For die-hard Bond fans, watching Skyfall will be a very intimate experience. Things come full circle in this one and might put a lot of skeptics and haters at ease. There are some out there who do not care for Daniel Craig being Bond, and there are those who haven’t appreciated the direction the latest films have taken. Well, rest easy cynics….James Bond is coming home.
I left the theater last night knowing that if they never made another Bond film that it would somehow all be okay. James Bond is where he is supposed to be, with the people he is supposed to be with. I’m not going to spoil anything for those who have not yet seen the film but for those who have, you know exactly what the hell I mean.
Just like the previous two Craig/Bond films, the opening chase sequence is amazingly entertaining and tremendously creative. Think roof tops, trains and motorcycles, and you got it. For all you ladies out there, Ms. Adele sings the opening theme song which is a very powerful number and might very well be one of the better “Bond Songs” in the whole franchise.
You can tell a lot about a Bond film by the quality of the Bond villain. In Skyfall the villain is Raoul Silva, a creepy and psychotic sociopath played by Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) and let me tell you…..he’s awesome. I don’t like to use the word awesome when describing someone because I feel it’s sort of vague but awesome pretty much covers his character and his performance. Again, I won’t go into detail in order not to spoil the film.
Judy Dench reprises her role as “M”, Bond’s boss, and her performance in Skyfall is by far the best she has given in the 7 Bond films she has been in. Dench has been perfect for Daniel Craig’s Bond, as they play brilliantly off one another. She has always been the strong mother figure that will put you in your place and has no qualms about letting you die if it means completing the mission. Dench has been part of the heart and soul of this series for some years now but the tough old bird really comes into her own in this one.
Skyfall is dark, heart wrenching and punctuated with moments of unanticipated brilliance. It’s haunting yet you will leave the theater with your whole Bond world making sense. I know you have no clue what I’m talking about now…but you just wait until you watch it, and you will know exactly what I mean.
Every film has it’s faults of course and there were a few small things that I didn’t care for, but that’s okay. I can look past those, because this film is bloody damn good and if you didn’t care for it, I honestly don’t know why you are a Bond fan. I’m being dead serious here. If you do not like this film, you do not like James Bond. I don’t give a damn if you don’t care for Daniel Craig or not. If you do not like this movie, then you are not a Bond fan. Yell all you want, I don’t want to hear it.