Rti03’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Q: What did you expect, an exploding pen?"
I'm not a James Bond fan, yes i said it, probably because of two things; because i haven't watched enough of them and second because when i was a kid i watched the sh*t Pierce Brosnan James Bonds which i personally hated. In Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds' character says: "if you have seen one movie you have seen them all" and this is basically the way i felted about Bond movies, the old trademarks are in all movies, the plot seems to identical every single time and you can barely notice any difference between them, the directors neither the Bonds were able make each movie be different than the other before.
This until Casino Royal, Casino Royal was fresh was different, the new Bond was exciting, the movie had a screenplay(co-wrote by the hated Paul Haggis, that one yes and performances worth mentioning it was fantastic. And then a big slap came when the very disappointing Quantum of Solace came out, it was garbage. Now 6 years after Royal and 4 after Solace we had a new Bond and every hope was on Sam Mendes' shoulders, him that was rather an unusual choice to be Directing a Bond movie but the truth is that he pulled it off.
Skyfall is Directed Sam Mendes and it stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Helen McCrory, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw, Ola Rapace and Rory Kinnear.
"Bond's mission is to keep a computer drive that has a list of British agents from being used against them. He chases the man who has it and they have a brawl on top of a train. Eve, an agent sent to assist Bond has them in her cross hairs but hesitates to take the shot because she might hit Bond but M orders her to take it. Which she does and hits Bond who falls into the river and is believed to be dead. A few months later, the British government is upset with MI6 for losing the list; specifically with M. She is told that she'll be allowed to retire but she refuses to leave till the while matter is resolved. So she returns to HQ to work on it but as she arrives, there's an explosion. In the meantime, Bond, who is not dead, has been laying low. When he learns of what happened, he returns. And M tasks him with finding the one who has the information. He eventually learns that the man who has it, is someone from M's past and who has it in for her."
What Sam Mendes manages to do here is what Casino Royal managed to do the James Bond series it gives us a breath of fresh air and it answers our prayers, this is what we want from Bond from now on! It says goodbye to the over the top silliness(not that this one doesn't have a bit of it) and it gives us a more realistic and interesting portray of James Bond. He is not only an agent, he is also a human being that feels cheated, betrayed, he is almost an alcoholic and he even bleeds a things that you didn't even see much in other movies. The movie also breaks barriers in the terms that it has some language, okay i now this a bit ridiculous it swearing is necessary, you can't be in the middle of a mess and behave like a British Knight. Yes i liked to hear them say Sh*t and F*ck a couple of times.
Skyfall is exciting, it starts that way like Casino Royal, straight into action and when that first action sequence ends you have three things in mind:
1- Oh my f*cking god that was awesome
2-Oh my god this credit sequence is f*cking awesome. And finally...
3-How the f*ck did survive that?! I mean the guy had been shot before and the Bond Girl(is there any?) shots him in the chest he falls from like at least 40 to 30 meters high(100, 120 feet) into the water and then even falls off a waterfall and survives?! Jesus that's what i meant with silly, is this motherf*cker Superman!?
So yeah the action is pretty cool and the movie is certainly thrilling and entertaining and you don't feel the 140 minute run time on your back. Oh and the action was of course filmed by Academy Award Winning Cinematographer...wait, what, he hasn't won yet?!...nevermind it's photographed by legend Roger Deakins who got himself his 10th Nomination(currently has 1 more). Yeah no doubt, the movie looks gorgeous and Deakins deserved all the praise for his cinematography here. Who got his 11 nomination here(since then had another one to the collection of losses) is Thomas Newman who collaborates again with the Director he that did also the score for the great American Beauty which by the way should have won best score.
What's also pleasant about Skyfall is that this time we have a fantastic cast of actors. As Bond we have Graig that continues to prove that with the only 2 Bond movies that he has done is already made his mark as maybe the best Bond so far. Judi Dench is also great here in supporting role, i remember everybody hoping that she would get an Academy Nom...well let's not get silly. Javier Bardem is weird as f*ck as we are getting used to and well he's certainly effective. Ralph Fiennes also appears here to collect his check and to hopefully be seen in the next installment. The same thing with Albert Finney which i do hope to see more from.
To end the review as it started with the gadget quote. Everybody gave sh*t to Sam Mendes about the f*cking gadgets and the non-existent Bond Girl, well i agree with those comments but are these really essential to not die-hard fans of the franchise(probably not the right word). Well, in my eyes i can't complain, i got the thrills and quite a bit more than that, Skyfall is not as good as Casino Royal but it promises as much as that one did let's just hope that they continue James Bond on the right path.