Suspension of Disbelief: Skyfall
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Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes
Despite (or maybe because of) growing up Bond-obsessed father, I never was much of a fan myself. I know I saw Quantum of Solace at some stage, but it was obviously so spectacular I can’t remember anything much about it.
That said, it should be noted that this review will not cover comparisons of this film to other installations in the Bond franchise, and is written by a girl who thought that maybe dinner and a movie with some friends might be a fun way to occupy a Friday night. It is also written by a girl who enjoyed her Friday-night Bond movie-going experience a lot more than she was expecting to.
First: The characters. Bond (Daniel Craig) is decidedly more well-rounded and human than one might expect, but at the same time…not (how did he survive that opening drama?). Eve (Naomie Harris), the “Bond Girl” was gorgeous and smart, although I have to admit that I was very disappointed that she ended up getting assigned to a desk job. As the villian, Silva (Javier Bardem) was a true delight! Which may sound odd for a villian, but he was wonderfully, terrifyingly megalomaniacal. Judi Dench was enigmatic and absolutely fantastic as M, in her own right, and also in her interactions with Bond. The new Q’s sass was delightful, although the plot details surrounding his hacking were full of holes.
The film is visually stunning, from the initial chase scene through Istanbul, through to the spectacular finale in the Scottish Highlands. Action is the Bond speciality, and it definitely didn’t disappoint, although it was its emotional depth which really made this film.
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