By Cody (Phoenix, Arizona)


Skyfall is the 23rd edition of the 007 franchise and to put it simply, it’s a great movie.

The main points that make Skyfall great are the characters and the script. Whether you enjoy Daniel Craig or not as Bond, he does a fantastic job of showing the vulnerable, human side of the Bond. Judi Dench is also very good returning as M. Judi Dench, like Craig shows that M’s vulnerable side, the fact is that as head of MI6 she’s made regrettable decisions. One of her decisions leads to the creation of the villain Silva played by Javier Bardem.

Javier Bardem is the standout role in the movie. The direction he takes with his character, by the way he conducts his voice while saying his lines and his facial gestures show his personality as both a psychotic, yet calm and methodical villain. The well written script further solidifies the movie with lines and dialogue that build off one another. The characters bicker and have witty comebacks that make the conversations seem normal instead of bland and cliché.

Then there’s the musical score which is nothing less than definitive James Bond. Finally is the cinematography and direction. Roger Deakins who also shot The Shawshank Redemption is still in his prime because the visuals in this movie are nothing short of perfect.

The director Sam Mendes brought so many elements together to make sure each aspect coincides with one another to make not just a movie, but a work of art.

Rating: 4.3/5

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