Flash Movie Review: Skyfall

It took me a moment to process what appeared on the movie screen before me. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie. For those who might not know, it was Dr. No back in 1962. My most vivid memory of a James Bond film was Thunderball. It was an evening showing and my parents took me to a classic movie palace. Washed in a white glow, the terra cotta building had a colorful marquee with the theater’s name flashing above in small twinkling lights. Inside there were onyx colored marble walls with a row of brass torcheres topped with an orange glow, standing like sentinels down the long hallway. Sitting in red velvet seats, the three of us felt regal as we watched the exciting movie. After all these years, I felt the same excitement while watching this new Bond movie. Daniel Craig (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Defiance) was outstanding this time around, playing an older and wiser James Bond. When a computer drive, filled with the secret identities of every British Agent, was stolen; James discovered a bigger plot was in play that personally affected M, played by Judi Dench (J. Edgar, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The surprise for me was Judi Dench; her role was rich and deep. Add in her steely blue eyes, perfect diction and brilliant acting skills; this was the best M portrayal I have ever seen. The script played tribute to the Bond heritage, allowing sly humor to filter in between the well choreographed action. One could see Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside, No Country for Old Men) relished playing the high tech villain Silva, making the character memorable. When one goes to see a James Bond movie, there are certain things that are just a given: explosive action, high tech weapons, witty dialog, elegance and hand to hand fights. No one would be disappointed by this thriller. Granted the story was far fetched but that goes with the territory. After all these years for a James Bond movie to still excite me was amazing. The character has gotten better with age, allowing a new generation of viewers to come on board. Years from now these new fans should easily remember the time they saw their first James Bond movie. Scenes with violence and blood.

 

3 1/3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 11, 2012, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I’m not, historically, a Bond fan, but this movie’s trailer did catch my eye. I’ll probably wait for the DVD, but your review is kicking me over into the will-watch category.

  2. I just saw it this afternoon. It did not disappoint. The movie followed the Bond templet to the letter. I was taken aback by the 50 year emblem as well.

  3. Have to admit, Daniel Craig has not quite grabbed me as James Bond. I would have preferred Hugh Jackman.

  4. I think Judi Dench is brilliant too, I’ve never watched a performance from her I didn’t love. One of my favourites from her is from the movie Tea with Mussollini, a beautiful film with the amazing bonus of entertaining performances from so many talented people, including Maggi Smith, Cher and Lily Tomlin.

    From the trailer, I’m wondering if Javier Bardem was channeling John Malkovich haha! He reminded me of him here.

    I haven’t seen Skyfall yet, and am looking forward to seeing it now. Thanks for the review!

  5. Thanks for reviewing this, I am about to see it as I do like my “James”. It sounds great, and after the last one which I did not like I am again enthusiastic to see this one. Ute x

  6. I’m looking forward to seeing this one too – thanks for the review (it’s nice to read one without spoilers!). In the beginning, I wasn’t convinced by the casting of Craig in Bond but I’ve been really impressed with his portrayal of the character. He is the best Bond since Connery (although I do like Roger Moore’s movies too, being a child of the 70s…)

    • Thank you for stopping by my movie review blog. Also, thanks for noticing I try not to give too much info on the movie. I believe movies should be freshly watched with no preconceived notions. And yes, Craig does this franchise proud since Sean Connery.

  7. I just saw this movie yesterday and I loved it! My dad loves watching 007. I’m not a huge fan, but after watching Skyfall, I’m hooked. I love how Craig brings a rough and “I don’t care” attitude to the Bond character. I used to think Sean Connery portrayed Bond the best, but now I’m in love with Daniel Craig’s version.

  8. Great flick and review!! Bond movies are a timeless franchise though I loved the treatment of everyone getting a little older in Skyfall. Much more interesting than a parade of beautiful people with no speaking parts… but that’s from a woman’s perspective! My 9 year old is lining himself up to play Bond after who ever follows on from Craig. He figures he’ll be old enough by then. Imagine being the mother of James Bond! Love it. Thanks for stopping in and liking my photo at yvettemaubusson.

    • I hope your son’s dream comes true and he finds a part for you in his next picture. You are right about the getting older factor; it was brilliant thinking. Thank you for your comments.

  9. I loved this film. It might be the best and my most favorite Craig-Bond film yet!

  10. This was surprisingly my favorite 007 movie. I’d be surprised if Craig has any doubters after his performance in Skyfall.

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