Best Bond film ever?
11th November 2012
Certainly not. Opinion has been much divided on Skyfall; some reviewers sight it as the best Bond film to date, others loath it. In truth, Skyfall was always going to be an anti-climax. In the same way that Casino Royale symbolised Bond's rebirth, Skyfall was always going to symbolise his downfall. This film combines brilliance with mediocrity: Mendes opens the film with some opulent and outrageous action sequences -- so far so good!?
After that, the film slows a little to give the audience time to focus on Bond and how time, and his chosen profession, have taken their toll. Bond's character is far more on-show in this film than others; we see his facade of masculinity slip at times. At times though, the narrative seems to slow a little too much, giving the viewer the sense that the film is overly long -- better editing could have prevailed -- although the pace picks up towards the end of the film.
For me the real failings of Skyfall are the blandness of the plot and the indolent, removed, and wooden performance given by Naomie Harris. Her character is incomprehensible and largely superfluous to the storyline. Mendes has failed to sufficiently gel the narrative; in parts, the film wanders from location to location with no genuine sense of continuity or purpose.