Review: ‘Skyfall’ celebrates 50 years with aplomb

Here is a toast to one of the most cherished character from the 100 years of Cinema.

The new Bond film took me a while to get into the heat of things here. There were a lot of different riveting spaces that it went. But it still stuck to its strengths. It also came around with some intense action sequences. The opening credits which features the now insanely popular Adele crooning the words Skyfall with some images of Bond burned to ashes and seeming to negotiate an end.

The plot is easy enough, but it is the use of imagery and unreasonable characterization that keeps looking at all the beauty. This is a powerful tentpole studio production, but it seems to have a lot of breathing space. This turn in the franchise can be accounted to the work Nolan did for his Batman series. It still cannot overlook the fact that Sam Mendes has created a separate, lean, mean machine.

The film opens with a play of shadows and light on the face of Bond. This is then followed by a high energy trail shot beautifully in Turkey on the rooftops of the country with an ensuing a Train set piece. The film also loses the plot at certain points. It begins flow into compelling ways. There are some beautiful sets used to create a place of refuge. Fear is dispelled with a lot of pops in this Bond film. It is enacted by the Julian Assange character sketch by the talented Javier Bardem.

Bardem brings some of the smiles to the franchise. His final act reminds us of the church scene in There Will be Blood. Bardem opens the wounds inflected by the agency with the use of his physicality. That point inevitably brings in a different shade to the idea of a villain and cannot be missed. Bardem and Craig seem to love being at each other’s throats slicing through each other’s plans with corresponding frustration. It is in this intrinsic system that we get to see a part of Bond that he wings in the first meeting with Silva played by Javier Bardem.

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There is a delicate dance between the two main protagonists Bond and M. M played by Judi Dench gets to play out her job with a lot of more zest in this one. She is given a lot more freedom which has been something that has been lacking in the previous Bond films.

Quartermaster aka Q supplements the use of equipments with the sheer beauty of Ben Whishaw’s performance. This year has been outstanding for him with his performance in Cloud Atlas but not washed over me. Ralph Fiennes also portrays Mallory with a little bit of menace. It is in the addendum does his character’s first letter in the character come alive and gives us a reason to smile.

This film also being the 50th anniversary of the dear man there is a Herculean sense of celebration throughout the film. The old, nostalgic elements in the older films have been added subtly for fans of the license to revisit the old ones. There is also a understanding with many viewers after coming out of the movie that M could have also been a remarkable Bond Girl. It does seem bent enough, but by raising a tribute to their relationship, and a lot of different things have opened up. We also expect different things to come with all the wounds surfacing and Bond finally coming to terms with himself and the fans.


John has a keen sense of what ticks in the world of film. He can also be seen in three distinct short film titled Woken Shell, The Tea Shop in the Moon and The Waiting. Cinema has been the basic diet he has been on for the last 10 years. His personality can be judged by the choices of his films.


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