Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
The new James bond film I think manages to surpass the first. On top of a solid narrative, it also manages to use form effectively, especially with color and mise-en-scene, and impressive acting. A depth of aesthetic form, even though not fully developed, is so rare in Hollywood. Skyfall deconstructs and then reconstructs the James Bond mythos, shaping it into a new reality laced with pain and emptiness, but never dominated by it. Daniel Craig, as always, gives us a darker, bleaker, but more driven Bond. Judi Dench’s M is flawless, and Javier Bardem gives us a fantastic villain with teeth. Naomi Harris’s Eve, Ben Wishaw’s Q, and Ralph Fiennes’s Mallory are all welcome additions.
Now shipping Bond/Q (I can’t resist the slash), and I am convinced Moneypenney is the eventual heir to MI6. Moneypenney’s name starts with an M. This is not a coincidence, folks.
Skyfall wins the Film and News Media Studies Master’s Student Seal of Approval. And I don’t pass out my approval as easy as I used to.