Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review of Skyfall

Suspense. Beautiful Women. Handsome Men. Great Dialogue. Terrific acting. Fantastic directing. Breath-taking scenery of international locales. And action action and still more action.

If any or all of these key words are what you seek when choosing which movie to see, RUN, do not walk to see the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall. Fans have been waiting since 2008 for Skyfall to hit movie screens. Skyfall is the 23rd film of the James Bond franchise, and coincides with James Bond's 50th anniversary.

The thing i like most about the subliminal thread that runs throughout Skyfall is the blending of the modern with the traditional and how one should employ and have respect for both as it is essential to adaptation in a changing world.

Speaking of breath-taking and handsome---2 words: Daniel Craig. OMG! Not only does the man have the most devastatingly blue eyes one may ever lay eyes upon---his physique is impressive to say the least. But it's not only about eye-candy. Mr. Craig is fully in the moment of every scene and bringing more layers than a filo dough pastry to his 007.

Dame Judi Dench as M has acting chops to spare. What she can do with just a look, speaks decibles in the highest ranges. Javier Bardem as Mr. Silva is the villain you will love to hate
and with whom you can commiserate. Not an easy trick to pull off but Mr. Bardem does and quite skillfully. Naomie Harris as Eve may not be a crack markswoman but she is game for whatever M asks of her and matches Mr.Bond double entendre for double entendre and it is extremely satisfying to watch them play off each other.

Bérénice Marlohe as Severin is glamorous and fragile as a 'Bond girl' in the best tradition of the archetype. As i try to avoid spoilers whenever possible all i will say about Ralph Fiennes' Mallory, aside from a brilliant performance, is resist the impulse to judge this book by his cover. Ben Whishaw as Q is not only adorable, he is whip-smart. Albert Finney's performance as Kincade is rock solid.

There are an assortment of baddies & good guys that no Bond film would be complete without and audiences will be on the edges of their seats with every encounter between the opposing sides.

Skyfall's theme song performed by Adele [written by Adele and Paul Epworth] is the lovely twist of lemon on this perfectly dry and shaken cinematic martini.

Skyfall rated PG-13 is in movie theaters now.


Press Release: London, October 29th 2012 – Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce that Skyfall made history this weekend as it opened to an incredible £20.1 million at the UK box office, making it the biggest Bond opening weekend of all time.

SKYFALL, the 23rd James Bond adventure, continuing the longest running and most successful franchise in film history, opened in 587 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 26th October. It will release in the US on November 9th.

It is now also the biggest Bond movie of all time in the UK exceeding the £55.6m achieved by Casino Royale in 2006.

In response to the #1 UK opening, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said "We are thrilled and proud to reach this box office landmark in record time and are delighted that UK audiences continue to enjoy Skyfall." "We are absolutely overwhelmed with the reaction to Skyfall this weekend. It is particularly thrilling as the UK is home to James Bond and it being the 50th anniversary year."

"We could not be more proud of this amazing achievement. Kudos again to all involved with this film, which clearly delivers on every level," said Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM.

"Skyfall continues to set records in the UK and all over the world and we could not be more proud of the film and its continued success," said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution.

"This staggering box office result clearly demonstrates that the filmmakers behind SKYFALL, director Sam Mendes and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, have delivered a film that the fans have been eagerly awaiting," said Gary Barber, Chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. "We are proud to be partners with EON and Sony on SKYFALL and look forward to sharing the movie with audiences across the globe."

"Sony Pictures is proud of its part in bringing this great film to audiences around the world and to have Skyfall embraced at such unprecedented levels is tremendously exciting," said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan

Skyfall Official Site