Written by Dorrin Gingerich
James Bond (Daniel Craig) is in hot pursuit of the thief who stole a computer drive with the list of all undercover British agents. Eve (Naomie Harris), an agent assigned to assist Bond takes position to shoot the thief. But at this point Bond is in a life or death struggle with the thief. She doesn't have a clean shot, but due to the extremely high stakes M (Judi Dench) orders Eve to take the shot anyway. Unfortunately she misses, it hits Bond who then falls into a river. Bond eventually returns to MI6 after several months of being presumed dead. His loyalty to M is immediately brought to the test as the agency tries to force M to retire due to the hard drive fiasco. Around this same time, someone from M's murky past come back to haunt her.
What Worked - Bond is back and better than ever which probably isn't that hard to do considering that Quantum of Salace was such a letdown for so many fans. But putting all that aside, this is definitely one of the best Bond films I've ever seen. The plot is very engrossing, it hardly ever misses a beat. With Daniel Craig reprising his role as James Bond, this is probably the rawest we've ever seen this character, as he struggles with his own inner demons. Along with that we finally discover a little bit more about this mysterious man's childhood. Moving on to the marvelous Judi Dench who plays M, she must now face head on some of her past mistakes. These two stellar actors are joined by some new faces, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory and Ben Whishaw as a much younger Q. But all of these performances may be overshadowed by Bond's new adversary, Silva played flawlessly by Javier Bardem. He's a attention seeking computer hacker who loves to talk. I really love Javier Bardem's performance. He's smart and creepy and his character just made sense. We also have the pleasure of meeting the new Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe as Severine. She has a fantastic scene with Bond in a Asian casino. It's actually a very quiet one but it's the terrific dialog that holds your attention. Which brings me to my next point, the was writing is superb. Scenes in which two people are just simply talking could become boring with the wrong writer. The dialog in most cases seems to drive the movie adding more than just puns to James Bond's vocabulary. As Skyfall progresses it becomes more and more apparent that a true artist is at the helm of this film. Sam Mendes, the Director, not only knows how to make a film fun and entertaining, but he also tantalizes our eyes with images of beauty that seem to pop off the screen. We're also treated to one of the best Bond songs recent memory, titled Skyfall sung by Adele.
What Didn't Work - The fact that it took them four years to bring us a new Bond film.
Overall - Skyfall is the Bond film we've been waiting for. The movie's full of marvelous action sequences, that are way beyond mindless explosions and fight scenes. It's enhanced by a marvelous villain along with a riveting story. James Bond actually has some real depth. For all those hardcore James Bond fans or even a casual viewer, Skyfall is definitely worth a trip to the theater.
A Quote from the Movie -
Q - I'm your new quartermaster.
James Bond - You must be joking.
So what do you think? Will Skyfall rejuvenate the Bond series?