Skyfall ★★★★½

Grade: 90%
2012 RankedHERE

Daniel Craig’s third entry into his Bond saga, Skyfall rebounds nicely from the dip in quality between Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace to become nearly as good as the former and better in some ways. Sam Mendes come in to direct this instalment and along with Roger Deakins, created some of the best cinematography seen in an action film like this. It’s visually stunning and the way the cinematography balances all kinds of creative shots and just how the film looks in general is a major step up in the franchise thus far. Daniel Craig is once again a perfect James Bond, this time he captures the essence of a more beaten down and tired Bond considering he’s getting older. Javier Bardem as the villain is also very good, he improved significantly from the last film’s villain, and Judi Dench as M has way more to do than previously before, she also kills it here. The storyline is compelling as well, the way the film uses the mistrust in the organization works to its benefit, especially the way Bardem’s character is introduced. I wasn’t a huge fan of the final face off scene when I first saw it but as it went on, it provides some great action and creative ways to change up a familiar formula, leading the scene to grow on me by the end. The action is obviously great here as well, not quite to the level of Casino Royale’s highlights but definitely better than most action seen today. Skyfall is a really great Bond film and it makes me really wish I hadn’t waited so long to watch these films, they’re high quality (at least this one and Casino Royale) action-spy thrillers that I would recommend to anyone

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