(Rating: 12, 143 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge
Starring – Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw.
Daniel Craig’s pouty, Jason Bourne-esque James Bond returns for a third outing in Skyfall. Bond is left missing, presumed dead, after a mission in Turkey goes awry, thus a list of undercover MI5 agents falls into the hands of the enemy.
Of course, Bond isn’t dead and has simply taken an extended leave of absence in sunny climes, making a not-so-grand return to his beloved Blighty when HQ and boss, M (Dench), come under fire from terrorists.
The villain of this picture is Javier Bardem’s Silva, an unconventional nemesis with ludicrous platinum blonde tresses, cheesy smile, and camp demeanour – a man that would traditionally fall victim to 007’s brawn, if he weren’t a highly intelligent cybercriminal that’s consistently one step ahead, even managing to give the reborn Q (Whishaw) a run for his money.
For me, the film massively resembled Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, more specifically The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Bond becomes the broken and frail Batman that struggles to make a return to his finest form, while Bardem’s maniacal Silva was like Heath Ledger’s Joker, right down to his scheming and overall wild behaviour.
Ordinarily, Bond films are all about the hero trotting across the globe, though it felt right having the film set in the heart of London for the most part.
Craig managed to peel yet another layer from his onion-like Bond, offering more depth to the shallow womaniser as more information about his past and childhood was revealed without rendering him into a fully-grown Oliver Twist.
The introduction of Q also welcomed some nice homage and banter between he and Bond, with some great references to the films of yesteryear, which should keep Bond boffins happy.
There’s even a touch of Home Alone thrown in for good measure too.