Second Chance Review
After James Bond’s latest endeavors in South America, he returns back home to England where MI6 is under attack.
Once again it’s up to Daniel Craig’s Bond to figure out who’s responsible for this attack 21st century style assault.
The film recognizes that the times are changing in that the battles are no longer fought in confrontational matters, sponsored by a regime or organization but behind the shadows of lone operatives.
While the battle may be fought different, Bond still remains the same from the opening sequence chasing assassin-for-hire Patrice (Ola Rapace) in Turkey helmed by director Sam Mendes showcasing his feats well before Adele sings the opening credit to “Skyfall.”
Mr. Mendes covers the actions but also brings visual styles and flairs highlighted by a sequence taking place in Shanghai as Bond shows no sign of slowing at age 50. The issue of aging and losing a step or two shows in Daniel’s performance, but when the job needs to be done he gets it accomplished.
Besides the action and the opening credit, the franchise is known for its Bond girls. This time around Naomi Harris is field agent Eve while Bérénice Marlohe is Sévérine, the femme fatale. But they can't hold their grounds to the ultimate Bond woman, M (Judi Dench), aided by her assistant Tanner (Rory Kinnear).
In the film she’s featured front and center playing an essential part in the film as her past haunts her in the form of Silva (Javier Bardem).
Whenever Mr. Bardem has a unique hairstyle and speaking mannerism, he excels as the villain making him the best Bond villain during Daniel Craig’s turn as 007.
Aiding Bond is weapon’s expert Q (Ben Whitsaw) who shows promises filling in the shoes of his predecessors in the same role. With youth comes experience in the form of Kincade (Albert Finney in a scene-stealing role).
Serving as a foil to M is Intelligence and Security Committee Chariman Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), who questiosn the agency under her watch.
The film bounces back from “Quantum of Solace” and gives a fresh breath into the franchise as it recovers from is downfall as audience awaits the next chapter in the “Bond” franchise.
To see reviews of the film while in theater click here
Bonus Feature Review
In the DVD, Blu-Ray and Ultraviolet package of the film contains the following:
DVD: Transferring the film onto other platforms via Ultraviolet.
- “Shooting Bond”
- “Skyfall Premiere”
- Commentary by Director Sam Mendes
- Separate commentary by Producers Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson with Production Designer Dennis Gassner
- Theatrical trailer, soundtrack promo and other sneak peaks.
Movie Grade: 4.75 stars/5 stars
The only downfall to the film is the Bond girls but is made up for with the performance of Judi Dench’s M as her character take full front and a crucial part of the film’s plot. Daniel Craig excels as the every man’s Bond while Javier Bardem is the best villain so far in Mr.Craig’s turn as 007.
Blu Ray Grade: 4.5 stars/5 stars
The segment covers from the beginning to the end product to its premiere in England also includes bonus commentary focusing on different perspectives of the film.