Skyfall: The Good, The Bad & The Cliched
November 01, 2012 @ 00:00 am
The trailer has been dancing temptingly in front of us for months now. And just when we were about to climb up the walls in frustration, the makers took some pity on us and released it in India. But is the new Skyfall worth all those months of agony and n
If dizzying action, ravishing beauties, supersonic cars and breath taking chases is all that you look out for in a Bond movie, then congrats! Skyfall is the most epic Bond movie and what are you doing at home reading this review? Go out, buy a ticket and lose yourself in Daniel Craig and the electrifying Bardem. (And for future reference, remember to watch a Bond movie at least thrice if you want to get a proper handle on its awesomesness). However, if you like to hold out for more and believe that a strong plot too should play a part, then you may walk away just a tad disappointed.
The plot of the twenty third edition of the Bond franchise is simple enough: MI6 is under attack and the identities of several secret service agents are now in the wrong hands. Hail the mighty Bond, with Eve at his side, who sets out to recover the hard drive before it gets splashed across the web à la Wikileaks. And while Skyfall outshines its predecessors when it comes to the dazzling fight sequences and witty repartees, it also leaves you a bit let down. We love the movie at the same time; wish it had that something extra. So before we get pegged as an outcast and an anti-Bond pariah, we divide it into three categories for you:
The Good: One word: Javier Bardem. Okay, sorry that’s two words, but we just can’t get enough of the guy. As the crooked cyber terrorist, Javier Bardem effortlessly steals the spotlight from every Bond villain that’s ever sauntered into the sets of a Bond flick. Once you are done gushing over badman Bardem, stand up and give director Sam Mendes a roaring ovation; critics might have dubbed him as an unconventional choice, but we doubt anyone else would have been able to extract the best from Daniel Craig, Dench, Ralph Fiennes and young Ben Winshaw, without any of them overshadowing the other.
The Bad: As it happens, the ambience at Bond’s fiftieth birthday bash is somewhat ruined by the haywire plot. The premise has you believe that recovering the agents’ identities is of paramount importance, but an hour into the film, and the agents have fallen by the wayside to make way for the typical larger than life fight sequences and break neck chases.
The Clichéd: A month ago, had anyone told us that Skyfall has more clichés than a Karan Johar movie; they would have ended up in the hospital with a broken neck and a twisted arm. But watching the film gives you that unmistakable sense of déjà vu; at times you can almost predict what’s going to happen next. Honestly, Sam Mendes, for a population that’s grown up doting on James Bond movies, we KNOW that when the badass villain is caught early in the movie, he wanted to be caught. And when the hero faces the gun early in the movie, he isn’t going to end up fatally injured.
Bottom Line: Sam Mendes has set the stage right for a devastating finale, but we could do without the detour into Bond’s past and the touchy feel recognition of his relationship with M. Call us biased if you will, but we prefer Bond minus the jokey banter and the soft headed nostalgia.
MTV Rates: 3.5/5
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