Written May 05, 2016
Skyfall strips the James Bond franchise down to it's essentials, with affectionate nods to past adventures along the way (the Walther PPK, the Aston Martin, Q and Moneypenny). But rather than simply wallow in nostalgia, the movie also reshapes Bond to truly fit the modern age; something Casino Royale began, but more in set dressing (the use of cellphones and computers) than actual story line. Gone are over the top supervillains with outlandish fortresses in space or stroking their cats in hallowed out volcanoes. Today's threats are more internal and tenacious (a rogue agent who seeks revenge through cyberterrorism and is not hellbent on ruling the world so much as turning it upside down). A recently injured Bond also must rediscover essential truths about himself in order to regain full confidence. It's also one hell of a ride, too! This may very well be the most personal Bond movie; but it's not a soap opera by any means. One of the best Bonds in years.
Written March 28, 2015
If you are a fan of Casino Royal then you will enjoy this movie! Great action sequences which is a given since its a Bond movie. Looking forward to more Bond movies after this one.
Written July 31, 2015
I really enjoyed the latest installment of the Bond films. Much more a character-based drama than previous Bond films have been, and it is not short on action either.
Great tributes/nods to previous films in the franchise and a fabulous introduction to old covers (Q, among others)!
The movie has a great pacing, shown by the feeling that it ends too quickly, even though you spent 2.5 hours watching the screen.
Written May 16, 2013
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Written May 26, 2015
Easily the most "realistic" of all the Bond movies. Lots of action and seduction, sure, but we see more of Bond's inner conflict and personal struggle as well. The plot is plausible and the outcomes felt real and logical. Enjoyable on many levels.