Over the first 40 years of the series, James Bond films have had a tendency to follow predictable plots, showcase fascinating gadgets, and disrobe beautiful women.

Not this one.

If you’ve avoided seeing “Skyfall” because it was a Bond Film, you may want to reconsider.  Here’s why:

1)  The plot is deep, very deep

It deals with aging, the effects of childhood trauma, revenge, personal demons, and a whole slew of deep topics you wouldn’t see in traditional Bond films.  I like to believe I have a talent for predicting plots, but this one kept me guessing for most of the movie.

Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) went out of his way to zig when you thought he would zag.  At one point, the antagonist (played by Javier Bardem) was rubbing Bond’s Adam’s apple to distract him during questioning.   I’ve never seen anything like that from a villain and was completely delighted by the unexpected twists that made this film unique.

2) The film is beautiful

The locations and beautiful shots are magical:  an island casino in Macau, the foggy highland countryside of Scotland, rooftops of Istanbul near the Hagia Sophia, downtown London, and a mysterious island off the coast of Japan.  All stood out as authentic, unique, and supportive of the mood.  This is a film lovers film.  I think Roger Deakins, the British cinematographer (a nine-time Oscar nominee and man behind the look of “No Country for Old Men, “A Beautiful Mind” and “Shawshank Redemption”) should be up for an Oscar.  You can see a bit of it here in the trailer:

3) Javier Bardem and the cast

I thought Daniel Craig brought credibility and humanity to the James Bond character when he came on board for Casino Royale (2006).  In this one, Javier Bardem adds a whole new dimension to the film.  As an academy award winner and two time nominee for “Best Actor”, Bardem is one of the best villain actors out there.  He doesn’t disappoint in Skyfall.  He makes the movie special and should be nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor.

4) There may never be one like it again

– James Bond is falling apart and seems ready for retirement
– The most important woman in the film is old (Judi Dench), not a super model
– There are no remarkable new gadgets or weapons
– There is more failure than success

5) It was entertaining

We buy movie tickets to entertain.  This movie delivered.  While it is not a humorous film, it will keep you on the edge of your seat and stimulated throughout.

Don’t wait for Red Box or Netflix.  See it in theaters.

– Aaron @Biebert

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