Film: ‘Skyfall’ keeps Bond coming strong

By Nathan Gordon | ng312310@ohiou.edu | @GordonRises
Skyfall | Directed by Sam Mendes | Rated PG-13
RATING: 3.5/5

First Words

Before seeing Skyfall, I thought the previous films where Daniel Craig played the iconic role of James Bond were both good. After seeing Skyfall, the film is yet another successful addition to the Craig-led Bond films

Plot

While trying to recover a hard drive that has a list of all NATO’s undercover agents, Bond meets his death…well, that is what’s thought to be the case. After learning that the agents on the list he coveted are being killed, Bond must come out of hiding to find the man behind it all. Things won’t be any easier this time around because Bond is physically and mentally off of his game and he must protect M (Judi Dench) since the sought after mad-man has it out for her.

Positives
When you think of Bond films, one thing that should quickly pop into your head is action; Skyfall makes sure that thought stays in your head after seeing it. The action scenes in this movie are nothing short of entertaining. One scene towards the end of the film involves areas of a house being rigged in a way to take the place of a gun. When you see the movie, you’ll get what I’m talking about and see how the idea turned into something cool to watch. Director Sam Mendes also does a great job of shooting the scenes in a way where everything is clearly seen and the length of the scenes aren’t too short or too long. The action pieces aren’t the only thing visually interesting to watch. Skyfall is another Bond film that gives us some visually appealing opening credits but this time the theme song by Adele adds a special touch. When it comes to how the story plays out, I’m glad to see the direction it went. I don’t want to spoil it but I like when a franchise changes the structure that  they have been accustomed to. It’s something that is needed to be refreshing.

The cast of Skyfall does the film justice. Craig, again as Agent 007, continues to show that he was meant to wear the nice suites and drive those fancy cars. His demeanor always gives off that he has everything under control and that’s what I want to see from the famous character. Javier Bardem is also great in the villainous role of Silva but after seeing No Country for Old Men I have expected nothing less.

Negatives

I just mentioned how Bardem was a bright spot in the film. While that is true, the film could have handled his character somewhat better. I say that because his character Silva doesn’t appear until an hour into the film. Bardem’s talents should have been used more and brought forth sooner. Also, his character doesn’t seem to stay consistent with his computer hacker persona. I don’t know how it would have been possible but I would like to have seen the skills Silva performed to get noticed by MI6 play a bigger role in the finale. The Bond girl characters were also lacking screen time. When you think of James Bond, you think of a Bond girl. To keep up with tradition, I wish a Bond girl was more established in the film by having more camera time and a bigger role in the story. In Skyfall, the two Bond girls, Eve (Naomie Harris) and Sévérine

(Bérénice Marlohe), should have had more screen time.
Pacing in the film was also a problem. Between the exciting action sequences, there were too many slow paced scenes. At times the dialogue did a decent job distracting us from the slow paced scenes but other times, I was just sitting in my seat anticipating the next time Bond rides a motorcycle, or some type of vehicle, through a window or something along those lines. Pacing becomes an increasing problem in a movie that is longer than 2 hours.

Last Words
Skyfall’s large scale action scenes make it a must-see for those who love James Bond films of the past and for those who just love seeing action movies. Seeing Skyfall in IMAX will only add to the enjoyment. Daniel Craig’s take on James Bond has become a character I look forward to seeing whenever a new Bond film comes out. Since Craig is signed on to do a couple more films for the franchise, I look forward to see if Craig can still bring the same excitement to the role.

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