Saturday, November 10, 2012
For most of Skyfall's ample running time, I kept thinking "This is not a Bond film." Now, after some reflection, I can say, This is much more than a Bond film.
It has everything you would expect in a Bond film including great action, lovely women, gorgeous location filming, and a terrific villain played by the formidable Spanish actor Javier Bardem. One down note: The theme song by Adele is terrible and the busy score by Thomas Newman works well enough but lacks the flavor of the legendary John Barry's music.
But in the hands of director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan, you get much more than you expect from a 007 film including a rather serious and even topical story about the accountability of government decision making; a rather adult theme about getting old and losing your edge; and even a big reveal about the origins of James Bond himself.
This Bond delivers a big and satisfying entertainment. Who knows? Maybe this one will be up for an Oscar?
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday Nov 10, 2012