If you were worried about the future of the Bond franchise after the crushing disappointment of Quantum of Solace, rest assured: Skyfall recently screened in London, and according to the early reviews, it ranks among the best in the Bond series. Some critics have even called it the greatest Bond film ever, comparing its darker, more serious tone to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The movie currently has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s what some critics had to say:
Peter Dubrage from Variety: “Whatever parallels it shares with the Bourne series or Nolan’s astonishingly realized Batman saga, Skyfall radically breaks from the Bond formula while still remaining true to its essential beats, presenting a rare case in which audiences can no longer anticipate each twist in advance. Without sacrificing action or overall energy, Mendes puts the actors at the forefront, exploring their marvelously complex emotional states in ways the franchise has never before dared.”
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter: “Bond watchers have been especially eager for Skyfall to arrive for several reasons, particularly to see if the Craig sequence of films can bounce back from the crushing low of Quantum of Solace after starting so high with Casino Royale, and to evaluate what fresh perspective might be delivered by big and unexpected talents like director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins. The answers are ‘yes’ to the first proposition and ‘quite a bit’ to the second.”
Katey Rich from CinemaBlend: “Midway through the film he deadpans that his hobby is ‘resurrection,’ and though this new Bond was technically introduced six years ago, it really does feel like he’s been reborn. With a perfect mix of classic Bond tropes and fresh, modern style, Skyfall is vital, thrilling and consistently surprising; it’s as good as Bond has ever been, and a more than convincing argument that James Bond matters more now than ever before.
David Poland from Movie City News: “One of the great things about Brooding Bond this time is that the villain in the piece, Bardem, brings him to life. It’s like watching a great heavyweight fighter getting some real competition for a change and stepping it up. (The same is true of another actor in the film who goes toe-to-toe with Javier.) It is a pleasure – and it’s been a long, long time – to see the great actor used as The Bad Guy in the Bond film used for his strengths and not just to chew up scenery. The Uber Villain isn’t a traditional Bond villain with traditional Bond goals. As the third of three inward-looking Bond films, this one feels like the most effective in terms of that goal. (I’ll still take Casino Royale as the best of the three.) And by the time it is over, I felt satisfied about that journey.”
Kate Muir from The Times: “Skyfall is a great British bulldog of a movie. From the moment the orchestral sound of Adele belts out, sending a nostalgic shiver down the audience’s collective spine, we know this will be a triumphant return to classic Bond. Sam Mendes, the director, deftly balances fanboy worship of 007 tradition with sophisticated film-making, and (apart from early Connery), nobody does it better than Daniel Craig.”
Skyfall hits theatres Nov. 9.