Film Review: Skyfall

After not being a big fan of Bond, I watch this particular film, the latest after twenty two previous incarnations and am instantly interested in what comes next, in every scene that is shown.

Maybe its the now classic elements from the early films with Sean Connery, or the unique style of directing from Sam Mendes, who also directed Daniel Craig in the film Road to Perdition.

Another film where the elements of good and bad are blurred, but the story is still strong and visible.

Mr Craig and Judi Dench reprise their now iconic roles to bring down this film's Bond villain.

Javier Bardem portrays the effeminate character, with style and unnerving straight delivery of his lines and actions.

 Ralph Fiennes makes an appearance, as well as Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw. The latter two bring some levity and humour to the scenes they are included in.

Berenice Marhole and Naomie Harris are this film's "Bond Girls", both are the pinnacle of their characters.

A very enjoyable film, quality of it overall matched only by the overall budget.

An interesting piece of possibly until now unknown trivia, a song played in this film was also played in a film where Mr Finney stars, with Russell Crowe as the lead. A Good Year. For those familiar with the song, it adds a sense of spookiness to an already tense scene.

Comments

  1. The first quote comes from the film referenced in the review:

    "Michael Sullivan, Jr.: So when do I get my share of the money?
    Michael Sullivan: Well... how much do you want?
    Michael Sullivan, Jr.: Two hundred dollars.
    Michael Sullivan: Okay. Deal.
    [Michael Jr. stops eating and thinks for awhile] Michael Sullivan, Jr.: Could I have had more?
    Michael Sullivan: You'll never know."

    The second comes from the previous Bond film:

    "James Bond: [at a dirty, small motel] What are we doing?
    Strawberry Fields: We're teachers on sabbatical. This fits our cover.
    James Bond: No it doesn't. I'd rather stay at a morgue. Come on. [they go to a nicer hotel] [to the hotel receptionist] Hello. We're teachers on sabbatical and we've just won the lottery."

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