Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Skyfall: James Bond Rocks at 50

skyfallThe film, starring Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007 as well as new Bond girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, opened to an astonishing $32.4 million (£20.1 million) in Britain alone making it the second highest UK IMAX debut ever behind The Dark Knight Rises.As of 31 October 2012, the film has made $96.6 million.Skyfall has received critical acclaim.
 
The Daily Telegraph's reviewer, Robbie Collin, considered Skyfall to be "often dazzling, always audacious", and observed that as well as excellent action sequences, the film was "also full of humour and warmth".Collin predicted that the film "will be a stratospheric hit".Reviewing for The Times, Kate Muir called Skyfall, "a great British bulldog of a movie … a triumphant return to classic Bond",which she considered to be "a resurrection, and [which] will go down as one of 007's best".Writing for her sister paper, The Sunday Times, Edward Porter considered the action scenes to be "tough and crunchy",although he also thought that "the exaltation of [Bond] is achieved with wit and panache".Porter went on to write that the climax to the film was slightly disappointing, although the "weaknesses in the final stages are not serious, however, and the film's brief epilogue is wonderful".

Philip French, writing in The Observer, described Skyfall as "possibly the best" of the 23 Eon movies, and concluded that it is "admirably staged, has a suitably sombre look, and the oddly moving final scenes have an elegiac grace and a tragic sense that the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service only hints at. At the centre, Craig manages to get out of the shadow of Connery."He criticised the film for "some lazy repetition" and argued, "the badinage is often perfunctory and Bond is as usual captured too easily and too easily escapes."The Daily Record also praised Skyfall, saying that the film was "brimming with action and excitement"and could possibly be considered as "what just might be the 007 agent's finest hour".Reviewing for New Statesman, Ryan Gilbey saw that "Nostalgia permeates the movie",going on to say that "sometimes the old ways are the best".Gilbey thought that Craig had "relaxed into Bond without losing any steeliness".

The reviewer for Irish Independent considered that Skyfall may be "the best Bond in many a moon, and maybe even the best of them all."With a script that "balances humour and suspense skilfully" and a leading actor in Craig who "seems more relaxed and at ease in the role", the conclusion was that "Skyfall is a hugely enjoyable rollercoaster ride and easily the best action film this year".
Overall Movie Rating ****1/2
Legends
5 – Flawless
4 – Must Watch
3 – One Time Watch
2 – Wait for the DVD
1 – Stay Away
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