007: Skyfall Review

007 is back and better than ever! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, make sure to go out and watch it before reading this. I’m not taking responsibility for spoiling the movie for you. You’ve been warned! So let’s get into the review. I’m going to take a look at three areas; the sound score, acting & VFX, and the story-line.

Sound Score

From the opening minutes, to the opening credits and the theme song of Skyfall, the sound score managed to place the viewers into James Bond’s universe. As always, the opening credit sequence was done masterfully, with the theme song coming from Adele & Paul Epworth. Thomas Newman was the sound composer for the movie and he did an amazing job of interweaving key elements of the Skyfall theme along with the classic 007 theme song.

Acting

With his latest performance as Bond, Daniel Craig managed to fully own 007. He is now Bond to a brand new generation of viewers, and in my opinion the only other Bond who is ahead of Craig is Sean Connery. Judi Dench again did an excellent job portraying the role of M and the supporting cast provided the perfect blend of things one expects from a Bond flick. Javier Bardem was cast as Raoul Silva, the former MI6 agent turned Bond villain. He was probably the most flamboyant Bond villain in the 50 years of the series.

In terms of visual effects, the movie was full of epic action sequences mixed into exotic locations along with the usual fight scenes and explosions that made it such a visual experience. The only issue I had with the VFX was in the scene where the Subway tube crashed through the roof into an underground location. This scene came off a bit too fake, and my main problem with it was the fact that there were no people inside the wagons other than the driver. But again, the overall package was such a joy to watch that unless you were watching with an eye to pick out problems with the VFX you wouldn’t have anything negative to say.

Story-line

As the franchise evolves into the 21st century, this rendition of Bond had a story based around cyber-crime and the damage terrorists can do with a few clicks of the mouse. I won’t give away too many details of the story because I want everyone to go out and form your own opinion. However, one thing that really stuck out to me was the fact that Silva developed such a dynamic plot for his attack without any explanation of where he got all the resources from. Maybe that was a subtlety that I missed and watching Skyfall a second time could clear it up. Overall the plot kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and I definitely recommend everyone to go watch it. Looking forward, the Bond franchise is in great hands and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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