Craig is back. Is “Skyfall” a worthy Bond film? Or does it fall short like “Quantum of Solace”?

The Good

“Skyfall” is entertaining and thrilling. In fact, though I’m sure many will disagree, “Skyfall” is one of my favorite Bond films ever. The action gets going right from the beginning when director Sam Mendes lets us know this isn’t the same Bond we’re used to. Gone are the openings we’re used to . We’re dropped right in the action. And the action in this film is great. No shaking the camera so much so you can’t tell what the hell’s going on. It’s fun, entertaining and thrilling. But Mendes really shines with the performances he gets from his actors.

I won’t give away any more of the storyline that the trailer didn’t. But, I’ll say this. Judi Dench (“M”) gets her time to shine in this film and it’s about time. For too long she’s been limited to saying “Bond!” or “James?” in this series. Finally, she plays a much more integral role and it’s nice to see one of the best actresses to come along get her due in this series. Javier Bardem also steals scenes as the villain. There’s no evil plot to take over the world this time, but, his actions may seem the most justified of any Bond villain in history. This may not quite be to the level that he played in “No Country For Old Men”, but he’s a helluva better Bond villain than we’ve seen in years.

Between this film and “Cloud Atlas”, Ben Whishaw is quickly becoming one of my favorite young actors in Hollywood. This film also really cements Craig as one of my favorite Bonds of all time. There’s also two references for long-time Bond fans that should please them greatly.

The Bad 

I love this film. That being said, I think it fell just a little bit short of the very high praise it’s been getting. Let’s just say, nothing about this film was bad, but I wouldn’t be nominating it for Best Picture on my list. Also, the one thing I liked in “Casino Royale” the most was the vulnerable Bond that we saw. That apparently is gone with Bond becoming just short of a super hero with the stunts he pulls off in this film.

The Final Word

If you haven’t seen a Bond film in a long time, this is the one to jump back in with. “Skyfall” is thrilling, entertaining and one of the best Bond films ever, bar none. It might not be one of the year’s best come Oscar time, but “Skyfall” is a film that shows the Bond franchise is ready to keep kicking for another 50 years.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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