Dave’s 3-Word Review
Best Bond Ever
In 2006, Daniel Craig dawned the tuxedo fit for James Bond for the first time in “Casino Royale“. Around the time of the Writer’s Guild Strike, “Quantum of Solace” was released in 2008, and that generated a much lower score than its predecessor. The underlining reasons for the decline in rating was because of the Writer’s Guild Strike, there could only be one draft of the screenplay before they started filming. Regardless, a lot of Bond fans were displeased and worried about the franchise. This year, Daniel Craig reprises his role in “Skyfall“. The question is if it could be brought out of the muck it was left in, let’s find out.
As with all of the other James Bond films, “Skyfall” started out with a tense, heart-pounding action sequence. From a amazingly-choreographed motorcycle chase on rooftops, to a fist fight on top of a speeding train, the action would not let up. Working with Eve (Naomie Harris), the first Bond girl of the film, James Bond (Craig) was after a list of NATO agents, a list that was imperative to obtain. Among all the ruckus, Bond could not retrieve the data, and was shot off of the train, presumed dead. In reality, he was on an island, enjoying death and boozing it up. When the life of M (Judi Dench) is threatened by a terrorist hacker named Silva (Javier Bardem), Bond must find him and put an end to the madness. However, that may prove more difficult than previously imagined, as after getting shot, Bond was off of his a-game for once in Bond history. He couldn’t shoot straight, nor manage to do more than five or six pull-ups. Even though he failed his re-entry physical exam, M gave him another shot, trusting the man she knows to be the best agent in the field, which goes far beyond a simple physical exam.
Daniel Craig’s 007 series is becoming increasingly famous for creating absolutely brand new concepts for James Bond, while still maintaining the respect to the classic Bond by throwing shout-outs to memorable James Bond lines, cars, and women. “Skyfall” is a perfect example of what makes James Bond classic while being modern at the same time. After the horrid reviews of “Quantum of Solace“, “Skyfall” has redeemed the series ten-fold and more. When it comes to the writing, this was hands down one of the best written James Bond films in existence, if not the best. There was so many things attributed to the storyline that went so smoothly, and so amazing that it would take a long while to list them all. Visually the film hit a new level, and it will be difficult for any Bond film to beat the visuals in this. Every single scene in this film was filled with visually stunning, captivating, and beautiful scenes. Even the theme song performed by Adele could be first on the list of best written Bond songs.
When it comes to acting, Daniel Craig put on another stellar performance, and allowed the audience to become familiar with a lesser-known Bond persona, and utilized his abilities in making Bond look vulnerable, and capable of dying. That is relatively new, and was presented in a whole new way. Javier Bardem did an absolutely incredible job portraying Silva. In fact, this villain was one of the most memorable and maniacal villains James Bond has ever faced. He was calm, calculated, funny in parts, and he was not afraid to step into MI6’s radar. Javier Bardem is not unknown to be an incredible actor, and he once again proved himself. There was once again two Bond girls in this film, like the others, but this time around the focus was more towards storytelling. They wanted to make sure that this time around their story was exceptional, and it was.
“Skyfall” will having you begging for more, and you may even throw in more money to watch it more in theater. Check out “Skyfall” on Blu-Ray and DVD on Feb. 12!