Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as 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.
Bond is back in this visually stunning, action packed film that has a neat reminder that sometimes the old ways are the best. In typical Bond film fashion, it flits between the old and the new, staying true to the original franchise while including some new and exciting material.
Bond fans won’t be disappointed by Skyfall, which has brought the franchise back to Bond, unlike its predecessor Quantum of Solace which has been criticised as being one of, if not the worst Bond film. Skyfall is full of thrills, with action aplenty. Its smartly written with some clever and subtle humour. There was a sense of hyperconsciousness as well, particularly within the dialogue, in which there were sometimes little hints of criticism towards previous films, particularly when characters referred to the line “sometimes the old ways are the best”.
With a stellar cast the performances were fantastic as always; Judi Dench and Daniel Craig are the obvious stars, but for me Javier Bardem stood out as one of the best performances. Ralph Fiennes was also very good.
For me the best part of the film was the final sequence, when Bond revisited his childhood home where he watched his parents die. The house is beautiful, and the scenery is fantastic. It looks a lot like the house in The Woman in Black, and has an eerie beauty about it which really adds something to the film. The vast, dark moorland around the house is such a genius setting for such a powerful ending, and the shots are stunning. When the house is in flames, the orange tint it gives the darkness is really effective, and there were some great camera shots in there that made the entire thing look and feel authentic and exciting.
The locations used are amazing, there are several parts of the film that are almost jaw droppingly beautiful to watch; it was obviously very well thought out. Roger Deakins, cinematographer of many well known, visually beautiful films like The Shawshank Redemption, did a fantastic job with Skyfall, and it is probably the most visually stunning film I’ve seen all year.
Its safe to say Skyfall is well worth a watch. Bond fans will not be disappointed, and non-Bond fans like myself will still enjoy it as a genuinely exciting and enjoyable film.