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posted Nov 16, 2012 - 1:53:13pm
Skyfall is the 23rd entry into the James Bond franchise, and while the recent installments have served as grittier, more intimate stories, director Sam Mendes’ take on the series is by far the most personal. Writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan deliver a story that makes the super spy face his own mortality, which gives him pause. This is what makes Skyfall so different from the films that came before it: There’s still the reckless nature we all know and love, but this time, we find a more reflective Bond.
Her Majesty's own James Bond (Daniel Craig) finds himself off-balance when a mission leaves him legally dead for several months. His return to service comes in the wake of a terrorist attack that seems to be focused on his handler, M (Judi Dench).
Skyfall is focused on backstory more than action. Both Bond and his newest adversary, a former MI-6 agent (Javier Bardem), find themselves unable to let go of their traumatic pasts, which gives us a little insight into how they got to be the characters we know now.
Bardem’s character is fixated on M, viewing her as a motherly figure that betrayed him. This anger, another omnipresent theme in the new Bond films, fuels his drive for revenge.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
The great performances and ambitious script place this action flick that right at home in Oscar season, but it’s still an action flick. It’s filled with drama, beautiful women and plenty of chase scenes that live up to what we’ve come to expect not just from this newest iteration of Bond, but from Bond films in general.
That being said, this is a very different animal than you might expect. It still maintains the grandeur for which the franchise is known, but this film feels a little smaller, more focused than its predecessors. This formula isn't likely to work again.
No matter what's in this character's future, for now, Craig has grown into the classic Bond, earning a place alongside the likes of Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. With a nod to where the character has been, Skyfall prepares audiences to move forward with a solid right hook and a cheesy one-liner to finish off the villain.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 4 stars, 4 1/2 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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