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SKYFALL

By ALICE COLEMAN

Skyfall is a Bond film that has been highly anticipated for the past year, though it became a controversial topic once the director’s name was announced. Many people thought that Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) was an unsuitable candidate to direct the third film in the Daniel Craig era, claiming he only knew how to create dramas and he wouldn’t be able to direct an action film. I think most expected to watch Bond have a midlife crisis and settle in suburbia.

I however, had faith; I had loved his previous films and thought it would be interesting to see where he would go with the new challenge. I became even more excited when Roger Deakins(Shawshank Redemption, No Country for Old Men) was announced as the cinematographer. I couldn’t help but get my hopes up. It wasn’t long before the hype started, tabloids were announcing it as ‘The BEST Bond ever!’ online forums were discussing it religiouslyand critics were raving. I always become dubious when this happens; hype has the potential to ruin films.

So by the time it came to sit down in the Urgoo cinema and wait for the film to start, I did feel, for the first time, a little apprehensive. The ten minute action packed opening sequence did everything that it should do, setting up the plot and completely sucking the audience in. My nerves were settled.

What ensued was a brilliant piece of cinema, Bond became human to us, we could connect with him, and we understood the idea of a changing world, where we can’t stop ourselves from getting older. There are action sequences, which thrill and are reasonably unbelievable, just like every other Bond film before it. There are many references to the old films that we’ve come to love, beautiful women, dapper men and stripped back technology.

Some people don’t like the lack of gadgets within the film, but I found it incredibly effective, we live in a world now where everything that is designed is smaller, slicker, cleverer, and easier. We believe in compact, effective technology and that is made apparent in the film. It also emphasises the change in Bonds world, it’s not the secret service it used to be.

It is also worth mentioning Javier Bardem, the films villain. He is sinister, calm and a presence on the screen. He instils a creeping fear within the viewer, making you feel physically uncomfortable when he speaks. His weapon is one of modern times, he is a computer hacker, but in a world run by computers, he has the potential to be one of the most threatening terrorists yet.

Towards the end, the film completely changes. It almost becomes homage to the old Bonds, stripping back the mise en scene to transform the journey that the audience and Bond are taking. It is in these scenes that Judi Dench really shines, becoming more than the cold, unfeeling character we thought she was.

Overall it has everything a Bond should have, but with an added bonus of being contemporary but with a nod to its predecessors. Quintessentially British and enthralling to the end this is a film made for Bond lovers, by Bond lovers.

 

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