Humanized Bond makes ‘Skyfall’ best in series

By Anthony Solorzano II

For Bond’s 50th birthday, Eon Productions gives us a heart-warming, action-packed, witty 2 hour and 23 minute film that includes a magnificent song by Adele.

In Director Sam Mendez’s “Skyfall,” the character of Bond, played by Daniel Craig in his third installment as 007, is humanized rather than just seen as an agent protecting his country. The change gives the franchise a much needed different outlook for its 50th anniversary.

Filled with action packed car chases, breathtaking performances by the whole cast and a script that brings humor to the table, “Skyfall” will go down as one of the best films in the series and of the year.

In “Skyfall,” agent 007 goes missing after trying to recover the names and details of undercover NATO agents in terrorist organizations.

After discovering that MI6 has been attacked and his commanding officer M (Judi Dench) is being tormented by a villainous ex-MI6 agent named Tiago Rodriguez (Javier Bardem), Bond comes out of hiding and reports to duty.

Having directed emotional films such as “Away We Go” and the classic, “American Beauty,” Mendez was sure to bring out never-before-seen characteristics of the 007.

While Rodriguez is hunting the agents, Bond takes M to his hideout, which happens to be the house he grew up in. The estate is called Skyfall and with the help of the caretaker of the house Kincade, played by Albert Finney, the audience gets a short glimpse of Bond’s childhood; giving the audience an opportunity to relate with the character.

Rodriguez is only on screen approximately 30 minutes, but was an entity throughout the whole film.

Bardem makes those 30 minutes count, giving one of his best performances since “No Country for Old Men.”

When the character is first introduced, he confronts Bond who is handcuffed to a chair.

In the scene, Rodriguez tells the story of rats that end up eating themselves in order to survive, relating it to the way MI6 treats their agents.

Bardem’s monologue haunts and gives a sense of eeriness that has not been seen on screen since Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

Already an Oscar winner, Bardem’s portrayal of Rodriguez will catch the attention of Oscar voters just in time for award season.

Having met the criteria of almost every top award of this award season, “Skyfall” is a must see.

Rating: 5/5

Courtesy MGM

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