SKYFALL, the 23rd movie in the James Bond series, made landfall last week. And as is the case with virtually all Bond movies, there was a hurricane effect in the movie halls. It has been a long, long time since anyone watching a movie would have been so firmly riveted to the seat in the first fifteen minutes of any movie’s beginning. The scorching pace of the chase scenes in Istanbul is enough to get the adrenalin pumping and keep it like that for the whole of the movie, although the rest of the movie moves at a slower pace!
Sam Mendes, who directs SKYFALL has intense human dramas like REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and AMERICAN BEAUTY in his bag of credentials; it is therefore no surprise that he tries to penetrate the action layers and unravels chinks in the armour of Bond and his boss M, played brilliantly by Daniel Craig and Judi Dench respectively. An extract from John Pearson’s The Life of Ian Fleming goes like this: “There is reason for thinking that a more telling lead to the real identity of M lies in the fact that as a boy, Fleming often called his mother M….While Fleming was young, his mother was certainly one of the few people he was frightened of, and her sternness towards him, her unexplained demands, and her remorseless insistence on success find a curious and constant echo in the way M handles that hard-ridden, hard killing agent 007.” And it is that effort towards detailing the characters of M and Bond and of course the psychopathic villain (superbly enacted by Javier Bardem) that causes SKYFALL to be a few notches above the rest of the series. There is no hiding of the fact that Bond is ageing, he is surrounded by fewer scantily clad dolls and there are no miracle gadgets. And just in case you have failed to observe that there is a rationale for this, the humour in the dialogues awaken you to this. This blend of humour, the human touch and the action minus the miracle gadgets is the source of SKYFALL’s impact.
In fact, perhaps for the first time, the footage offered to M is substantially longer than all other actors barring Daniel Craig and the villain. And apart from the fact that the Jaguars and the Range Rovers shown are products of an Indian multi-national, the last scene involving M and Bond surely has been inspired by a number of Bollywood productions wherein such scenes are introduced to produce the lump in the throat feeling! The psychopath that Javier Bardem plays (he played a similar psychopath in the award winning NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) is very similar to the JOKER villain in BATMAN; and BOND here is less of an agent and more of a hero on a mission to get the villain. Very close to Bollywood, I would say. As a result, Barbara Broccoli, producer of SKYFALL shouldn’t be surprised to see a Bollywood remake: produced by Creative Cauliflower and titled AMBERGIRA!
RATING: 4 out of 5
November 3rd, 2012

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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