Movie: Skyfall

"Skyfall"

In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.” — (C) Official Site

I’m not a James Bond fan and I completely hated Quantum of Solace, so I was a little hesitant to watch Skyfall. Even though it’s supposed to be a movie event. I’ve never been one for movie events.

And then friends started seeing it. And loving it.

And then I suddenly had eight hours to kill in a mall.

I watched Skyfall. And I loved it.

Unlike other James Bond movies I’ve seen, Skyfall brings the danger to Bond’s own backyard. While the film features two other countries, the bulk of the action happens in Great Britain–in London and in an unspecified part of Scotland. It’s refreshing.

Of course, no Bond movie is complete without explosions and extended action scenes, and they are present in this movie. But in my opinion, it’s the looming danger at every turn that really pushes the movie into amazing-film territory. Because the movie does its best to reign in the action, the British flavor of the film truly comes alive–and the action becomes welcome and not desensitizing.

I don’t think I need to comment on the acting department as I would only do the wonderful cast a disservice. Instead, I’ll list down the other things I really liked about the film:

There’s the opening sequence, set to the theme song that’s beautifully sung by Adele.

There’s the definitive lack of a Bond girl, with Sévérine appearing in just a number of scenes and Eve Moneypenny effectively friend-zoned by the end of the film.

And there’s the lack of unnecessary twists, and a going-back-to-basics vibe that permeates the whole thing.

Skyfall does for me what Casino Royale did back in 2006. It made me a possible James Bond fan once more. Now, I just hope that the next Bond film isn’t another Quantum of Solace.

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