Katalas’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is yet another successful attempt at making a refreshing 007 film by a well respected director, Sam Mendes, and probably the most beautiful James Bond movie thanks to the GOAT Roger Deakins.
And if it's not enough, Skyfall introduces such a mesmerizing villain, Silva. I think that Javier Bardem is one of the most talented actors we have right now. How can he be so terrifying yet funny? The way he talks and flirts with Bond, the trauma he has to live with because of M, or the sheer madness that takes the whole of him is too damn good. I wished he was introduced from the very beginning!
Sam Mendes created (and applied efficiently) a really interesting and touching chemistry between Bond and M, with some great character backgrounds. And on top of that, great new characters take part of Bond's missions, like Q (Ben Whishaw), Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) and Eve (Naomie Harris).
Who would have thought that Deakins would be interested in a James Bond film for the cinematography? I certainly didn't, but I'm glad he did. I've also started to realize that Deakins really really likes the yellow/orange colors, as well as white, and the use of fire! Besides that, his use of neon lights or even the use of light as if it was a noire film was dope.
I'm now realizing that the only reason I love some Bond films more than others is mainly because the antagonist is next level. Just like Mikkelsen's Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Bardem's Silva is intriguing. Such a shame to see those villain appear in just one film though!
M: I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on a map. They're not nations, they're individuals. And look around you. Who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No! Our world is not more transparent now, it's more opaque! It's in the shadows. That's where we must do battle.