Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Skyfall Cinema Review

Written By Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan based on characters created by Ian Fleming
Directed By Sam Mendes

Genre
Action, Thriller

Cast

Daniel Craig as James Bond
Judi Dench as M
Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory
Javier Bardem as Silva
Naomi Harris as Eve
Albert Finney as Kincaide
Ben Whishaw as Q
Berenice Marlohe as Severine

Certificate 12A


Synopsis

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency.

 These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Review

Let's get one thing straight from the start.  I love the 'James Bond' movies and the books but I was pertubed to say the least when they cast Daniel Craig as Bond.  I don't really rate him that much as an actor so I didn't think he'd play the part all that well.

After not being all that impressed with 'Casino Royale' but then enjoying most of 'Quantum of Solace', I went in to this movie a little more optimistic that I had been with 'Casino Royale', when I went to see it.

I was rewarded with a superb Bond movie that managed to do two very impressive things.  It had a lot of nods to the past with the reappearance of some of the classic elements that we loved so much in the other Bond movies but it also set itself a very good path to go down for the future.

The movie opens with a very visually impressive set piece involving a chase, a train and a digger and ends with one of the most shocking moments I've ever seen in a Bond movie.  I won't ruin it for you but even I, having seen many Bond movies, hadn't seen coming.  I have to applaud Sam Mendes for directing such an action packed movie that still managed to concentrate on the personality and character side of the people involved to such a degree that you really get sucked in to the movie itself.

The best character by far was Silva played by the criminally under rated Javier Bardem.  He portrays the character as gloriously camp yet with such a menace that I couldn't wait to see just what he was going to put MI6 through next.  I have to admit that thanks to Bardem's performance, with his shockingly blonde hair, Silva is definitely up there with some of my favourite movie villains.

Daniel Craig on the other played the perfect counter foil to Silva's camp and slightly OTT tendencies.  His calm and collected delivery is miles better than his previous two outings as Bond.  It's almost as if Craig has finally grown comfortable in the part and has started to add some of his own little ideas to the character.

The ending, while shocking, gives a marvellous nod to the post Bond movies and has left me very eager for the next installment.

All in all, a truly fantastic Bond movie.  While not the best Bond made, as some critics have called it, I would definitely say that it's one of the best of the recent batch of movies.  It's by far the best of the Craig era.  Hell, it's even made me begin to like Craig as Bond.

Go see it, there's action, comedy and romance so what more could you possibly want from a James Bond movie?

Movie 4/5

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