November 12, 2012

Haiku Revieu: Skyfall


Skyfall (****)

Silva is crazy
Don't trust Eve to make the shot
Bond at his finest


POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. Let me be honest from the start—I'm not a long-time Bond fan. In fact, I started watching the movies when Pierce Brosnan took on the role and I've only ever seen bits and pieces of any of the movies that came before. (I've never been one to go out of my way to watch older, "classic" movies, from any genre.) I do, however, know a little about the canon and the style in which characters in Bond movies have always been portrayed—the sexy "Bond girl," the oddly crazy villain, the stoic and smooth-talking main character. I really feel like with this movie, Bond got back to his roots. (Both figuratively and literally.)

When Bond is being held by the film's villain, Silva—played wonderfully by Javier Bardem—he quips that his hobby is "resurrection." Skyfall is, appropriately enough, a movie about just that. Bond returns from "the dead" to fight for Queen (M) and country; Silva has also gone through hell and "risen" as a new man. And throughout the film, the MI6's capabilities and the need for the organization to exist is put into question. By the end of the film, much is resolved, and we viewers are left with a feeling that the only way to go, now, is forward. Definitely a much better feeling than the WTF I was left with at the end of Quantum of Solace.

Daniel Craig plays Skyfall's "aging" Bond to a T, but I've always loved his portrayal of the role (even, yes, in QoS). Bérénice Marlohe is lovely and mysterious as Sévérine, a true Bond girl with her strong outward exterior barely masking the emotional damage underneath. (I do feel like she was a bit under-utilized, though.) Judi Dench is awesome as M, as always; Naomi Harris' Eve is a character with room to grow; and the introduction of Ben Whishaw as Q is an intelligent move—Bond, even while paying homage to previous movies, does need to keep up with the times. The standout for me in the movie, however, was Silva. Javier Bardem plays the seriously creepy, unhinged, Oedipal complex-suffering role almost too well. (And that hair! What is it with Bardem and terrible hair?)

Regardless if you're a recent fan like myself, or have been a fan for much longer, I highly recommend Skyfall as a return to the Bond we all know and love.

As an aside, here's an interesting take on the two posters above. Can you guess which is the American version and which is the British one?

6 comments:

  1. So good!

    I've been a fan since I was little and I've seen all of the Bond movies, and Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond by far. There is a charm to the older films, but they are often plagued by silliness after being carried on too long and sometimes a break and restart is the best thing that can happen to the series. I like that the newer films can be serious, but still maintain their style. It also helps that Craig's Bond really fits his time period.

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    1. Glad to know it was good from a long-time fan's perspective too. :)

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  2. I loved it! I thought it was fabulous.

    Confession: I thought Bardem's character name was "Silver" because those silly Brits pronounce Silva and Silver similarly. LOL I was confused until the end credits, when everything finally clicked!

    But all in all, I was ridiculously entertained the entire movie and think Daniel Craig is very good as Bond.

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    1. Hilarious, Wini! I totally thought that too! It wasn't until I was looking up how to spell it that I found out it wasn't Silver. :D

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  3. GAAAAH. I LOVED THIS FILM. Daniel Craig is so effortless in the role, I'll admit that I'm having a hard time picturing anyone else in it, and the tension between Bond and Moneypenney? Perfection. Also, Silva = crazypants. Sometimes I worry that Javier Bardem is too good at playing the crazies. ;)

    Personal favorite, though?

    OH MY Q. Goodness gracious. *fans self*

    Such a great film. I can't wait to see it again.

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    1. Haha, yes. He is quite a cutie. Bit of an idiot—I mean, plugging that computer directly into the system? Even I knew that was a bad idea. ;)

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