Re: Skyfall....A Personal View...With NO Spoliers...
I'll have an attempt to write a full review in the spoiler thread after I've seen the film again as there is a lot to discuss. But for now...
There is always a different kind of buzz in the cinema when watching a Bond film. You get all types of people turning up of all ages, which I always think is cool. As I walked in the lobby a very excited woman came up to me and asked if I was watching James Bond, then persisted in telling me, herself and everybody else how much she loved Bond films. That was fine, but I was glad when she sat away from me. One thing I can't stand is talking through a film, and as soon as the PTS started the guy behind started to mumble. It got too much and after a polite dig to the knee and a stern "can you stop talking please" he shut up. But I felt like I missed out on the Stunning PTS because of this. Anyway, on to the film itself.
I thought the film was excellent. The script was fresh and I felt like I'm watching a new (and needed) type of Bond. I know some fans still want the gadgets and OTT villains and the lighter approach, but in this day and age it simply will not work. The tone in SKYFALL works. Craig gives a performance of Bond which is straight off the pen of Ian Fleming. He takes us into parts of Bond we've never seen on screen and he does it well. That being said, there is more humour to him than his previous performances, not gags as such, but humorous moments that got a strong reaction from the crowd.
The rest of the cast were also in fine form. Both Bond girls were good, but I'll leave it at that not to spoil anything. I always wanted to see Ralf Fiennes as a Bond villain, but this suited him much better. He is a great presence, and such a wonderful actor who plays of Judy Dench's M wonderfully. Speaking of which, M is much more of an interesting character than before. I always groan when I hear the same old "she has more to do in this film" but this time it worked. Rory Kinnear is the best Tanner we've had and works well as M's number 2. And Q, jury is still out on this one till I see the film again, but I did enjoy the banter between him and Craig. No sod it, he was decent and fresh and more importantly believable.
Javier Bardem was by far the most interesting villain we've had for a number of years. He was saddistic and creepy. My only gripe is you could tell the Joker influence a little too much in places.
The cinematography was fantastic. The Shanghai scenes were stunning and I loved the lighting. Easily the best looking Bond and possibley the best looking film of the year.
Editing was back to normal after the mess that was QOS. The pace of the action was well done and I could clearly tell what was happening on all accounts.
The score was so so. It wasn't bad but was forgettable. There were no themes running throughout and I felt like it was "just there" Some nice use of the Bond cues, but I'd have liked to of heard more.
I think that's it, much fingers ache now anyway. I will point out my negative in the film, at places it could be "The Dark Bond Rises." It was stated that Nolan was a influence on this film and you can clearly tell. It's hard to go into detail without spoilers but certain plot points have obviously been lifted from Batman. However it's without all the preach bullshit, so that's a plus from me.
Overall Skyfall is a great stand alone film as it is a Bond film. The script is fresh, the acting is top notch and plot is one we'll talk about for years to come. Yes at times it's a little close to Nolan's Batman and yes some fans will want the traditional bond, but to also nick (kind of) from Batman, this isn't the Bond film that some will want, it's the Bond film we need.