Skyfall (PG-13)

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Posted: Mon Nov 5 2012

James Bond is dead. Settle down—a massive spoiler has not been dropped. Physically, the British secret agent we all know and love is doing just fine. It’s a miracle, really, considering the exciting, exhausting precredits chase sequence that ends with our hero’s accidental shooting and forced exile. He’s dead to the world, and haunted by himself; everyone who has followed the series since the great Daniel Craig assuredly assumed the iconic role in Casino Royale (2006) knows that this Bond broods more than he bleeds. And the tropical paradise he hides out in is more like purgatory; drinking games involving scorpions are the norm. A perfectly timed news broadcast wakes Bond from his lethargic slumber: MI6 has been bombed and his beleaguered superior-cum-surrogate-mother M (Judi Dench) is receiving threatening anonymous missives.

The spy who’s loved many is back in action soon enough, though it’s clear he’s off his game in both body and spirit—something that cannot be said of the cast and crew behind this terrifically entertaining entry in the 50-year-old film series. Everyone does A-level work, from bleach-blond costar Javier Bardem (a memorably psychotic addition to the Bond rogue’s gallery) to ace cinematographer Roger Deakins, who films the plentiful action sequences with thrilling clarity—a shadowy fistfight atop a Shanghai skyscraper and a Straw Dogs-esque siege finale are particularly memorable. Skyfall has the feel of both a ceremonial commemoration and a franchise-rebooting celebration, especially in the ways it attempts to too cutely sync up the ’60s-era Bond mythos (casual misogyny and all) with the more complicatedly Bourne-inflected recent episodes. The return to a mostly male-dominated perspective leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, though it barely diminishes the myriad pleasures afforded by one of the series’s finest installments.

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Rated:

PG-13

US release:

Fri Nov 9, 2012

Duration:

143 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Sam Mendes

Cast:

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

Screenwriter:

John Logan

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deano

one of the best bond movies ever the main baddie was awesome i hope to more bond movies like skyfall

Ken

Bond has moved on, a more thoughtful storyline better fight sequences and more interesting. OK it maybe more in common with the Bourne Identity than Roger Moore's comedic Bond but the franchise is no worse for it. From the outset the film separates itself from the previous incarnations as the new Bond establishes his first kills and thus the start of his 00 career. Mads Mikkelsen establishes himself as one of Bonds best villains and Eva Green as an excellent Bond girl, clever, attractive,feisty and sensitive. The scene in the shower where Bond goes to comfort her shows how much more grown up the storyline is to previous offerings as it also offers up other facets to the Bond persona. Then we have one of the best torture scenes as Le Chiffre swings the rope. The ending as Lynd drowns is truly sad but sets the scene for the following film. However the biggest endorsement for Casino Royale is the fact my wife absolutely loves the film which is praise indeed!

Rodolfo

Very good film. Good story, but in some part of it Bond seems invincible. I'd prefer a deus ex machina intervention.

nik-h

If Casino Royale recast Bond as believable human being in hard-bitten spy thriller, Skyfall snaps him back to cliched invincible superhero territory - complete with non-credible cartoon villain. Very, very disappointing - esp. when critics hail it as 'Best Bond Ever!' - it's not even the best of the last 3!