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article imageReview: ‘Skyfall’ is absolutely brilliant Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Nov 8, 2012 in Entertainment
‘Skyfall’ achieves a new level of motion picture excellence, truly making the trip to the theatres for the latest 007 picture a memorable experience. It’s the perfect celebration of 50 years of Bond.
It's not often a film exceeds the hype swirling around it before the opening credits, but Skyfall is an exceptional movie. Unlike any Bond film before it, the 23rd movie featuring Ian Fleming’s creation sets a new precedent in every category.
When M (Judi Dench) is personally targeted by a resourceful terrorist, she turns to the only man she trusts with her life for protection: James Bond (Daniel Craig). Together, they are forced to confront pasts that are haunting their presents or risk losing everything they've worked so hard to build. Traveling the world in search of clues and safe places to strategize, they're followed by a trail death and destruction. With the necessity of MI6 under review, Bond and M are relying on favors and experience to win the battle.
The opening sequence begins with a dashing silhouette, followed by a dead body, and a high-speed chase through the grand bazaar’s crowded streets and rooftops in Turkey. Immediately, the adrenaline is pumping. Then a flawless transition to the opening credits, featuring Adele's "Skyfall," which is captivatingly played in its entirety while a gorgeous animation plays across the screen. It's difficult to believe a film could maintain this level of intensity or excellence for 140 minutes, but it does so almost effortlessly.
Donning the suit for the third time, Craig is more comfortable in the 007 role than ever before. Every word is delivered flawlessly and every move in character. He has become James Bond. Dench is not as able as Helen Mirren in the more physical requirements of her character in this picture, but then again M has been out of the field for a very long time.
Even though Craig raises the bar in this installment, Javier Bardem claims the title for best villain – possibly since Hannibal Lector. With prosthetics, blond hair and an outrageously insane personality, he is the ultimate evil mastermind. And the way he caresses Bond while discussing tactics produced goose bumps.
The script is exceptionally clever with quick-witted dialogue and the perfect balance between action and story development. It’s so well composed you don’t even feel its two-plus hour runtime. For once, the threat is also tangible. Global and technological terrorism is a real concern that viewers can relate to as computers become the weapon of choice.
There are panoramas that appear almost dream-like in their beauty. The cinematography doesn’t miss a beat, capturing every expression, hit and landscape, creating a stunning film off of which you can’t take your eyes. Director Sam Mendes brings his dramatic expertise to new heights with the incorporation of action, successfully elevating the Bond series to epic proportions.
There are so many Oscar possibilities, it seems impossible not to see the movie's title popping up more than once on the nomination list.
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris
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