline and action set pieces that makes skyfall one of the best bond films to date.

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