Friday, November 2, 2012

Skyfall - Not a review

Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond, Skyfall, is also touted to be the biggest Bond film ever, out of the 23 films produced in 50 years of Bond. I usually would not do a review for Skyfall, but I realized that while I have seen the film almost a week ago, its actually releasing in India this weekend and in US, the next weekend? Oh well, so this is not a regular review, just a detailed feedback on the film and what to expect.

It wasnt the first trailer, but the second one that got me hooked on to Skyfall expectantly. With the reboot of series with Casino Royale (2006), the idea of Eon Productions has been to take Bond back to his roots, where he is stripped off his fancy avatar and gadgets, thrown in a world of nitty-gritty basic action triggered by the devil in blonde hair, Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva. Director Sam Mendes plays out his cards with a crackling flair, subtly placing in all the cues and motifs of a Bond film slyly pleasing the crowds, but what he manages best is to construct Silva as a megalomaniac anti-hero who has a funny bone that pricks him to do the damage more subtly than ever, just with a pop sound. Mendes tunes up his act with a lot of hard-hitting amateur action, some fine connect-the-dots moments of Bond films and a lot of crowd-pleasing exchange of words. The problem here resides in the simplicity of the outlining plot. Silva is portrayed as ferociously evil, but in the third act of the movie, his larger menacing image possibly with fiendish plans against the MI6, is belittled to a petty revenge, leaving you underwhelmed. Skyfall doesnt live up to the wit and the wonder of the first Bond films, or even Casino Royale for that matter.

Roger Deakins cinematography is one of the finest works you will see in a long time and it just leaves you mesmerized with each frame, specially the Shanghai sequence and the climax. Craig puts his heart out as Bond but its Bardem who walks away with the trophy in this one. As an oddball Silva, Bardem creates a freaky villain that is going to be more memorable than the film. While Skyfall takes Bond back to primitive yet effective fighting techniques, it lacks the overall coherence to give you a feeling of completeness. Most of the reviewers have already declared it the best Bond film ever. Lets just say, Silva would become the best Bond adversary ever. 

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