Thursday, November 01, 2012

SKYFALL MOVIE REVIEW

Film: Skyfall (English) -JamesBond Film
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney
Music: Thomas Newman, "Skyfall" performed by Adele
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Written by: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Based on: James Bond by Ian FlemingEditing: Stuart Baird
Director: Sam Mendes
Producers: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara BroccoliStudio: Eon Productions, Danjaq LLC
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures
Release date: 23 October 2012 (London, premiere),26 October 2012 (United Kingdom), 1 November 2012(India)
Running time: 143 minutes
Budget:$150 million
Box office: $96,600,000
Watched Theater: Screen 2, Harihar Cinema's ,Guntur
Rating: 4 / 5

James Bond New film Skyfall Movie Review:
Sam Mendes, the director of the latest James Bond film, plays with your mind with his films. He had done it in ‘American Beauty’ and ‘The Revolutionary Road’ and now he does it in ‘Skyfall’, albeit through the antagonist. In spite of having slick gadgets, the best secret agent on board, Mendes evolves a story which is heavily dependent on psychological mind games- where each character has an internal battle to fight.

Story:
The rugged, raw 007 (Daniel Craig) is forced to come back from the dead, after the headquarters of MI6 is targeted in London and internal security system of the secret service of Britain, which contains classified information, is hacked. M(Judi Dench), heading the secret service wants her best agent back on the field, even though he is pronounced ‘unfit’ after a series of test are conducted on him.

On the lookout of a possible terrorist, Bond travels to Shanghai and Macau only to encounter a maverick, abnormally blonde and a menacing Silva (Javier Bardem) who is the mastermind of the recent terror attacks. Silva happens to be a former agent - one of the best at his time which M reluctantly admits later, who turned against her. The man of course has his own agenda. He has been wronged and is out to seek revenge.  

Artists Performance:
Daniel Craig exudes raw sex appeal and his machismo makes Bond a delectable character. The film makes the most famous secret agent appear very real. He has his own set of insecurities; he fumbles with weapons after coming back to work after a sabbatical, fails physical tests and fights his own childhood demons. And Craig is just perfect for the role.

The film also makes the villain, Javier Bardem, appear larger than life and ‘bigger’ than the hero. Just like Heath Ledger’s Joker act surpassed Batman in ‘The Dark Knight’, Mendes makes Silva a menacing hero in many of the frames. And what a superb evil hero Bardem makes! With blonde hair and eyebrows, Bardem gives a brilliant performance as the crazy, lunatic, venomous Silva who makes you cringe and laugh at the same time. He is smooth and even makes Bond uncomfortable with his ‘ways’.

Among the women, talented actress Judi Dench gets a meaty role as M, and mouths poetry and reprimands Bond with equal élan. The other two, Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, have very dismal appearances.

Technical and Other Departments:
Punchy one-liners, designer costumes, the best cinematography that money can buy and stunts that will no doubt be imitated extensively -- Skyfall has them all. But wait. This slick spy versus mega-megalomaniacs may have all that the script doctors ordered - but with a difference. The result is not the usual formulaic, superficial action film. It has a dark edge, which may not be cheered universally. There's a shade of bitterness and a doom-laden undercurrent in the plot, which was to be expected perhaps from director Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for American Beauty.

Movie Analysis:
The film isn’t just about Bond. It is about his and M’s relationship, it is about M and her journey over the years as the head of secret service and it is about Silva who has a personal vendetta which spills out on the streets of London. The film also takes Bond back to the basics. And it is very beautifully depicted in a scene where Q hands over a radio transmitter and gun to the secret agent and quips, “What did you expect, an exploding pen? We don’t go in for that anymore.” In its 50th year, Mendes throws around certain retro surprises, makes Bond use a hunting rifle in the climax and connects old dots of the popular series beautifully.

Final View:
Skyfall is worth a look right away because it's a cut above the pop-cornish Bond, reassuring us that cinema would just not be the same without the periodic reappearance of the spy with the licence to storm the ticket counters.

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