Sam Mendes asserts his authority over the Bond franchise and delivers one of 007’s finest outings, effectively washing away the bad taste left by ‘Quantum of Solace’. Unlike that film, ‘Skyfall’ has well executed action, editing that won’t make your head explode, a plot and production that pays homage to Bond’s 50 years of cinema, and a story that weaves threads in from Craig’s prior films.
Casting is excellent, with some well known faces showing up to add some gravitas to proceedings. Meanwhile, Harris and Whishaw offer new takes on well known characters that finally appear Craig’s chapter of the franchise.
Bardem straddles the cheesy supervillain of old and modern day anarchist tropes with ease, but he and Craig are both outdone by Dench’s glorious turn as M. She was good with Brosnan, but she’s better with Craig and never moreso than here. It’s a masterclass in acting, and even more impressive given her health struggles at the time.
A thrilling film that brings the magic and spectacle of Bond back, whilst also delivering the most precise and sprawling epic in the history of the franchise.
FORMAT: 4K ULTRA HD BLURAY
That’s more like it. This one’s sourced from a native 4K master, and that combined with the beautiful photography by Roger Deakins means it’s bursting with detail in many shots, has exacting colour, and exhibits spot on levels. Some source related issues such as some average CGI hold it back from a perfect score.
Again, another 5.1 mix repurposed from the Blu-ray. Another full bodied and enveloping mix with no issues. It wonky missing the added benefit of an Atmos mix.