Skyfall ★★★★½

Where the hell have you been?

Enjoying death.

A fragile bond. A bond past his prime, obliged to fight his former self before he can face the threat emerged from a new world Mendes' story takes place in. Revisiting Skyfall compares to reading the leading pages of the protagonist's diary; the film projects an image we are not used to - 007 is wavering, weak - and goes as far as to abstain the prominently featured femme fatale salvage, instead turning to a more intimate climax.
However, leading pages wouldn't be labeled as such if there weren't any pages to follow. As much as the character of bond endeavours to drive the story, all the while resisting the propelling force of the plot, he must at last concede his defeat and withdraw. The film ultimately falls into the drawer its kindred films dwell, but this does not impair the residuary attributes harmonizing superbly.

Security by obscurity.

Newman's contribution to the auditory experience involves a diffident, though novel score injected with recurring cues reminiscent of the film's striking leaning towards the emphasis on the advancing field of technology. The world is certainly changing, where antagonism no further takes the form of tangible entities, but is embedded into systems and structures; the film very much feels like to be set in a new era wherein oppositions employ techniques unknown to the rest of the world. Losing touch with the state of the art reflects bond's detachment from his old self; alienated, Deakins captures the journey of Craig entering a destructive avenue (or the dragon's mouth - I love that scene) he isn't prepared for yet. Pictures, not only manipulating you to pause the film and soak in the wondrous scenery - which the camera isn't afraid of, lingering on shots to repel the fast pace often carried by such films, but also render the protagonist's state of mind (the mirror scene in Shanghai). The distinct color palette consisting of cold blues and dark shade of oranges aided me to reach my verdict; I have come for far more than just Adele's opening credits song and a severely struggling 007.

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