[Quick Review of] Skyfall (2012)


Release Date: November 9, 2012

Director: Sam Mendes

Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris

Runtime: 143 min

You may be happy to know that I know want to check out other Bond films, now.

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

I’m not sure how well this stands in the shadow of the other twenty-two Bond films, but on its own, it stands tall and proud. It is the finest action film of the year. The film is very easy to follow, and if the viewer hasn’t seen any of the Bond films, they wouldn’t get lost at all. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) brings some great direction to this. The cinematography and effects are great, and the opening sequence/Adele’s song “Skyfall” is just very compelling.

Skyfall is totally compelling and its pacing is just great. The only thing that’s a little disappointing about the film is Javier Bardem doesn’t show up until after the first hour mark. His presence is really worth the wait, though. The mood of his character is set the first time he hits the big screen: He’s a brilliant, creepy, crazy man. The relationship between Silva (Bardem) and M. is mysterious, unusual and very interesting. He seems like an incredible Bond villain, and he is one of the greatest criminal masterminds of recent memory. I haven’t seen this great of a villain, and this great of a portrayal, since Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter. Each actor owns their role, and they portray them with the confidence and ease that is required of them.

The humour and the story offered is great, and this one seems much more satisfying than Quantum of Solace.

Bond has some great love interests. There are really intense action sequences that are just awesome and often nerve-racking. This is the most memorable, and the best, action film of the year, and it is one of the greatest cinematic adventures of the year.


22 thoughts on “[Quick Review of] Skyfall (2012)

  1. “He seems like an incredible Bond villain” From someone who’s seen all the other 22, let me assure you, he IS an incredible Bond Villain. LOL 😀

    Glad you like this one, the Bond franchise is a pretty rich treasure trove of fun movies, sometimes goofy and campy, at other times classic films, and now… modern kick ass action. I’d pick a movie starting with the word “Gold” (Goldfinger, Goldeneye) if you havent seen either of those.

    Mendes did do a great job, here, indeed. Glad to hear it comes across well to those who aren’t so well acquainted with the series!! 😀

    1. Does he crack the top five? I’ll make sure to check those out, I’ve only seen Die Another Day and a few scenes of Casino Royale. I did love the action, and I appreciated the comedy in it, too! Mendes did a great job, and the editing is great! That edited opening credits deserves an Oscar on its own…

      1. Silva? He might be the best! LOL. Easily top five.

        Wow, then you’ve got a lot of cool stuff to check out. Be sure to start with the good ones though. They’ll make the… others…. more tolerable. 😀

      2. LOL really? That’s really awesome. Lol okay, what’s the top five best? 😀 (I’ll keep the number low so you don’t have to name off too many, haha!)

    1. Thanks, Chris! Yeah, I’d really like to see others. I think my dad has the majority of the collection on VHS, so I’ll have to give a few of them a spin in the old VCR one of these days. I really want to check out Casino Royale soon.

  2. Nice review, Daniel. I’m not a huge Bond fan, but I like the last three movies with Craig. I would watch those in order. The older ones are very different in tone for the most part. Some people grew up with, and prefer, the campy style. Did you see Bardem in No Country for Old Men?

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