Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Film , Reviews

The opening scene of Skyfall is breathtaking; crisp, dangerous, fast, furious and all edgy-BONDness.  Craig in his third outing as the world’s coolest spy seems to have found his balance in making the role his own.


Bond and MI-6 agent Eve are in Istanbul in hot pursuit of an unknown enemy. A fabulous and innovative chase scene ensues. The action carries us for a while without getting stale, and then segues into the creative and legendary opening credits that the 007 franchise has maintained for fifty years. Adele’s Skyfall track gets us in the mood.

Javier Bardem is wonderful, straddling the line between legit menace and self-parodying super-villain. His opening scene is slow, seductive, and humorous as he takes his time introducing himself to Bond and the audience. Daniel Craig is cool as a cucumber, with moments of humor and playfulness. 

However, the action never again gets quite as good as the opening scene, and the script wanes. In the high intrigue world of Bond, Skyfall comes down to a crazed ex-agent who — after accumulating wealth and cyber power to do just about anything he wants –, cares about nothing other than spanking mama: killing  M, his once former boss, played steadily once again by Judi Dench.  

All the while, “M” is holding off a political witch hunt that wants to put her into forced retirement, right in the midst of  a chaos about to explode.  But the way in which our evil-genius (Javier Bardem) plots to kill “M” is a bit pedestrian.  And the way in which Bond decides to trap him even more ridiculous, and not in a good way; the script simply takes the easy way out too often and compounding the weak script problem.  

And there is the rub; the acting was spot-on, the directing stellar at times, very good at others, but with a weak story-line the film really missed the opportunity on its fiftieth birthday to be the best Bond film yet.  It wasn’t.  

Don’t be down though, as its still a fun and enjoyable film. 


About Brie Austin

Co-author of I'd Do It Again, he is a columnist/reporter for a variety of magazines in the areas of music, lifestyle, nightlife, travel and business. He also writes business documents and creates copy for websites.

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