Skyfall

Skyfall ★★★★½

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Skyfall is a fine-tuned 007 adventure done with masterful precision. Hitting all the great Bond stylings while maintaining the gravity that the Craig Bonds are known for, the film encompasses the franchise at its greatest, most vulnerable potential.

Daniel Craig and Judi Dench hit their Bond apexes here. Both characters are fleshed out with introspective weight for their brilliance as well as their shortcomings. Silva is a chillingly maniacal villain with magnificent flare, achieving iconism without becoming cartoonish. It reaches the heights of some of Bardem's greatest performances.

Not only are the story & performances gripping, but the movie looks incredible. Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins captures every set piece beautifully with striking utilization of light. Sam Mendes constructed a fantastic movie that isn't just great Bond. It's great moviemaking.

It is the best James Bond movie.

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