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Posted on 1/02/13 08:48 AM
Skyfall Delivers a Memorable 50th Anniversary for its Franchise
By Patrick Howard
American Beauty director, Sam Mendes approached Skyfall with the idea of making a slow burning thriller with less action scenes, but rather more in-depth character moments. Even though there are fewer scenes of James Bond beating bad guys into submission, the movie lays out Bond's undying swagger, sex appeal, and nostalgia so well that when the screen goes black, you are dying to be the legendary 007 operative. Skyfall harkens back to the classic Bond films like Dr. No and Goldfinger which makes it one of the best in the franchise to date and a great product of the spy's 50th Anniversary.
In the movie, James Bond's trust in his boss M played by Judi Dench (Casino Royale) and others is put into question when events like his near-death experience+- and the numerous attacks on MI6 and its agents which are connected to M and an rogue ex-MI6 agent named Silva played by Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). Now the weary 007 agent must stop this equally impressive agent from destroying MI6 and his relationship with M.
Typically most James Bond films are solely action oriented; Skyfall will throw most movie-goers off with its action being in the backdrop and its characters, like Bond, in the foreground that were surprisingly dynamic and interesting. Something that seemed to be non-existent in past Bond pictures. Just as Bond's affiliation with M fades into oblivion as he learns of her bad judgment in the past, so does the audience's feelings for her, too.
No matter how suave Bond is, he only makes half of what makes his films memorable. The villains like Auric Goldfinger, Dr. No, and SPECTRE come into play and leave a lasting impression on us and the 007 agent. Javier Bardem as Silva walks in so effortlessly with a flamboyant charm and immediately makes Bond and us uncomfortable and nervous. The two's first scene kicks things off when Silva meets Bond and gets right in 007's face and starts caressing his thighs with his hands. Director Sam Mendes throws all caution to the wind and takes a very direct and disturbing approach with Silva. It may be weird, but it sticks.
Skyfall is a slow burner, but one that pays off at the end of its fuse. Sam Mendes, although with less action to direct, still creates a perfect balance with the action he does deliver and the right amount of character study, classic nostalgia, sexual intrigue, and the never tiring coolness that is Bond. James Bond. Skyfall gets a four out of four popcorn bags.