A pretty good 007 actioner even if the plot ripps heavily from "The Dark Knight" with even a helpful butler in on the action. The villain is non-threatening though as he acts mostly like a humorous Spanish hairdresser and anyone with half a brain can figure out Ralph Fiennes' role in the movie. It is good, but it could have been a lot more effective film - the main tune is great though.
Riffs on Bond's place in the modern-world; his role as anachronism: connecting the usual espionage & intrigue to a political narrative that is frighteningly relevant. There's a moral complexity here too often lacking in other Bond productions; the villain is grounded & sympathetic, while protagonists are ruthless & unfeeling. This is a Bond film that begins 'big’ then closes in to something more intimate & cinematic.
Après une époustouflante course-poursuite en moto et en ouverture, sur les toits stambouliotes et quelques prouesses annexes sur un convoi ferroviaire, le film baisse de rythme et d'intérêt, en se fourvoyant dans d'inutiles connotations oedipiennes, de sentencieuses considérations psychologiques sur l'âge et la vieillesse, pour finalement s'égarer dans le giron matriciel d'un vieux manoir écossais. www.cinefiches.com
Skyfall doesn't find its footing until after the hour mark with Bardem's character. His character is sympathetic, if underused. In that 1st hour, Skyfall sadly takes from the overdone action films that show their aging hero past their prime-- trying to be more complex but moving into banality-- before it's Bond by way of Nolan doing Peckinpah, and it does get better, even if its soul of fun is already lost.
The best Bond film ever, with the worst Bond ever. Daniel Craig has never been good as Bond even if he's doing a good performance. But Javier Bardem,Judi Dench, Naomi Harris and Ralph Fiennes saves the acting by miles; and of course Roger Deakins cinematography is gorgeous.
The Bond producers finally wake up and realise that if you put a great director together with a great script, you can elevate the character to new heights. Potentially the best Bond film ever made - bold, beautifully shot (love the almost dialogue free Shanghai scene) and solves the existential crisis that the franchise found itself in post Bourne.
Trademark frantic OTT chases and shoot-outs in fairly opulent surroundings, particularly Shanghai. Mendes balances a passionate war-on-terror indictment with the need for accountability in those govt agencies operating from the shadows. The film thrashes some Bond mythology and shows a more realistic human facet. Bardem makes a terrific impersonation of a Bond villain despite his brief time on screen & poor accent.