Sunday, November 18, 2012
Skyfall review; an instant Bond classic
Instant classic? A term that is used all too often, when it shouldn't be. But specifically speaking to the 50 year history of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall is truly an instant classic. It's Sam Mendes' turn to direct the legendary British spy franchise. It stars Daniel Craig as 007 for the third time (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace). Judi Dench also returns as M. There are also newcomers to the franchise. Ralph Fiennes (who was rumored to play 007 before Craig), joins the franchise in a great supporting role. Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe are lucky enough to call themselves the new "Bond girls". Ben Whishaw plays the great character of Q, producer of all of Bond's gadgets. Last but not least, Javier Bardem plays one of the most memorable Bond villains in cinema history. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Roger Deakins will be nominated for an Academy Award for his work on this film. It is one of the most beautiful looking films of the year; and easily among the best looking Bond films in the franchise. There are a lot of memorable scenes, but the one that sticks in mind involves Bond fighting another man atop a skyscraper. All we see are the men's silhouettes, while an amazing light show plays behind them. It's stunning to look at and forces you to focus on the story being told on screen.
Thomas Newman recorded such a great score for this film. It plays perfectly with the action on the screen. A chase scene through a subway station gets the blood pumping all way to the finish. Then there are scenes involving Bond and his ladies that swiftly tells a love story. Just awesome! I can't wait to buy this soundtrack.
The Dark Knight Effect
There are a lot of similarities between the Christopher Nolan classic, The Dark Knight, and Skyfall. I wont talk about it in too much detail. But I will tell you that the two films contain the following similarities: the score, the villain, the tone and specific plot points. It's almost impossible to ignore. For a spoiler-filled comparison, click here to read Lewis Wallace of Wired, explain in great detail.
What I didn't like about the film:
An Instant Bond Classic