Skyfall is considered one of the best James Bond movies in recent years, but that by itself isn't saying much. I prefer it to Quantum of Solace
, but it isn't necessarily any better than Casino Royale
. This is a no-frills Jame Bond movie, apparently by design, and lacks some of the style, gadgets and attitude that you come to expect in a movie like this. As a result, it feels a little incomplete. Instead, the focus is on character study of both James Bond and M, where Bond is portrayed as a man who has gotten a little old for the job and maybe too old fashioned, and M is portrayed in the same way. This is a James Bond for an aging baby-boomer post-911 generation.
In short, this is a movie about tracking down a rogue agent who wants revenge against M. One thing that makes a good James Bond movie is is great villain, and Javier Bardem
plays about a creepy of a villain as you can get. But the plot plays like a simple action picture, with minimal style. The movie started to lose me a little when the final battle takes place at a decrepit Scottish Mansion. I kept thinking that single drone missile would have ended the battle really quick, but this movie deliberately stays away from the really cool high-tech stuff. Instead, the film has a schizophrenic personality where it shows us many high-tech computer screens, but not much else in the way of cool technology.
The movie pays homage to the old Bond films by bringing out an Aston Martin DB5
, but even this emphasizes the theme of James Bond as an aging hero.