For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Spy/Espionage Films, here’s a review of Skyfall (2012) by Keith of Keith Loves Movies
In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap
- You Only Live Twice (1967) – Keith
- Syriana (2005) – Ryan
- Top Secret (1984) – Jeanette
- Our Kind of Traitor (2016) – Simon
- For Your Eyes Only (1981) – Keith
- Spy Game (2001) – Simon
- Goldeneye (1995) – Keith
- Spy (2015) – Jeanette
- Casino Royale (2006) – Keith
- Kingsman: Secret Service (2014) – Darren
- Allied (2016) – Simon
- Sword of Gideon (1986) – Rob
- Goldfinger (1964) – Keith
- Goldfinger (1964) – Rob
- Skyfall (2012) – Keith
In addition, I watched and reviewed 3 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation. None of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Dell of Dell on Movies and it is Anti-Hero Films.
Movies about people who lack traditional heroic attributes but are portrayed as the hero in their story despite doing some bad things along the way. Some examples: Taxi Driver, Leon the Professional, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface, GoodFellas, The Godfather, or even something as light as Jack Sparrow in the PotC movies. He’s constantly drunk and completely selfish it just tends to work out for the greater good.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Dell!
Let’s see what Keith thought of this movie:
When James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) latest mission does not go according to plan, it leads to an unfortunate turn of events where undercover agents around the world are exposed, and MI6 is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. With the assistance of field agent Eve (Naomie Harris), Bond must take to the shadows to follow the trail of Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M’s past who wants to settle an old score.
This film is Daniel Craig’s last Bond film so far (again supposed to have finished this before Spectre) and there is a good chance that he’ll come back for more (but that’s a conversation for my Spectre review). Craig’s Bond films so far have not exactly been consistent with Casino Royale having a good story and some good action and Quantum of Solace having good action and no story. The film starts off we an exciting pre-credits scene where we see Bond and Eve on a case and of course it doesn’t end well (like most Bond films go). This led to a pretty good opening credit sequence featuring the film’s theme, also called Skyfall by Adele, is one of the best themes of all time and deservedly won the Oscar for Best Original Song. The plot here is simple enough as Bond and MI6 try to stop Silva from exposing undercover agents and exacting his revenge on M. The film did have some solid action throughout. The action was both exciting and well shot which accentuated the effects and the fight choreography which were also well done. What I liked a lot about Casino Royale was how the plot was advanced by smart, well-written dialogue instead of empty. almost cartoonish action from previous Bond films.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of action but I’m also a big fan of good quiet parts too. I found this film had a good balance of both. It’s important to be pointed out here that (spoiler alert) this is the last film for Judi Dench’s M. I always thought she was a great actress and the Bond series’ best M (no disrespect to Bernard Lee) and she really got to show why here. She was front and center in the plot. She had a great performance here and her scenes with Craig’s Bond were great as well. Since the series is still in a reboot phase (which makes Solace feel even weirder), they decided to reintroduce more old characters, most notably Q (Ben Whishaw), who has been missing the last two films. I didn’t mind that he was much younger than Desmond Llewelyn’s Q and his quick, dry wit helped him fit nicely in the role. Craig was great here as well and he just continues to prove why he is the best modern Bond. Bardem’s Silva is one of the best Bond villains of all time. His performance was able to capture a chilling, evil, and menacing force. The film is a little on the long side because of pointless scenes but that is a minor complaint in an otherwise excellent film. Overall. this is everything a Bond girl should be. Unfortunately, it’s taken this long for production values to catch up.