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December 22, 2016
Excellent movie of course.
December 6, 2016
My all time favorite James Bond it's gritty and if feel like it a little more seriously then some other James bonds
December 1, 2016
Did the impossible by besting Casino Royale.
Higher and more realistic stakes than previous installments. The action scenes are top notch. Javier Bardem's villain is one of, if not the, best villain in a Bond film. Acting is great all round. And for any of those who didn't like Casino Royale because the lack of gadgets, Skyfall starts adding in some gear that adds flair, but keeps them grounded in reality.
November 30, 2016
Skyfall competes with Goldfinger as one of the greatest Bond movies ever made.
Super Reviewer
November 28, 2016
In a recent Ultimate Movie Review Twitter Poll, I asked you what your favorite James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig was and you chose Skyfall. For me this was a hard choice, because Daniel Craig seems as though he was born to play James Bond. All the films he's done have been fantastic, but I can see why Skyfall won. This film stands out for many reasons, most importantly it gives us a rare look into the childhood of James Bond and for the rarest of moments we see Bond scared and on the edge of possibly giving up, but you know how the story ends, he's James Bond. If you missed Skyfall, the film is like many other stories, where an old enemy reappears, but in this case, the enemy isn't looking for world domination, he's looking for revenge against his former employers, the British Government and in particular the Double 0 program. Bond films are often times so similar that we tend to rate them based on the villain and the song, well, the song doesn't get better than the gem produced by Adele, but what about Javier Bardem? He is an Academy Award winner and for good cause, this dude was one of the scarier Bond villains to come around in a long time. The others in the Craig Bond movies were some pretty bad guys, who had done some horrible things, but no one was what anyone would call truly scary, not like the villains used to be. Bardem had that special something though, that not only made him a bad guy, but that kind of bad guy that can make audiences cringe. The Bottom Line, Skyfall wasn't my pick, but it was a close second, as this was probably the most personal and emotional Bond film perhaps in the entire series. Daniel Craig is still very much at his best, Javier Bardem is a villain who will always rank in the top ten, and who better to sing a bond theme than Adele. Wheather or not you picked Skyfall, there is no question that it is one of those Bond films that won't ever be forgotten.
November 21, 2016
best of the Daniel Craig series for sure
November 20, 2016
Easily the best Bond film of all.
November 20, 2016
One word, Awesome! This is how James Bond movies should be made. Not Hokie, back to its roots and most of all, realistic! One could imagine this taking place in today's society.
November 13, 2016
This James Bond movie has an eye catching title, which is we expected it as a high quality movie. Turns out, that expectation isn't wrong, Skyfall brings a whole new level of agency and espionage.
November 7, 2016
Casino Royale marked the much needed reinvention of the traditional Bond formula. Skyfall uses that as a jumping off point to completely turn the formula inside out. Delving into darker themes and striving for realism and genuine emotion with dashes of the smirking humour that the characters is known for, Skyfall is not only one of the greatest films in the series, its an amazing FILM period.
October 31, 2016
A bond film that lives up to expectations - a rare thing. As good as Casino Royale marginally better than Spectre. Let's try to forget Q of S.
October 29, 2016
Did fall asleep but i knew where i left off , a good sign that it was a very enjoyable movie , nice teathconstruction for Javier Bardem ! SOMDVD
½ October 21, 2016
"Skyfall" is loaded with jaw-dropping awesome stunts and special effects, one of the most beautiful and tragic Bond girls ever--the stunning Bérénice Marlohe, and a brilliant theme song from the fabulously talented Adele and producer Paul Epworth lushly orchestrated by J.A.C. Redford. There is sizzling homo erotic tension between Daniel Craig's perfect Bond and Javier Bardem's Silva, a villain the likes of which have never been seen in this franchise. Dame Judi Dench's marvelous "M" is set up for retirement from the onset of the film. Dench, who has portrayed M for seven Bond films--a record- -is given the screen time she deserves to honor her character. While Craig's "Casino Royale" remains my favorite with its bloody and raw portrayal of the spy business and most tender Bond romance since "On Her Magesty's Secret Service," "Skyfall" is full and satisfying and among the best films of its kind released this season.
½ October 17, 2016
This movie was amazing. Not as good as Daniel Craig's "Casino Royale". But he is an amazing actor and makes one hell of a James Bond. A must watch Action film.
October 15, 2016
"We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" (IMDB). This quote is said by M, played by Judi Dench, in Sam Mendes' 2012 movie, Skyfall. The movie stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris. Along with director Sam Mendes, the screenwriters are Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan. Skyfall is an enjoyable movie because the plot is enhanced by the action.

When James Bond goes into hiding after a mission goes wrong, MI6 is attacked by an unknown terrorist. The leader of MI6, M, is determined to find the person responsible, but she knows she needs Bond's help. Armed with skills and intelligence, Bond must find the villain before it is too late.

The suspense in the movie helps to make it more exciting for the audience. It makes the audience ask, "What is going to happen next?", and keep watching. For example, the beginning of the movie begins with James Bond and Moneypenny chasing a bad guy. Bond and the bad guy end up fighting each other on top of a train and Moneypenny has to shoot the bad guy in order to save Bond, but she does not have a clear shot. In this scene, the suspense reaches its peak when M, the head of MI6, demands Moneypenny to take the shot. As a result, Moneypenny fires but the bullet hits Bond by mistake. Another example is when Bond fights a bad guy in a skyscraper in Shanghai. Bond pushes the bad guy out of a window, catches him in the nick of time, and demands to know who he works for. In this scene, the suspense reaches its peak when Bond loses his grip and the bad guy falls to his death. Lastly, another example is how the plot reveals Bond's past. When Bond and M are in Scotland, M asks Bond if this was where he grew up. After Bond says yes, M says that "orphans always make the best recruits". The audience can infer that Bond's parents died, but the movie does not tell the audience the cause of death. This scene adds to the mystery of Bond's past.

The action in the movie helps to make it stand out among the other Bond movies. Also, the elaborate action scenes that the Bond movies are known for puts the audience at the edge of their seats. For example, Bond uses a crane to jump into a train car and fixes his sleeve cuff. These out-of-the-box actions help Bond create an identity for himself as a risk taking secret agent with charisma. Also, the action in this scene helps the movie stand out among the other Bond movies. Another example is when Bond captures Silva on a remote island. Bond defeats Silva's henchmen, but Silva does not think that Bond can arrest him on his own. Meanwhile, Bond used a radio to call in helicopters in order to bring Silva and himself back to London. This is a good example because Bond outsmarts his enemy in a dramatic way.

The characters in the movie help to engage the audience by cheering on the good guys and loathing the bad guys. In addition, each actor and actress play their respective role expertly from beginning to end. For example, the villain, Silva, does not present himself as a stereotypical movie bad guy. On the outside, Silva likes to manipulate people in order to get what he wants with his arrogance and sense of entitlement. However, on the inside, Silva is a cold, calculating maniac who seeks nothing but revenge. Another example is James Bond. After what happened to Bond in the beginning of the movie, Bond went into hiding in order to recover from his injury. However, he chooses to use alcohol to forget about the mission and he feels betrayed by M. After seeing news that the MI6 headquarters was attacked, Bond decides to pick himself up and travel back to London. Bond goes back to London because he knows MI6 needs his help and he wants to exact revenge on whoever attacked the agency. Another example is M, the head of MI6, because she is trying to do the best that she can for the agency and for her country. When she meets with Mallory, a chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, M tells him that she will retire when they find who was responsible for the attack and convict the terrorist. M stands tall because she takes pride in her work and wants the best for her country.

The dialogue in the movie serves to set the tone for a scene or have the audience believe that something will happen. Also, the dialogue reveals more about a character's personality. For example, Bond is chasing Silva in the subway tunnel. Silva says, "Well, you caught me, now, here's your prize, the latest thing from my local toy store, it's called radio." An explosion ruptures a hole in a wall near Bond and he shouts sarcastically to Silva, "I do hope that wasn't for me!" Then, Silva says coldly, "No. But that is..." and a train car crashes through the wall almost hitting Bond, in the process. This scene with the hero and the villain makes the audience want to see the moment when the villain gets his comeuppance. In addition, Silva uses cruel irony when he mentions the "radio" because Bond used a radio earlier in the movie when Silva was arrested. Another example is when Bond returns to London and M catches him in her home. M is told by Bond, "So this is it. We're both played out", and M replies, "Well, if you believe that, why did you come back?". Bond says, "Good question", and M answers that question by stating, "Because we're under attack. And you know we need you." Bond says rudely, "Well, I'm here". By this scene, the audience can tell that Bond is still walking around with a chip on his shoulder because he was shot, by mistake, on his last assignment. Also, Bond knows that M is right and he should focus on the problem at hand.

While Skyfall has received critical acclaim from critics and fans, one critic, Cameron Williams, gave negative feedback on Daniel Craig's portrayal of Bond by saying, "Craig's Bond is a dull, advertising meat sack. The franchise has always been plagued by product placement but when he's slowly pulling back on a specific brand of beer or randomly putting on designer sunglasses while being held hostage it's clear that Craig's performance as a walking billboard is as good as it gets" (Williams). However, this claim overlooks Craig's performance as Bond because Williams only focuses on the advertising aspect of the character. Williams gives little to no credit on Craig's acting and effort. An example of Craig's performance is the scene at the casino between Bond and Severine. The audience can tell that Bond wants to help Severine, but Severine warns Bond that her employer is an evil man. In this scene, the audience sees that Craig's performance of Bond expresses genuine concern for Severine. Another example of Craig's performance is the scene where Bond is interrogating the assassin in Shanghai. The audience can tell by Bond's actions and choice of words that Bond will do anything in his power to know who the assassin works for. Bond is furious that he loses his grip and causes the assassin to fall to his death because it will make it more difficult for Bond to know where to look next. Another example of Craig's performance is the scene where Bond meets the new Q in an art gallery before going on another assignment to Shanghai. The audience can tell that Bond and Q jokingly throw witty remarks about each other's age before formally introducing themselves. Also, the audience can infer that by this meeting, Bond and Q can trust each other in future assignments.

Cameron Williams delivered another negative claim about Skyfall by stating that, "Instead of forging ahead with something new, the film relies on gags and references to previous Bond films with familiar cars, gadgets and one liners that proves it's only as good as your fondness of the franchise will allow" (Williams). However, this opinion generalizes Skyfall as "just another James Bond movie" because the movie scratches the surface on Bond's past. Also, this movie marks the final time Judi Dench plays as M in future James Bond movies. The audience learns about a new person who takes the role as M and a new person who takes the role as Q, the quartermaster. New characters in Skyfall helped to make a clean slate for the movie and its sequel. Skyfall did not make use of one liners, but the dialogue did use elements of dramatic irony and quick-witted conversations. An example of dramatic irony is when Silva is running from Bond in the subway tunnels. Silva mentions "the radio" in the same way like when Bond uses a radio to capture Silva on the island. An example of a quick-witted conversation is the meeting between Bond and Q, the new quartermaster, at the art museum before Bond goes to Shanghai. Bond and Q poke fun about each other before getting to the matter at hand. Another example of a witty conversation is when the doctor asks Bond about word associations during Bond's tests. Even though Bond cooperates, he manages to insult M without hesitation because he is still angry about the failed mission early in the movie. In addition, Bond walks out on the test when the doctor says the word, "Skyfall". The audience can infer that Bond does not like to mention the word, but the audience does not know why.

Skyfall is a must see movie for any fan of James Bond movies, young and old. In addition, it is a superb action movie for anyone who likes the action genre or is simply a casual moviegoer.
October 13, 2016
a master peace in every sense of the world . a stunning film that more than makes up for the lacklustre showing of Quantum Of Solace. Skyfall 007 at his best.
½ October 9, 2016
Javier Bardem would have to be one of the greatest bad guy character actors in cinematic history
½ September 18, 2016
Critics must be smoking crack or sucking the producers dyck! Worst f_cking Bond EVER!
September 18, 2016
This is an amazing film with the incredible Judi Dench
September 15, 2016
Daniel Craig masterpiece. Quality villain and great ending. Why oh Why did they mess up Spectre
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