007: SKYFALL [movie] Review
If you’ve been keeping up with the Daniel Craig version of Bond, and have until now thought “I liked the original series better” THIS is the movie that will win you over.
Yes, it strays from the story line that “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” started, and that’s a good thing. They finally get into the wild territory of other missions, and really open up a great NEW world to play in.
Right away it’s obvious what they’re doing; throughout the film they continue to show you something, and then take it away. First the M16 HQ is blown up…to open the doors to the new digs, which is actually the original set. Revelation of more 00 agents…to find out there’s only two left. You meet the new Q…but find out they no longer will be making neat gadgets. His classic car makes a reappearance…and then is destroyed. Even the “Bond girls”…one dies, and the other turns out (shockingly) to be none other than MoneyPenny! Then of course, the biggest turn of events, M is killed…in order to bring in a whole new era of leadership.
- ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARY -
When Quantum came out, I wasn’t happy that they were deciding to rewrite such an important series. However, the entire theme of this film is a homage, a tip of the hat, a lil nod to how times are changing. And, like his predecessors, this new “modern” Bond must adapt. After all, no matter who’s played the role, the key to Bond’s success is that he is a survivor. We love him for his boyhood charm, respect him for his cunning intuition, but believe in him because in the end we know we can trust him. Skyfall is the new powers-that-be saying that they see we care, and they do as well.
Some people have pointed out the flaws in this movie, like the scene with the komodo dragon…it took his gun! Or the fact that all this new and powerful technology that they were pushing down your throats every two seconds sure did seem to fail them a lot!
But that’s not the point of this movie, everything - even the storyline - doesn’t matter. You have to see this as the gateway to a something new. Like how Halo isn’t actually the story of Halo, it’s just setting you up for something bigger. Skyfall is the new “Dr. No”, for me at least. And I loved it.
However when it comes to Bond, only one opinion matters to me, and that’s my dads. He grew up with these movies much like my generation has grownup with something like Halo. He even has a 007 tattoo on his arm! He’s been there since the beginning, so when I went to see it with him tonight I asked him what he thought, and he simply said “I thought it was great!”