Friday, 23 November 2012

Review: Skyfall

There's some sense of nervousness before I went to the cinema to watch this movie. First, Daniel Craig's interpretation of James Bond is great. Secondly, his first outing as 007 is outstanding in Casino Royale while his 2nd movie in Quantum of Solace is a disappointment. Then, rounded up everything up in 2012 is 50th Anniversary of the famous fictional British spy on screen sums up the hype surrounding the movie. But, there will be no worries, Skyfall is and will be considered as one of the best Bond films to date.

The movie started off superbly, even better than how Daniel Craig was introduced in Casino Royale, on the street of Turkey. It quickly moved straight to the chase, with Bond chasing one of the enemy on the roof, streets, market, train. You name it, the chase is in it. After the abrupt end of the prologue, Adele's superb voice was introduced as the OST of Skyfall and the classic Bond intro commences. The song has made the movie has that special something.

The performances from the actors are one of the best in recent years for the Bond franchise. Daniel Craig, like his other entries, excelled in his more grittier Bond. Then you have Judi Dench again as M, her performance in Skyfall is one of the best in years, her performance is so good that there are rumours that she will get nominated for Academy Award. Then surprisingly, it is the villain that steal the show at many parts of the movie, Javier Bardem as Silva. His character is comedic and funny, at the same time sinister and deceiving.

Skyfall explores the origin of James Bond and his relationship with M, and cyber terrorism, and M's past. Skyfall also sees some of the classic characters being reintroduced, Q and Miss Moneypenny. One thing is a bit tad disappointing  though, is the Bond girl, Severine, played by Bérénice Lim Marlohe. Her performance is too short and disappointing.

In short, Skyfall is one the best bond films to date, and it is also one of the best films released this year. To sum it up, Skyall is memorable and riveting from start to finish.

Pros: Great performance by Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem, great storyline, fast-paced and exciting action sequences, great soundtrack, and Adele's OST is awesome!!!

Cons: Bond girl is disappointing, the final third of the film is a bit dark in colour.

Score: 5/5