Skyfall

Skyfall ★★★★

Roger Deakins’ cinematography paired with Thomas Newman’s score has been one of my favorite things in cinema since Shawshank Redepemption and to see Roger go all digital and Thomas do action, for Bond’s 50th anniversary no less, I’m a fan of the results, but the cinematography more than the music. It’s ridiculously great. 

When I saw Layer Cake, I knew Daniel Craig would make a great Bond, but never thought Ben Whishaw would ever be Q, or Paddington for that matter, but he’s amazingly versatile, so of course he’s a great Q. I visited New York City for the first time in 2016 and got to see him in The Crucible” revival on Broadway with Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan, Ciarán Hinds and Bill Camp, and it was one of the best choices I ever made for my first Broadway show, since “American Psycho” closed a month before my trip and I had to put that money to good use. 

I do like a lot of Bond theme songs, but "Skyfall" might be my favorite. It’s in my head more than any of the others have ever been, that’s for sure. 

On top of Ben Whishaw, I also appreciated the additions of Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes as the new M. 

Wolf Blitzer really nailed his role as “CNN News Anchor.”

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