Skyfall It’s good . . . real good
By Jayson Burns
Whenever someone thinks of the secret agent, odds are they’ll think of Bond, James Bond. He’s suave, dangerous and sometimes really cheesy. Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to differentiate his legit movies from his parodies. This is nowhere near the case with Skyfall, a Bond film that keeps what made the classics great while also taking itself seriously.
After a list of every agent undercover falls into the hands of cyber terrorist and ex-MI6 agent Silva (Javier Bardem), James Bond (Daniel Craig) must track the criminal down before he releases the information over the internet. The situation becomes more complicated when it’s revealed Silva has something special planned for M (Judi Dench), the veteran director of MI6. Both Bond and M, however, may not be up to the task after so many years of fighting.
Skyfall shares much of its plot from previous Bond films, which is to be expected after 50 years of movies, but the presentation of it is more than enough to look past it. All of the characters have some strong chemistry between each other, particularly Bond and M whose relationship hadn’t really been explored in the Pierce Brosnan movies. Everything that happens in the story happens for a reason (though it does feel a bit long at times), and though it resorts to a plot device that’s been seen so many times before it’s all pretty engaging. The one major issue is the resolution of the character of Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe), mainly because there isn’t any.
It’s funny to look back and see all of the early criticisms of Daniel Craig as Bond when in Skyfall he captures the wit and determination of the character so well. What’s interesting is even in scenes where he has no lines and is standing off to the side like an extra, he still looks like James Bond. Judi Dench is also great as M, making an elderly woman actually pretty intimidating. Silva is probably one of the best Bond villains seen lately, as Javier Bardem shows his character’s own determination while also adding a love of the chase as well. The rest of the cast is good as well, which is surprising given how many characters there are vying for screen time.
What many people go to a Bond movie for is to see the cool gadgets the agent uses. Here, however, Bond is only given a gun that only he can use and a small radio. At first this seems a little cheap, but seeing Bond and the others use more conventional and creative tools to get the job done makes up for it. The action scenes are also put together well, being fast-paced but still comprehensible, as is the usually cryptic and artsy intro sequence. And like with every Bond movie, it’s nice to see both the exotic and rundown places the mission takes him.
Skyfall puts to rest any concern that the many stories of James Bond are finished.