Skyfall (2012) | Movie Review
Release date: November 9, 2012
Runtime: 2 hr. 23 min.
MPAA rating: PG-13
When Casino Royale came out in 2006 I fell in love with it. I haven't really been much of a James Bond fan before it, partly because I'm not a huge fan of Pierce Brosnan and he was Bond when I was growing up. Casino Royale impressed me from beginning to end: the style, the actors, the story - I watched it over and over again in the anticipation of the next film. When Quantum of Solace came along I was beyond disappointed and I'm not even going to get into that. Then there was a four year break and I lost all hope to see another good Bond film, especially after how downhill everything went with Quantum. Now I would like to formally thank the gods of motion pictures for this year's Skyfall.
Firstly, I would like to reiterate something everyone already knows: Javier Bardem is amazing. He absolutely stole the show. My friend and I were sharing impressions after we both saw it and in the midst of a "remember that moment when he" conversation I realized that his whole performance was one big favorite moment. From Silva's opening monologue to the final scenes his character is a fantastic range of things - from charming to creepy, to heartbreaking, to pure evil. I even found myself more interested in him than I was in Bond, which from me is a pretty big deal.
As for the rest of the film, the performances were very good. Daniel Craig brought his brooding self back to fight for what he believes in and it worked just as great as it did in Casino Royale. I did question some of the things that happened to his character just because those stretched all kinds of physiological possibilities and laws of physics, but this is James Bond we're talking about and we have to put some of the reality expectations aside. I was also very happy to see more screen time with Judy Dench as M - great as always. To be honest, everything was at the level you would expect from a good Bond film: the chases, the witty dialogue, the fight scenes, the overall style - everything. And let's not forget the amazing opening credits sequence to Adele's song - I was mesmerized by it and I could probably watch just that part on repeat.
Skyfall is long, almost two and a half hours, but it flows very well, especially once Silva enters the scene (sorry to bring him up again, but Javier Bardem is THAT good). However, with a film that long there were still some things left unexplained. Though they were not the point of the movie, it still would have been nice to at least mention what happened. I'm not going to spoil the plot for anyone, but just be prepared to let some plot holes go.
Overall I absolutely loved Skyfall. For me it topped Casino Royale as well as any Bond movie I have seen before and it is officially my favorite in the series. I think it's very enjoyable for anyone, James Bond fan or not. This film was a lot of fun and will definitely be joining my movie collection.