Skyfall (2012) Review

Skyfall is probably the best Bond film I have seen in a while and I don’t see any reason for die hard fans to be disappointed. The opening, middle and end to this film are fantastic and action filled, with a surprisingly sentimental look at the previous 50 years of Bond. Daniel Craig does a great job as Bond and Javier Bardem plays a wonderfully creepy villain even if I would have liked to have seen more of him. The story was far more 21st century than any of the other Bond films and is nice to see what direction the next installments of Bond film will be like, respectful of tradition but up to the date, serious in its thrills and some complexity in its characters but with the sense of fun that missing from the recent set of Bonds. In other words best Bond mix for while.

James Bond is back, but his loyalty is tested as M’s past comes back to haunt her. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the infamous spy franchise first started and the producers of the latest Bond film have pulled out all the stops. For the first time in the series’ history, a James Bond film is being directed by an Academy Award winner in the form of Sam Mendes, who won the award for American Beauty in Mendes has bought with him a wealth of talent – in fact, the impressive cast and crew of technical experts have 35 Academy Award nominations and five wins between them. It is no wonder that this is rumoured to be the biggest Bond ever. Filmed all over the world including Turkey and China, ‘Skyfall’ sees MI6 come under attack and Bond (Daniel Craig) dispatched to track down and destroy the threat – no matter how great the personal cost. The stellar cast also includes Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva who, after his scene-stealing performance in ‘No Country For Old Men’, will be more than a match for Craig’s Bond.

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Story: 95%       Acting: 90%      Visuals: 100%      Dialogue: 90%

Bond-ish: 100%      Style/Sound: 100%      Characters: 90%

Total: 95%

Just as always I will not be giving away any spoilers so you don’t have to worry about reading this review before seeing the film. To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was very good from the main cast and all supporting cast from James bond to the new Q. The character that is bond is studied far more by this film than anyone of the other Bond films, James is beaten and broken, he has to come back to the people who betrayed him and save them, we also get to see further into the film his past in some light (not going to spoil it). Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva is really fun to watch and is a great addition to the great bond villains, there is a scene with a one to one conversation with Silva and Bond where there is a great sense of understanding and crazy in what Silva does (not a spoiler it’s in the trailer, weird really weird). The new entries into the bond films being Ralph Fiennes as Garath Mallory (there is a spoiler here, I’ll leave it out though), Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny (didn’t get this until the end scene, diehard fans will love that scene), and lastly the new Q played by Ben Whishaw (More gadgets, God damn it!).

So let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The special effects, physical props and visual landscape shots where both excellent viewing and brilliantly immersive to the world that James Bond lives. The best thing I thought about this film’s visuals was that nothing seemed like it was done through CGI even though common sense suggests it must have been done with some. There were quite a few scenes that were massively explosive and action packed, mostly the opening scene with the train and Bond using that excavators, then the train in the subway (really doesn’t like trains) and lastly the Scotland helicopter scene (can’t go into great detail without spoiling). The chases where great and fast paced from the get go but without losing eye contact like some action films. The gadgets aren’t as numerous as other bond film but it makes up for that with a great villain and lot more humour than the darker boring past couple of films.

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The best reviews I found would be these “The Bond cocktail is given another good hard shake, and the result is not just a cracking entry in the franchise but also a fitting tribute to 007 in his fiftieth cinematic year. Cheers!” Film4. True, true and true, totally agree. “Better brace yourself for the best Bond episode in ages, thanks to Daniel Craig’s coming of age to make the role his own.” Kam Williams. He probably should have done that from the beginning but better late than never. “Conveys the melancholy of loss, mortality, and future-shock anxiety, while at the same time leaving us plenty of space to enjoy one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history.” Lisa Schwarzbaum. The villain in this bond is probably the most crazy you’ll see and that’s good. My favourite scene without giving anything away would be the chase around London with James Bond and Silva, very cool and action packed.

Finally I would like to do SPOILER!!!!!!! Ish things like describing each death in the film. That guy in the chair bleeds out, the people in MI6 die from Silvas explosion, Bond throws guy off skyscraper, those bodyguards/assassins get killed by  komodo dragons(seriously), Silva shoots that bond girl in the head when bond misses, Bond shoots a bunch of his men before those helicopters come (He kicks ass), there’s that shoot out in the court room about eight people die on both sides, Silva’s men attack Bonds old house in Scotland and they all die through traps and getting shot and what have you, he sets up a bomb to take out that helicopter (that was very cool I must say) and then Bond throws a big ass knife into Silva’s back in that church. Think I got the gist of that, probably missed a few but there you go. Please comment below if you remember any I missed off.

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41 responses to “Skyfall (2012) Review”

  1. mistylayne says :

    I watched this last night!! My first ever complete Bond film and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I heard it was a lot less misogynistic than the others though so that probably helped. Visually stunning and super fun although I do doubt the plausibility of some of the things that happened (like the beginning with the train). 😉 I could watch the opening credits over and over again though…


  2. Franz Patrick says :

    I loved Eve — should’ve been more of her. But the movie was very, very good. I wanted it to be longer.


  3. sidekickreviews says :

    I’m so glad I stayed away from any trailers or spoilers. This was an awesome movie. The most breath taking scene was the Shanghai sequence. I love how you started out the review without spoilers then ended with descriptions of all the deaths! LOL. Well not all the deaths … there one Major one Missing from your list. 😉


  4. Mark Hobin says :

    “The best thing I thought about this film’s visuals was that nothing seemed like it was done through CGI “

    Agreed. I read that the rooftop motorcycle scene was not accomplished using CGI. It certainly looked real and that makes a difference. Overall a really solid episode in the Bond series. My favorite Daniel Craig entry thus far.

    Great review!


  5. John DuMond says :

    I’ve been stoked to see this movie for a while now. I’m glad to hear it was up to snuff. Thanks for the review, Tim.


  6. Mark Walker says :

    Great write up Tim. It’s those deaths you speak of that left me a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it was good film but a little underwhelming in some ways.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks, could you be a bit more specific about underwhelming?


      • Mark Walker says :

        I was just in the middle of writing a long spiel there and it got erased before I could send it. Damn!!! To cut to the chase though, I found the showdown between Bond and Silva very underwhelming and some of the characters’ behaviour was quite foolish at times. Normally this is acceptable in a bond movie but for one that strives for a more realistic approach, it didn’t quite fit. Still, I enjoyed it very much. It was a good flick.


  7. vinnieh says :

    Excellent review man, I can’t wait to see this.


  8. ruth says :

    Still haven’t seen it yet! Wow, 95% is almost perfect. To me that’s what I think of Casino Royale, curious how this one would compare to Craig’s previous two.


  9. Mavi says :

    High praise but 95% that’s crazy… Skyfall has many problem mainly around its story.. The list done a million time plus it’s never really developed, Eve only 1 bullet in her rifle??? Bond decides to put out the super moves seconds after his lover is killed, why not 10 seconds earlier??? The massive coincidences that have to happen for silva plan to unfold as planned. I was ecstatic when new bond emerged with realism and a genuine sense of danger and stepped away from the Brosnan era that was fully aware of its ridiculousness that made them kind of fun.. But Bond has moved on and with skyfall we have taken another step back from Casino Royale…. 70%


  10. ckckred says :

    I can’t wait to see Skyfall this weekend. I’ve only heard great things about it and your review makes me want to see it more.


  11. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    Hey Tim. Sorry, man, I have to confess I didnt read your review, I dont read reviews now til I can write my own… just wanted to ask if I can include this link on Friday in my final Bond month Blog-a-thon post. May I?


  12. keith7198 says :

    I am not a huge Bond guy, but I’ve loved Daniel Craig’s movies. Your review has me even more excited to see it. I skipped the spoiler territory but I’ll come back and check it out later. As for the rest – great review.


  13. Ripley Connor says :

    For the next Bond–a dapper young Xenomorph. I, of course, would be a Bond girl!


  14. mistylayne says :

    I’m not a big Bond fan but recently someone convinced me that I should give Bond another go (it was a cute boy so ya know, that helped his case ;)). I think he said to start with Casino Royale? Or was CR the worst one of the new ones?


  15. Victor De Leon says :

    Thanks for the review! I am so stoked for movie. It comes out here in the States next Friday. I’m having a Bond A Thon before I go.


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