January 16, 2013

Movie Review: Skyfall

Going into this movie Daniel Craig had been my favorite Bond. Now Quantum of Solace was no Casino Royal, and there have been great Bond movies with other actors portraying 007; but Craig is my favorite. After viewing the film Skyfall, Craig’s third installment of Bond, he is still my favorite and this movie is the most serious Bond film.

What I liked about this film is it easily could have been a standalone movie, a powerful action drama, without the Bond franchise. I also like that they took a more serious and dramatic approach to this film.

The premise of the story is that an assignment goes wrong on Bonds end, many agents are exposed, the 00x branch of security is under scrutiny and M16’s role is being questioned, Bond is getting older, part of M’s past comes back to haunt her, her relationship with Bond is challenged, and M is under attack.

The movie gives each character depth, even the villain, to where you empathize with all of them at some point. If you’re in the mood to see and evolution of the Bond character and are ready for some powerful scenes, this movie is for you. If you are in the mood for mindless action with cool gadgets then revisit any past Bond film. Overall I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

I do have a bone to pick with the movie however. No neat gadgets? Really? I understand, in order to make this a more serious film and break away from the cheesy feel of Bond, you have to really mix up the ingredients. But one of the reasons I have always enjoyed a Bond film is because of the cheesy gadgets. But perhaps the drama of the movie wouldn’t have felt so powerful if Bond had a paperclip that was really a grenade.

But I feel homage should be made to the past cheesy gadgets, so here are my favorites and from which movies they appeared in.

The briefcase from, From Russia With Love. This briefcase included; a throwing knife, an AR-7 sniper rifle with infrared sight, and a bunch of hidden Gold Sovereigns. Of course the case was tricked out to explode if you opened it wrong.

The mini-oxygen breather from Thunderball. It allowed breathing of oxygen for up to four minutes and was concealed easily in a cigar tube.

The Lotus Esprit underwater car from The Spy Who Loved Me. The wheels folded in and four hydroplanes came out, it was a little submarine and I wanted it as a kid, and I want it now!

All the tricked  out watches. I love watches and I have always been jealous of Bond’s watches as they can do so many cool things. The watch in Thunderball was a Geiger counter, the laser cutting watch used in Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye, and the saw watch from Live and Let Die. There were other watches like the TV and radio watch, but the aforementioned were the best.

Hopefully future Bond movies will provide the cheese I missed in this one, but if they don’t and the drama is this good, then it’s well worth it!

Image Credit: MGM

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