Movie Review: Skyfall (2012)

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Plot: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Rating: 8/10

CONTAINS SPOILERS

It’s going to be really silly to say again that I love Daniel Craig as James Bond, because I do, but I mention it every time. Anyway, the man is so prime you know? The eyes, the attitude, the suits. Skyfall introduces a broken Bond – he’s simply lived too long and seen too much at this point, and it is catching up with him in a bad day. For him a close call with death is in his daily routine, but after being shot by Moneypenny, he allows himself to be presumed dead for a few months to give himself some time to recover, and only returns when there is big drama in England and his loyalty to his country forces him too.

M is as enigmatic as ever, a power clad iron lady that rules the secret service. The relationship between Bond and M is fascinating, alternating between a very twisted mother and son dynamic, a questionable work relationship and a long standing friendship.

The death of M and Bond’s reaction was a really hard blow to stomach – they had a complex and interesting relationship, one of the few that lasted in Bond’s life. I loved M – especially because it is Judi Dench and only an actress of her capability could have shown so effectively that she would always remember her role to put her country first, and her humanity second – the hard choices she had to make with both Silva and Bond clearly highlighted that.

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I really friggin loved Eve Moneypenny. She is so smart and the banter between her and Bond is good for the soul. Naomi Harris was an excellent choice for the role – intelligent, uber British, sassy and pretty.

Then there is the incomparable Ralph Fiennes. I love the man – he has such a diversity to anything he does and he is simply incapable of being in a mediocre role, simply because of his capability to make everything he does exceptional. I loved him as the good voice of reasonable reason – he wasn’t being a tool and underhanded for personal gain, he was simply doing his job and dealing with the fallout of a failed mission.

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Javier Bardem joined Mads Mikkelson as some of the better (excellent) villains of the Craig era of Bond. He was an impressive villain, and gave way to one of the creepiest scenes in the film. The blonde hair is still the worst decision for him ever, but it suited the creepiness of the character. I also really liked the angle that Raoul Silva was an ex CIA operative and the reasons behind his vengeful quest, as well as how eerily calm he was. The method to his villainy incorporated the new modern technology its reach of power.

Ben Whishaw as Q was ridiculously cute. He had this nerdy confidence based on that while Bond would do well in the field, he was the guy making it all work out behind the scenes. He is VERY adorable in that nerdy way, not in a Bond way, but still good. The incorporation of Mallory, Eve Moneypenny and Q seemed nearly seamless in execution, without it being rushed or forced.

Anyway, that is it from me – Skyfall is worth the watch and great entertainment. It is Bond, but not Bond – women have been treated increasingly less as objects in the Craig era, and that is something that can definitely be attributed to Daniel Craig himself, a staunch feminist that has had issues that side with Bond since the start. It shows in Skyfall, where the leading women are Moneypenny and M, and both are equal and perhaps even superior to Bond himself. For that I can simply salute this film!

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13 thoughts on “Movie Review: Skyfall (2012)

  1. Great points about how women play roles in this film. I haven’t paid enough attention to that, but that’s spot on. I also didn’t know Craig is a feminist. Good for him. This role has always suited him and it’ll be a shame when he steps away from it.

    • I especially liked the women in Skyfall – the majority are essential to Bond’s success (even though he’s quite capable of winning in the field) and they aren’t as weak willed as the historic Bond ladies are.

      I think he’s a great Bond. I really hope he stays for one more film at least!

  2. I absolutely loved this film on its release and still do now. I even saw it three times at the cinema, thought it fit together so well and offered so much in the Bond series!

    • WOW! I sadly didn’t get to see it in cinema, but I think it must have been a great experience. It is great as a standalone film and fits well into the franchise too!

  3. I am so pleased that you have been having such a blast with these Craig Bonds, they are wonderful movies. This was another good one, but nothing will ever be Casino Royale.

    ❤ Ben Whishaw's Q, man!!!

    As for the feminist statements here – I CAN AGREE. I have major issues with the treatment of women in the older ones.

    • I have been on a Bond binge hey haha! I really enjoyed these so much. Nothing will ever be Casino Royale, it still hurts mee.

      He’s ADORBS

      That’s why I think I’ll skip the other ones, especially the ones with that women beater in.

    • I do! And he turned out to be the best choice by far. I would like to see who they choose as his successor – I hope it also causes an uproar and also works out perfectly again!

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