Facebook, Twitter, RSS
Movie Reviews & Ratings
Skyfall  : Doesn’t Rise As Expected
Rating :
Release Date :
Genre :
Director :
Starring :
Friday, November 2, 2012
Spy Film
Sam Mendes
Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris
I am Bond, James Bond! It really needs no introduction beyond that. Bond is back all right, but for those who go in for over-the-top Bond action with hi-tech gadgets, a few fist fights and blazing guns and bombs, and you get the picture, Skyfall will be a tumbling disappointment.

The plot: A breach into MI6 has resulted in exposing and endangering the identity of all the secret agents. The face behind this breach is someone very close to the service. It is the face of M’s (Judi Dench) past, Silva (Javier Bardem). Silva will stop at nothing; from killing agents and exposing their identity to murdering civilians and destroying public property, he’s a one-man evil squad. Only one person can stop him, save M’s life and shield the M16 from dissolving. Haven’t you guessed? James Bond aka 007 (Daniel Craig) it is.

The good: With Istanbul starts the sequence of breathtaking, nail-biting Bond chases. Bridges, cars, train-tops, nothing is spared. Cinematographer Roger Deakins and director Sam Mendes come together once again after Revolutionary Road and it’s spectacular! Beautiful scenic Istanbul, shining, bright China and exquisite Scotland, not to forget the occasional glimpses of London, are shot brilliantly by Deakins. Mendes pitches in with some mindblowing action scenes which are so clean that they sometimes seem too easy. Look out for the train sequence towards the climax, it is superb.

Craig, even at 50 is in full form. He does all the jumping, running, chasing and James Bonding with finesse. Naomie Harris as Eve, the Bond girl, has a very small role but she does it well. Bérénice Marlohe’s part as Sévérine is inconsequential but she still outshines Eve in every way. Judi Dench, one of the Bond franchise’s oldest actors, still gives a solid performance as M. But it is Javier Bardem who takes away the prize. He is one of the most manic, chilling villains ever (even though the makeup makes him look unnecessarily ugly).

The bad: What starts off with a blast in Istanbul and ends with topnotch action in Scotland, falters in-between. At 2 hours and 23 minutes, it takes Bond too long to catch Silva and that, more often than not gets boring. A few parts could’ve been edited out like the entire Sévérine portion. It just increases the length of the film and although she adds glamour, the part itself adds nothing much to the story. Eve, the Bond girl, should’ve had much more to do than just mouth smart lines. And gadgets! What’s a Bond film without those terrific gizmos? A fingerprint recognition gun and a small radio, that’s all you get here!

Overall: Skyfall’s music has been going round and round inside our heads these past few days but the movie might not linger in our minds for that long. Yes, it is certainly not a very grand movie but it is not a movie one would want to miss either. After all, it is part of 007 lore and, as they say in the end, Bond will be back. So go enjoy whatever action there is in Skyfall this weekend.

–    Priyanka Ketkar

Share It
More Reviews

Photo Splash

Click To View More

Subscribe - The Film Street Journal