Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Skyfall (James Bond)

Tonight (25th Oct) was my first midnight screening of a movie and I was super excited. Now, I haven't really seen the last couple of Bond movies with Daniel Craig but I felt it was time to watch one considering James Bond's 50th anniversary! Another big sway in the decision was the fact that Adele sings the theme song.

Skyfall was interesting and more deep than I'm used to when it comes to Bond. It was less (sensual) womanising but that might be because it's a different world view today than when Sean Connery wore the suit, though Piece Brosnan, the Bond before Daniel Craig, didn't deviate much from the typical womanising Bond.

Women overall got a smaller part than I'm used to in Bond movies, but since I haven't seen the other Daniel Craig movies I can't say if that's normal or not. I missed seeing some more prominent bad ass women other than M. Even the intro focused less on the women and more on the story of the movie, a reason for this might be that Skyfall mostly focuses on M (and of course James Bond).

The characters were interesting and flawless as usual. I quite liked Ben Wishaw as Q and I think especially Judi Dench (M) did some excellent acting. It was also interesting that the movie in a way revolved around comebacks and that age doesn't matter (neither young nor old). Mind over matter. I think that also has to do with the fact that the movie delved a lot with the past.

What I didn't expect when I started watching Skyfall though was that I would sympathise with the bad guy. The back story and motivations was well made and you could understand why he did the things he did. I really like bad guys that are more than surface deep.

I think the ending was both expected and not expected. It took a classic turn. I have to say that parts of the ending disappointed me but I knew for the most part of the movie that it was going into that direction.

It's more of an action with an intriguing story than just explosions and cool effects. My friend called it "action with a brain" while a visitor I overheard said it was boring since not much happened for long periods of time - on the contrary I say. It's not always about the effects, sometimes it's about the story and the build up to the cool effects.

Skyfall is definitely worth a watch, unsure about owning it though.

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