Skyfall left me with mixed emotions. I had a fun time all through it but at the end I wasn't able to figure out whether I liked it or loved it. After mulling over that thought for a day, I figured it has to do with the reinvention that the Bond franchise has gone through with this film and the reason why Sam Mendes was brought in makes sense now.
Assumed dead after an opening chase sequence goes wrong Bond (Daniel Craig) comes back when MI6 headquarters is bombed and M's (Judi Dench) past comes back to haunt her in the form of Silva (Javier Bardem). This time Bond has to stop Silva from getting to M.
Skyfall is the best looking Bond film I have seen in recent times. Most of the time I was so distracted and in awe of Roger Deakins's work, which is partly the reason the film didn't work for me on an emotional level. The mood he creates in the first half can put you to sleep (I say that in a good way). It has that kind of a calming effect on your nerves.
Along with Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins there is one more new addition to team Bond. That is writer John Logan (Hugo, Rango, Gladiator, Any Given Sunday). I am very interested to know what his inputs in re-inventing Bond were.
Sky fall is more of a personal film. It's about M as the mother figure torn between the good son and the bad son.
People expecting the regular Bond fare will be slightly disappointed. My advice, go in with the idea of accepting something new and you will come out deeply satisfied.
The climax was a bit of a turn off and also Javier Bardem's character which starts off brilliantly with a slow walk monologue and that one scene in which you see the ugliness and trauma of the character loses steam unceremoniously towards the end. The character becomes a caricature of itself.
Word of mouth - The Sky will rise for those who accept the new Bond. For the rest this franchise takes a fall with this one.