Its been 50 years of Bond & the world's most popular secret service agent is back. So how does the much awaited Skyfall fare? Gritty, stunningly shot & deliciously vintage...yet a farcry from the oldschool James Bond.
A very important point one must note. This is not the same Bond we have always watched. Move over suave 007 with fancy cars & gadgets. Enter vulnerable 007 who is much more real & intense. A mission goes awry & Bond goes missing. In the meantime, Silva(Javier Bardem) launches an attack on MI6. Ofcourse Bond returns to face the challenge & the film revolves around the cat and mouse game between the two with the aim to save M(Judi Dench). While the narrative is taut for a chunk of it, the climax could have surely been much better.
The show belongs to 2 people. Javier Bardem for pulling off one of the best Bond villains in the franchise to date & Roger Deakins for the exquisite cinematography. The first action scene was brilliant, but overall, we have seen far superior work.
Yes its got its classic references of the Omega watch, the Aston Martin(a master stroke in this film) & his Martini, but it all way too subtle for the purists. I would have loved him to say, 'Shaken, not stirred' rather than 'Its perfect', but I guess that's the difference. For those looking for the Bond we have seen with Sean Connery, Roger Moore & Pierce Brosnan, this is not the place. While its not the best Bond film from them all, its surely great fun.
Less sensationalized, more sensitized, this 007 is not for those looking for a popcorn-entertainer. Skyfall is like a deadly Molotov Cocktail, that looks raw but causes some serious carnage!