Skyfall is the latest James Bond movie that came out a couple of months ago. I‚Äôm a little behind on movies that came out during the Thanksgiving rush because I was in the middle of a semester and, as many of you know, college semesters can be on bit on the time consuming side.
In the movie, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is presumed dead after an accident on a mission where he was tasked with recovering a hard drive with operatives‚Äô names and locations. During Bond‚Äôs absence, a man named Silva (Javier Bardem) is waging war against M (Judi Dench) for things she has done in her past. Bond returns after Silva attacks the MI6 building and is tasked with tracking Silva. The mission puts Bonds loyalty to M to the test and pushes him to his limit in more ways than one.
I had high hopes for Skyfall because, like all action movies, the trailers looked incredible and Coke Zero had an incredible PR stunt that went along with the movie. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDiZOnzajNU). I was a little disappointed with the film. First off, Skyfall is a long movie, like Hobbit long because scenes are dragged out. The movie starts off with a great action scene but then slows down considerably once Bond is dead and when he comes back. After that though, things get slow. Bond is dead, people are trying to force M into retirement and the tone is melancholy. Maybe it‚Äôs because you have to watch all the credits right after the opening scene that sets you up for a slow start but at least you get to listen to the main theme, ‚ÄúSkyfall‚Äù performed by the lovely Adele. It‚Äôs long but worth it; after all, Adele won a Golden Globe for that song.
*A side note about the song, when it came out I was proud to be one of the first to hear it because, like a good advertising student, I saw it on Twitter. It had been a long night and I was lulled to sleep by the song. Naturally, when I woke up I put the song in a special place in my heart. It‚Äôs my college lullaby.*
Things pick up once Silva is introduced. I‚Äôve only seen a couple of James Bond movies but the ones I have seen don‚Äôt spend much time developing the bad guy‚Äôs backstory. Silva is the exception and his story is explored and explained to the point that you see that he and Bond have more in common than originally thought. It was a refreshing change and might be why the movie was so long. If that is the reason, it‚Äôs worth it.
A huge positive was the acting. Everyone was incredible in their roles. Javier Bardem‚Äôs portrayal of Silva was superb and his character was just weird enough that he was fascinating. The banter between Bond and M was perfect and an appropriate comedic relief. Don‚Äôt even get me started on Q and Bond‚Äôs relationship. The movie focuses a lot on how Bond is getting older and that he should retire from the field. The fact that Q is a young gun doesn‚Äôt make Bond feel better but creates a relationship that is funny and relatable.
Something that true Bond fans will enjoy is the little throwbacks to the legacy of James Bond. After all, Bond has been around for 50 years, giving credit to the past is part of the fun. The most memorable scene that alludes to the Bond legacy is when Bond is sitting at a bar in a club in Shanghai. The scene opens with a woman shaking a drink and Bond smiles and says, ‚ÄúPerfect.‚Äù The second one comes when Bond gets his car out of storage and it‚Äôs an Aston Martin. The third is when Bond and M are in the Aston Martin and he flips the top of the gear shift to reveal a red button to which M says, ‚ÄúGo ahead and eject me.‚Äù
Overall, this is a ‚Äúrent it‚Äù movie.
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