Rishi's Review of Skyfall

  • 21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

    Skyfall (2012)

    James Bond has come a long way since the days of "Dr. No" and this couldn't be more evident since Daniel Craig stepped in to those shoes in 2006. What we have now is a new Bond, not one that many faithful to previous incarnations may take a liking to but what truly seems to be what is needed for the times we live in if he is to retain any relevance. "Skyfall"is unlike any Bond movie that we have seen and at the same time quite old fashioned. You have a sense of the old Bond in glimpses albeit and at the same time you think this isn't the Bond we have come to know. Full marks to Sam Mendes for pulling this off successfully, Marc Forster did make a honourable attempt the last time around but didn't quite get it right. The keyword here seems to be "personal", for once we have a baddie not hell bent on blowing up the world to smithereens but out on a personal vendetta and with Bond we finally know where it all began. This isn't drama all the way, hell no! you have some of the best action set pieces ever seen, the opening sequence is killer and the title song one of the best in years (can Adele do any wrong?). Sam Mendes managed to gather quiet an illustrious bunch of artists for this outing which is understandable for the first Oscar winning director to ever helm a Bond project, besides the regulars we have Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and good old Albert Finney. Bardem is one helluva baddie and takes off from where he left at "No country for old men", the first confrontation scene with Bond is bound to go down in history as a classic. I wondered what Fiennes was doing here, seemed like an awful waste till the conclusion (A spoiler I am not revealing). Dench and Craig are excellent as always. Craig seems to have evolved quite a bit since Royale and I do seriously hope he continues for at least a couple of more outings. Though this may not be the Bond that purists identify with but this is definitely the one we deserve!

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