Hello SWRNN readers — here’s my review for the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall.”
In “Skyfall,” we find Bond (once again played by Daniel Craig), M and all of MI6 faced with the threat of a ruthless cyber terrorist (played by Oscar-winner Javier Bardem) and the deadly secrets he holds.
The film stars Daniel Craig as Bond, Bardem as the villain, Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe and Ben Whishaw. The film was directed by Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of one of my all-time favorites, “American Beauty.”
I’m a pretty big 007 fan. Leading up to this film’s release, I went back and revisited all 22 of Bond’s silver-screen outings and I’m glad to say that “Skyfall” is without a doubt the best Bond film yet. But even that is an understatement.
The acting in “Skyfall” was fantastic. Bond is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best characters ever put to film and I don’t think any actor other than Craig does a better job of proving that. He was fantastic in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” but here he gives the character of James Bond a more personal and realistic feel to the film legend.
Besides Craig’s fantastic performance, Bardem delivers an even better one! If you have seen “No Country for Old Men,” you know that Bardem is one of the best actors working today and he shows it here. The film does a fantastic job of setting his character up by not showing him until about halfway through the movie, but having characters reference him throughout.
Therefore, when we finally meet Bardem’s character, we are just as terrified as Bond is.
Aside from the acting, the cinematography by Roger Deakins (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Big Lebowski”) is absolutely mind-blowing. Some of the shots in this film actually made my jaw drop, and that is extremely rare for me. I’d say this is almost on par with “The Master” in terms of cinematography.
The action set pieces in “Skyfall” are some of the best I think I’ve ever seen put to film. I saw this film in IMAX, and if you have the opportunity to, you must see it in this format. It is without a doubt one of the best theatrical experiences I’ve ever had.
If you couldn’t already tell, I’m in love with this movie. This is, without a doubt, the best Bond film yet. Gorgeous cinematography, jaw-dropping action set-pieces and some darn near Oscar-caliber performances make “Skyfall” one of the best action-thrillers I’ve ever seen.
Overall, I give “Skyfall” a 5 out of 5.
Adam Rolseth is a local teen movie reviewer and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.