Am writing this post late coz I couldnt find free time as I was busy working for MI6. Duh.
Lets face it, we all go and watch a bond movie out of loyalty and not because it seems good, great or mind blowing in the trailer. If it was otherwise, the franchise would have tumbled and ended after Quantum of Solace. But, alas, this is not the case and everyone loves Bond and would like to give him another chance.
Skyfall does a good job at reviving the franchise at this special juncture of 50 years of Bond. The movie opens with Bond chasing a baddie with Eve (Naomi Harris) through busy streets which then develops into a bike chase. Bond almost had the baddie when M orders Eve to shoot at the grappling duo, the risk of Bond being shot notwithstanding. Bond gets shot and falls down the bridge into the river. Even as his obituary is being written, M faces some hacks apparently digging up her past. Bond returns to report to duty (how he survives the bullet wound and the fall-from-a-waterfall, remains a mystery) and is taken back after fitness tests. He is sent to Macau to retrieve the details of undercover agents and later meets Severine (Berenise Marlohe). Another mystery is that where the hell are the bond girls?? these two women have minimal screen time and we are left longing for more..
Enter Javier Bardem. He strikes the note as the brilliant-but-now-turned-psycho villain Silva with his menacing dialogues and manners. Somehow Bond manages to get him captured and returns to the HQ. Wait a minute. Whatever happened to Severine?? was she left on the island to die??
Silva scares the hell out of M storms out of his containment cell. An attempt to hack Silva’s laptop unleashes a virus which helps him escape. His target undoubtedly is to finish M. Bond gets on to another chase and gets M to a manor where he spent his childhood. Much to our dismay, Bond chooses to give the gadgets a pass this time and plans to counter the villain the good old way. This is where the plot goes out of line and seems to look like a Home Alone movie. You get the picture.
Lots of ammo and bombs later, Bond manages to kill Silva but M dies of a gunshot wound from the earlier fight in the manor. (Tears)
Two pleasant surprises in the end. Eve’s surname turns out to be Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes is the new M. I kind of felt bad that an actor of his caliber didnt have more screen space but we can expect to see more of him in forthcoming bond movies.. Credit also goes to Daniel Craig for his resilient acting.
In all, I felt if the second half was as gritty as the first, this would have turned out to be a very good movie. But it wasnt and I though am not disappointed, am not going to stop watching future bond movies.