Stunning cinematography, inventive action sequences, and a well rounded plot makes Skyfall the greatest, if not one of the best, Bond film in the franchise.

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

The movie looks further into the iconic character. He’s old, working in a job where his life is disposable. He knows that M is doing her job, but if you’ve played the game too long and you’re on the other side of the tough decisions she has to make, it’s not hard to get jaded and bitter.

This is proven by a worthy adversary named Silva (Javier Bardem), who puts M and MI6’s credibility in question, as well as test Bond’s loyalty and capabilities. This results into an engaging and layered story that’s rarely done in the franchise.

The story is wrapped around a riveting plot with inventive action sequences. To name a few – a motorcycle chase on roofs, and a fight scene in a dark hotel floor where colors from LED signs cast their colorful reflections on glass doors.  The beautiful cinematography captures the colors of stunning locations and give scenes a certain glow. This movie is pure eye candy, with Bond’s swagger in every frame.

The movie also borrows some familiar elements in the franchise’ long history and gives it a modern look.

Q is younger, geekier and a bit cocky, preferring practical weapons to explosive pens. You get to see an old iconic car, another ex-MI6 spy with an agenda, and a throwback to a shoulder injury in a previous Bond film. The audience is introduced to new but familiar characters, giving audiences something to look forward to.

The performance is exemplary for the whole cast, both the old players and the new. Bardem stands out as the memorable villain with Blonde hair, omnipotent presence and sexual flair.

The movie though, is not without its flaws. There are plot holes. Silva seems to have inexhaustible resources and a knack for timing, yet couldn’t just nuke Bond’s place to get it over with. It also steps on certain Bond traits that fans have been accustomed to.

Some critics were not so happy when the movie decided to screw with the timeline. Boys who depend on James Bond to fulfill their male fantasies of guns, girls, and gadgets will surely be disappointed. Others who want more fun and irony wouldn’t like it either.

This James Bond is not just an icon, he is a complex character with a troubled past. In keeping with Craig’s gritty Bond, equipment is minimal. There’s less philandering and more brooding. The movie has taken a darker turn like Nolan’s Dark Knight, with Bond as the superhero with a midlife crisis.

Preferences aside, Skyfall freshens up an old franchise giving it a more thoughtful shake, all the while keeping up with the changing times. It can be summed up with one line – as the newly introduced Moneypenny puts it, “old dog, new tricks”.

My Rating: 9/10

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