One word. Bond.
Indeed Skyfall has become a huge success. With its first Oscar nomination in 30 years, an incredible gross and widest release all over the world. But was it as good as the press made out?
007 (Daniel Craig) becomes M’s only ally as MI6 comes under attack, and a mysterious new villain emerges with a diabolical plan. James Bond’s latest mission has gone horribly awry, resulting in the exposure of several undercover agents, and an all-out attack on M16.*
After reading a number of reviews on Skyfall, I have noticed that it’s either a hate or love type of film. Where would I place myself? Well, neither, maybe in between the middle. I didn’t extremely love it, nor did I absolutely dislike it. Though I have to say that I was expecting more. Much more.
The film had something missing. The plot itself was nothing new, where it simply followed the idea of an agent list going missing. I believe that the writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan could have pushed the story more. It lacked that hard hitting climax where the lazy script could be up for blames. Whereas, I can confidently say that Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale were great films that consisted of a gripping plot filled with stimulating action.
Sadly, there were a few scenes in which I questioned and thought was unnecessary. The beginning of the film was quite unbelievable with Bond accidently being shot and thrown down from a very high and I mean very high height. Surprisingly, he was alive! I have no idea how he managed an accident like that, but that’s just a miracle. Some scenes like this lost that real quench and began to meander into different directions. For example, even if Bond was shot, Eve had plenty of time to shoot the villain. Moreover, the bond girl ‘Severine’ didn’t really last for long. She played this sex slave whom again had no past story or interesting persona. To be honest she was quite useless and didn’t have that ‘bond girl’ factor. The ending of the film humourously reminded me of Home Alone, with bond and M setting up secret traps to capture the baddies!
Throughout the whole film I was confused and quite lost. I lost track of what was actually happening. The villain wasn’t all that evil and if so I was unsure of his back-story. I still don’t understand his and M’s relationship? Though Craig’s performance did shine through. His stoic and serious character was evident through the clean fighting scenes and saving the day again reinforcing the hero-like figure. Bond’s dialect was brilliant. His short sentences for example “thats a waste of scotch” enhanced his seriousness persona, creating this edgy yet quirky vibe.
As for M, we saw more of her than in the usual Bond Films. Her confidence increased, but we could see her gradually dying from the beginning. She was simply strong but helpless (indeed I noticed the oxymoron).
On a lighter note, the cinematography was visually impeccable. Legendary Roger Deakins truly pulled this off with stunning shots of bond in various ways. In particular, the ‘Shanghai Fight’ scene was unforgettable. The imagery was so vivid and gratifying, which was definitely enhanced with the neon lighting, setting off a great view. Especially where at one point the protagonists were portrayed as silhouettes creating this surreal ambience. As for the Scotland scenes, I thought they really were beuaitfully shot. The icy blue, grey and coldness really came through and complimented with the ‘British-ness’ of the film, which was genius. The fog, bleakness, isolated house and empty fields definitely reinforced this.
Overall, in this short review I have to admit that I didn’t really enjoy this Bond Film. My favourite of all times has to be Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale which will always be my favourites. There was this huge hype on Skyfall but I still think that it wasn’t as good as people made out. I can’t stress how much the film needed more. You may ask what? But it needed that spark, that uniqness, that energy, that it factor.Though, I have to admit that the cinematography extremely pulled through and was an absolute masterpiece, which deserves to be noticed.
Written by: Meera Darji