Movie Review #315: Skyfall [Christmas Day Review]

Craig’s best Bond film to date

It felt like I was watching The Dark Knight Rises when I went to see the 23rd installment of the iconic James Bond franchise. And to tell you the truth Skyfall was just as brilliant, if not more entertaining, as TDKR. That’s no small feat for sure.

In terms of story, action, villain, and cinematography, Skyfall is far better than Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. In fact it had a different vibe altogether, making sure the film isn’t bogged down by the gadgetry and cars and focusing more on the characters, their motivations, strengths and weaknesses. I have to admit I never really cared about M or even Bond during the last two films but in this one they really got to me. All thanks to director Sam Mendes who saw the bigger picture and put the pieces all together; and of course with the help of powerful performances by Daniel Craig, the gorgeous Berenice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ben Whishaw. The opening credits were superb as well, with Adele lending her voice for the title song. The movie is a benchmark for great sequels, something I wish Sony and MGM will remember and put into heart when making the next set of Bond films.

GRADE: A-

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