The opening shot of “Skyfall” says it all. James bond jumps into frame in a blurry stylistic shot that says “I’m still James Bond, but now, with a lot more to offer the audience”.
This is a new Bond film that stays true to a lot of the classic Bond elements. I am perfectly aware of the vast population of people who disagree with that, however I think they are distracted by misunderstood jokes and the amazing cinematography.
“Skyfall” has a clever way of poking fun at old Bond films, while still respecting them in their entirety. I do not think any die hard Bond fans will be will insulted. They are too funny and the classic Bond themes are brought back in a delicious cocktail of class and wit. Or perhaps I should say shaken not stirred Martini... Ok back to the review
“Skyfall” is shot the best of any Bond movie by far. This is an unarguable statement... Well, In my opinion. From start to finish, the shots and lighting make this a fresh take on classic idea. As well as a fresh take on action movies in general. Well, at least fresh compared to the last 10 years of mindless “shaky cam” action films.
The shot to look for: My personal favorite shot had a lot to do with the lighting … or lack thereof. A static shot where all that can be seen is the shadows of Bond and the villain surrounded by a blue hue. Look for it, for… I was sitting in my seat with my mouth slowly dropping.
“Skyfall” brings a style to Bond movies that really has never been done in any other Bond film. The movie focused more on the characters and plot rather than JUST a clever script and action sequences. Director Sam Mendes gave every actor the attention they needed, and was sure the camera work brought the style to explicate their performances.
Javier Bardem, who plays the main villain in the film, is introduced in a two-minute monologue without camera cuts. That’s impressive in any film, much less a bond film. Those of you familiar with Bardem’s past performances know that he really can take the scene to another level. In “Skyfall,” Bardem does just that while, perhaps establishing himself as one of the best Bond villains ever to take screen.
The “Bond girl” (Bérénice Marlohe) is, of course, stunningly gorgeous, but is only in the film about 15 minutes. Hmm, a Bond movie not lead by “will get the girl?” Though it’s painful to watch her go, I think it was a good call and an interesting take on the role of the “Bond girl”. Unfortunately, besides her beauty, she really did not add much to the plot. However I’d argue that that was the point.
For the kids: It may capture their attention in some scenes, but the plot may bore the young ones.
For the teens and college crowd: I think they will enjoy this Daniel Craig Bond more than any other. This will make them proud of their generation of Bond.
For the adults: The references to old Bonds will entertain and the strong plot and fantastic acting will keep you riveted.
Rating: Lighting extraordinaire and colleague of mine Jonathan Antone, came up with the rating: 007 out of 007. Rather clever, for all I could come up with was 10/10 exploding pens. Exploding pens or not, this is a fantastic addition to the Bond legacy. I may be risking my neck with this next comment BUT... “Skyfall” is arguably the BEST Bond movie to ever take the screen. There I said it! Want to disagree with me? Send in those letters to the editor.