MOVIE REVIEW: Bond faces mid-life crisis in ‘Skyfall’


By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

The mid-life blues get to James Bond in “Skyfall.” Our ruggedly handsome hero (Daniel Craig) is a step slower than he once was, and his aim isn’t what it used to be.

Higher-ups in the British government aren’t sure he’s up to the job of protecting the Crown’s interests at home and around the world.

Someone has stolen a hard drive that lists all the secret agents who have infiltrated terrorists networks across the globe. Bond’s already failed to recover the hard drive once, and was very nearly killed for his trouble.

M (Judi Dench) has been told her days in charge of the spy agency will be ending soon, but she doesn’t want to leave until the matter of the hard drive and the threat it poses are settled.

Ralph Fiennes plays Gareth Mallory, a government functionary who tells M and Bond that the future of spycraft probably won’t involve them. But he’s willing to give the pair one last chance.

Once Bond is free of office politics and on the hunt, it’s old-fashioned 007 fun. When he’s not beating up low-level bad guys, he’s bedding a woman with an exotic name, Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe).

He’s also tracking down a super villain. As Silva, Javier Bardem is menacing and cringe-inducing. He’s the kind of guy who always has a plan in the works.

The best thing to say about “Skyfall” is it feels like a Bond movie. That’s also a limitation, since formula can lead to predictability.

The film takes us a bit further into the relationship between M and Bond, but that famous British reserve never truly breaks down, which is probably for the best.

“Skyfall” is packed with fights, chases and explosions. We also meet a new, younger Q (Ben Whishaw).

The least said about other new arrivals the better because crucial plot points are involved. Let’s just say there are clever turns that will affect Bond’s world going forward into new films.

But I don’t think it will give anything away to say Bond’s mid-life crisis is safely behind him by the time the credits roll.

I give “Skyfall” a B plus.

It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Roadkill Bill Wizard 106.7 FM - He gives "Skyfall" a B plus.

‘It’s slightly predictable, but a whole lot of fun.’

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