Once again, Daniel Craig resumes the role of 007 James Bond in the newly released Skyfall. This film is a James Bond reboot of sorts, and a reinvention of the character we have loved for almost 50 years. Skyfall gets back to the basics that Bond fans are familiar with, such as the always alluring “Bond girl”, the quick 007 comebacks, and the stylish British vocabulary from our favorite spy. This film creates its own story, separate from the previous Daniel Craig films, and involves a lot of changes to the recent MI6 structure we have come to know. Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, and Ben Whishaw.
The most recent Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, kick off the beginning of James Bond’s career as a younger, up and coming rookie MI6 agent, who experiences love, loss, and physical confrontations he must overcome to survive. In Skyfall, 007 is still growing into himself, but there is a layer of experience and wear-and-tear as we witness an aging James Bond, once again fighting back against all odds to save England, MI6 (British Secret Intelligence Service), and the ones closest to him. Skyfall takes place in present day and gives a fresh look at James Bond while transitioning into the Bond of old. The audience is met with Bond’s new quartermaster, “Q”, a young, smart, computer nerd, who instantly establishes a connection with 007. We also meet a wide range of other characters that will forever change the MI6 family.
Audiences will be very impressed with Skyfall. This film is an action-packed, redesigned James Bond thriller that will leave you excited for the future of the franchise. Skyfall takes a very unique, but all too familiar perspective on the life and progression of James Bond. It introduces us to new characters we have never heard of and we learn more about 007’s past. The film also features some familiar “Bond” characters not present in recent installments. Skyfall continues to get better as the film goes on. Javier Bardem plays a creepy, psychotic villain, while Daniel Craig once again amazes the audience as 007. We do however see a very aging Judi Dench, both as an actress and as a declining “M”.
Skyfall has almost everything you could be looking for in a Bond film. There are several outrageous action scenes, and 007 is his usual indestructible self. The music is incredible and the acting performances all around are excellent. Skyfall is by no means an award-winning film, but it offers pure entertainment and much to appreciate for a Bond fan. I rate this film a 3.8 out of 5 and recommend Skyfall to anyone who enjoys the Bond franchise or good action movies. Skyfall is rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, some sexuality, language and smoking. The film runs 2 hours and 23 minutes.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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