Skyfall (Movie Review)

Finally, the most anticipated James Bond movie has arrived. I went, I saw but I was slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was good in many aspects. It just fell short of my expectations.

This movie very much kept to what one would expect to see in a Bond movie – exciting car chases, motorcycles running on rooftops, gritty fight scenes atop a moving train, international locations, exotic women and a maniac villain. The pieces are all there but the whole picture was not impressive.

Daniel Craig delivered on target with his hard-hitting yet sensitive portrayal of the womanising super spy. I liked him because he humanise the character compared to the previous versions of Bond. The two Bond girls – Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Berenice Marlohe as Severine – played their roles well. I also liked it that one of them was a capable agent with a few chops to boot, not the damsel in distress crap.

Now, we come to the role which would complete the plot, the villain played by Javier Bardem, Raoul Silva. To me, the Bond villain is as important, if not more so than, the super spy himself because after all this character is central to Bond’s purpose of existence. Hence, a good villain where one can connect with and detest to the bone would be ideal. Unfortunately, Bardem’s villain did not fill these shoes adequately. The actor had the manic expression, soft spoken yet evil demeanour and cynical smile down pat but his character was just lacking the soul embodiment which would make me want to slap him across his idiotic face.

Actually, Boardem is not to be blamed for this let down. The actor has more than proven his acting chops in No Country for Old Men where he was beyond brilliant as the psycho killer. I put this down to a weak plot. This Bond installation centres on the relationship between Bond and M (played by Judi Dench) and the catastrophe at hand is related to a personal vendetta towards M which was then disguised as a plot to expose certain undercover agents causing senseless loss of lives and compromising of international security. The security threat was played down while the vengeance element was hammed up. This is where the plot lacked conviction and hence the downfall of this Bond movie.

All in all, if you are into the action scenes, the women or just simply loving the never-say-die-suave-as-hell James Bond, then this movie will make an enjoyable watch. Just don’t analyse the plot too much. After all, James Bond never existed ;).

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